Here, Gabe…here’s your sign(s). This is a road I cross when I go to the hospital my mom’s in right now:
Most Important F-Word Is Family, Court Rules
Since Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” and Bono’s mouth malfunction, networks have argued that they shouldn’t be liable for indecency if it’s “unscripted.” Millions of viewers–and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)–disagreed. After an avalanche of complaints, the FCC modified its policy in 2004 and decided to punish even a single profane word on live television. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that policy in an overwhelming victory for American families. By a 5-4 decision, the justices overturned a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court ruling and empowered the FCC to fine networks that violate the rules. The court stopped short of deciding whether the FCC’s policy is constitutional, but Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that it was “neither arbitrary nor capricious.” In his opinion, he talked about the power of profanity to insult and said, “fleeting expletives constitute harmful first blows to children; it suffices to know that children mimic behavior they observe.”
Taxation without Marriage Representation
For FRC, it’s been a busy day in the District. I rushed from an interview about Gov. Sebelius on FOX News (which you can watch online at http://www.frc.org), to a D.C. marriage rally led our good friend, Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor of the local Hope Christian Church. After voting to recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages” earlier this month, the D.C. City Council may soon try to take matters even further by legalizing counterfeit marriages performed in the District. Today’s event at Freedom Plaza drew an enthusiastic crowd of African-American pastors and congregations who are committed to mobilizing God’s people for the battle over marriage.
Unlike other states, redefining marriage in D.C. on May 5th would trigger a congressional view of the city’s decision and a potential ballot initiative in the nation’s capital. Although city leaders made their first decision without any warning or input from constituents, Harry and his coalition are making it clear to Washingtonians, the Council, and Mayor Fenty that the District will fight to protect the institution of marriage.
Later in the afternoon, a separate press conference on the hate crimes bill, H.R. 1913, took place in advance of tomorrow’s vote in the House. FRC continues in our unwavering opposition to hate crimes legislation, which gives unequal protection to crime victims and lays a potential legal foundation for investigating, prosecuting and persecuting pastors and anyone else who expresses disapproval of homosexual conduct. Log on to http://www.frcaction.org today and join the 22,000 who have already signed our petition! While you’re there, check out the blog’s makeover at http://www.thecloakroomblog.com.
Additional Resources Link to FRCA’s hate crimes petition