Family-Oriented Reaction Harsh Against Court's 'Playboy' Ruling
(CNSNews.com) - Family and morality groups have lashed out at the Supreme Court for its decision Monday to strike down a federal law requiring some cable programmers to broadcast only at night or fully scramble the audio-video portions of indecent or sexually explicit programming for non-subscribers.
"It's a sad day when the protection of children and unconsenting adults takes a back seat to the profits of cable pornographers," stated Jan LaRue, Senior Director for Legal Studies at the Family Research Center in Washington, DC.
Robert W Peters, President of Morality in Media, a watchdog, non-profit national interfaith organization based in New York City, maintained that the US Supreme Court ruling in the Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc. case no longer allows any differentiation between free speech and pornography.
Peters called the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that Congress went too far in requiring cable TV systems to fully scramble sexually-oriented television channels if they do not restrict such networks to overnight hours "morally blind."
In his reaction to the high court decision, Peters said, "Today, a majority of the Court refused to accept the assessment of Congress that exposing children to the sex talk and imagery found in imperfectly scrambled signals for porn films is harmful to children. Proof of moral harm, said the Court, was lacking. Today, a majority of the Court treated the government's 'compelling' interests in protecting children and the privacy of the home as not so compelling after all and crippled even further the right of the nation to 'maintain a decent society.' Today, a majority of the Court adopted the legal and moral reasoning of the porn industry and ACLU; and, in the process, pushed this nation one step closer to the brink of moral anarchy."
Morality in Media works through constitutional means to curb traffic in obscenity and to uphold standards of decency in the mainstream media.
See Earlier Story:
Family Law Group, Playboy Lock Horns on Cable Porn (8 July 1999)