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Religious Leaders Fight Sleazy TV Networks

Thursday, 06 September 2001 12:00 AM

Just as NewsMax.com and the New York Times were reporting that

Among the topics to be discussed are "Mores, Morality, and the Media - What’s a Parent to Do?”, "Countering the Cultural Assault on Children”, and (Is a senator from New York listening?) "It Takes a Family to Raise a Child.”

"It’s hard for me to believe that that’s a problem [the lowering of TV standards] in particular that will not be discussed,” Family Action Council General Secretary Maurice McBride told NewsMax.com.

Included among the speakers lined up for the event are Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Allan C. Carlson of The Howard Center for Family and Religion, Elder Ralph W. Hardy Jr. of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), Rabbi Daniel Lapin of Toward Tradition, and the Hon. Mokhtar Lamani of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the U.N.

Among the lawmakers to speak will be Reps. Jo Ann S. Davis, R-Va., and John T. Doolittle, R-Calif.

Authors Dinesh D’Sousa and movie critic Michael Medved are on the program. The latter has been known for his searing critiques of lowered standards on TV and the movies. In fact, the talk show host and newspaper columnist will be the conference’s kick-off speaker for the Saturday session. The meeting will be on the House of Representatives side of Capitol Hill on Friday, Oct. 26. The next day, the proceedings move to DAR Constitution Hall.

McBride, an attorney, told NewsMax that he thinks the Federal Communications Commission should take an interest in network plans to race to the gutter. But he lacks faith that the federal government will do anything.

His own opinion, as a parent, is that "It’s my responsibility to monitor the media in my own home.”

Absent that, he says, the media have "have failed to provide any sense of confidence that they’re going to be doing anything” to correct the situation.

And the FCC "has its own challenges with lawsuits in respect to so-called freedom of speech issues.”

Not that McBride believes the First Amendment "actually covers those kinds of things, but certainly courts have interpreted it as such.”

"I don’t have any faith in the FCC to do any thing about it, that’s what I’m saying.”

And the argument that gutter language is more and more commonplace and is "reality"?

"Actually they’re correct in that. It is being done more and more.” It’s just that the Family Action Council official does "not look to the federal government” to correct that because they "have not indicated that they’re going to be tightening standards.”

Among the organizations backing next month’s World Conference of Families are the Beverly LaHaye Institute, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Family Research Council, The Howard Center, Toward Tradition, BYU Management Society, Concerned Women for America, Heritage Foundation, Southern Virginia University, and BYU World Family Policy Center.

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