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IFF Opposes Idaho Morality Police

Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation argues reasonably against a memorial pushed by six Canyon County legislators, asking the FCC to crack down on extramarital sex on TV. Writes Wayne:

Unlike Saudi Arabia’s bizarre and inexplicable pursuit of plaster dinosaurs, the target of Idaho lawmakers’ complaint regarding broadcast television is obvious. There’s no question there’s more sex and sexual innuendo on television. But there’s also more television. Channels and programs abound. Some lawmakers think, because the Idaho Constitution requires the Legislature to promote “virtue” and “the purity of the home”that they must act. They shouldn’t, and here’s why: Whenever the government assumes the role of morality police, it is legally charged with dictating what consumers see and hear, or don’t see and hear. That means a government bureaucrat, or a board of government bureaucrats, makes the decisions for us, instead of allowing people in the free market to make the choices. More here.

Question: Are you surprised your on the same side of this issue as Wayne Hoffman? Or are you?

Obama Wants Indecency Policy Again

Item: High court asked to reinstate FCC indecency policy against nudity, cursing on television/Mark Sherman, AP

More Info: The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate a policy that allows federal regulators to fine broadcasters for showing nudity and airing curse words when young children may be watching television. The administration is seeking the high court's review of appeals court rulings that threw out the Federal Communications Commission's rules against the isolated use of expletives as well as fines against broadcasters who showed a woman's nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of ABC's “NYPD Blue.”

Question: Do you think there's too much cursing on television during hours that children are watching?

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