Back in January, I wrote about the growing trend of pornography on prime time television. At that time, there was a case being heard before the Supreme Court concerning broadcast decency.
In June, the Court rendered a mixed decision in the case. They said that the F.C.C. had failed to give the networks sufficient warning of the new rules before they tried to enforce them. They also ruled that the rules were too vague for anyone to understand the measure of enforcement. However, the high court never addressed the main issue of decency, or should I say, indecency being shown on prime time television and the First Amendment right of free speech claimed by the networks.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote:
“Because the Court resolves these cases on fair notice grounds under the Due Process Clause, it need not address the First Amendment implications of the Commission’s indecency policy.”
So the issue of decency – foul language and nudity – on prime time television still exists and appears to be getting worse quickly. The Parents Television Council has been monitoring the amount of indecency that has been appearing on prime time television and their findings should be quite disturbing to all of us.
During the time period of September 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011, there were 15 instances of full nudity on prime time television. During the same time period in the 2011 to 2012, they identified 76 instances of full nudity aired on 37 different shows between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. In the 2010-2011 period, there was only one instance of full frontal nudity whereas in the 2011-2012 period, there were 64 instances of full frontal nudity aired between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Another disturbing fact that PTC discovered was that out of the 76 instances of full nudity, only 5 of them were in programs that gave an ‘S’ (sexual content) warning so that parents could be aware to protect their children. That meant that in 71 instances, there was no ‘S’ warning, resulting in parents and children to be unprepared for what they saw.
This is just another step to the moral decay of a once great nation. If we turn to history and study all other great nations and empires who succumbed to the same immorality that has become so prevalent in American society, we will see that every one of them collapsed and lost their greatness not long after embracing a debauched lifestyle. America has to be getting very close to the edge of a similar collapse. If the decency standards are weakened further, I fear the edge we are standing upon will crumble away a little more, placing us that much closer to going over it.