Seventy pro-family organizations have joined to oppose President Obama’s nomination of Tom Wheeler as new head of the Federal Communications Commission because of his lack of commitment to hold the line on obscenity and nudity on network television.
You can read the news story: Conservative Groups Urge Senate to Block Wheeler Over Broadcast Indecency
Below is the text of a letter opposing Mr. Wheeler’s nomination, signed by the leaders of these 70 pro-family organizations, including David Fowler.
July 9, 2013
We are writing to ask that you oppose Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s nominee to chair the Federal Communications Commission, unless he agrees to lead a vigorous effort to enforce the federal decency law, 18 U. S. C. 1464, which prohibits indecency and profanity on broadcast TV and on radio.
Mr. Wheeler was given the opportunity to take a stand on decency enforcement during his nomination hearing but instead sidestepped the issue. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) asked Mr. Wheeler, “Where would you take the broadcast decency policy?” In response, Mr. Wheeler’s recognized that indecency is a problem, referencing concern for his grandchildren, but did not discuss enforcement. Mr. Wheeler can’t just say there is a problem; he needs to say how he will use his enforcement authority as FCC chairman to fix it.
The American public has a right to decency at home. No network or shock jock has any right to invade that sacred space with indecent programming. Yet, the immediate past chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, refused to bring even one enforcement action on indecency during his four years in office.
The FCC is the guardian of decency on broadcast TV and radio. The next FCC chair needs to show leadership on the issue and enforce the law, which he is free to do after the U. S. Supreme Court decision in FCC V. Fox of last June. It is time for the Commission to do its job and ensure the public airwaves are not filled with nudity and profanity.
There is no question that broadcast decency is a critical issue with the American public. More than 100,000 people submitted comments recently to the FCC in opposition to a proposed weakening of decency enforcement standards. Only the networks and a handful of their supporters were for the proposal.
The American people have had enough. We will be patient no longer. We will not sit by while the public airwaves are filled with pornographic images and profane speech.
Senator, you have an opportunity to clarify Mr. Wheeler’s views on the enforcement of the Federal decency law before the U. S. Senate votes on his confirmation and we ask you to do so now.
|L. Brent Bozell III, President Media Research Center
Patrick A. Trueman, President Morality in Media
Tim Winter, President Parents Television Council
Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association
Mat Staver, Chairman Liberty Counsel Action
Tom North Decent TV
Frank Cannon, President American Principles Project
Larry Jacobs, Managing Director, World Congress of Families
Don Feder Don Feder Associates
David Barton WallBuilders
Penny Young Nance, President, CEO Concerned Women for America
Jan Garbett, President Women for Decency
Chuck Hurley, Vice-President & Chief Counsel, The Family Leader
Cathi Herrod, President Center for Arizona Policy
Tom Shields, Chairman Coalition for Marriage and Family
Mike McManus, President Marriage Savers
Rick Schatz, CEO pureHope
Tony Perkins, President Family Research Council
Phyllis Schlafly, President Eagle Forum
Dr. Josh D. McDowell. Author, Speaker. CEO Josh McDowell Ministries
Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director Morality in Media
Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman Christian Film & Television Commission
Tom Minnery, Senior Vice President Focus on the Family
Morton Blackwell, Chairman The Weyrich Lunch
Michael P. Farris, Chancellor Patrick Henry College
Phil Burress, President Citizens for Community Values Action
John D. Foubert, Ph.D., National President One in Four
Jim Backlin Christian Coalition of America
David Caton, President Florida Family Association, Inc
David E. Smith, Executive Director Illinois Family Institute
Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D. Director and Senior Fellow The Beverly LaHaye Institute Concerned Women for America
Phillip Cosby, State Director American Family Assoc. of KS & MO
Gene Mills, President Louisiana Family Forum
Joe Ortwerth Missouri Family Policy Council
Kris Mineau, President Massachusetts Family Institute
|Bill Johnson, President American Decency AssociationDan Kleinman Library Watchdog SafeLibrariesRobert Kammer, President Maryland Coalition Against Pornography
Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D. Visiting Professor of Law Liberty School of Law
John Helmberger, CEO Minnesota Family Council
David Fowler, President, Family Action of Tennessee, Inc
Rev. Jason J. McGuire, President New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation
C. Preston Noell III, President Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Tiffany Leeper, President, Girls Against Porn & Human Trafficking Chief Liberation Officer The Gentlemen’s Posse
Diane Gramley, President American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Kent Ostrander, Executive Director The Family Foundation (KY)
Karen Testerman First Principles New Hampshire
Patrick E. Mangan, Executive Director Citizens for Community Values of Indiana
Micah Clark, Executive Director American Family Association of Indiana
Pamela Atkinson, Chair Utah Coalition Against Pornography
Tony Nassif President & Founder Preventing Abuse Foundation
Gary Glenn, President American Family Association of Michigan
Monica Boyer Kosciusko Silent NO More
John Stemberger, President Florida Family Policy Council
Sharon Slater, President Family Watch International
Rita G. Covelle, President Morality in Media of Massachusetts
Jeffrey J. Ford MS, LMFT UCAP Board Member
Jill Geigle, President Arizona Family Council
Carol Soelberg, President United Families International
Jill C. Manning, Ph.D., LMFT Family Therapist & Researcher
Michael Geer, President Pennsylvania Family Institute
Julaine K. Appling, President Wisconsin Family Council
Janet M. LaRue, Esq. Jan LaRue & Associates
Maurine Proctor Editor-in-chief Meridian Magazine
Daniel Weiss, President The Brushfires Foundation
Elaine Silodor Berk, Co-director JONAH
Arthur Goldberg, Co-director JONAH
William J. Murray, Chairman Religious Freedom Coalition
Ann Redding, President, Christian Action League of Minnesota
Derek A. McCoy, President Maryland Family Alliance