NRB Files Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Case
September 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM (PT)
TODAY (9/13) the NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS (NRB) filed an Amicus Curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. SUPREME COURT for the case "FCC v. FOX TELEVISIONS STATIONS."
NRB considers this case significant in determining whether or not the FCC’s indecency guidelines in the wake of the show "PACIFICA" are a violation of First Amendment free speech.
“Throughout its history NRB has been a strong defender of free speech, all the while understanding that with important freedoms come great responsibilities,” said NRB Pres./CEO Dr. FRANK WRIGHT. “In the present case, we are asking the SUPREME COURT to articulate those free speech responsibilities, in terms of narrow and carefully defined exceptions, in a manner that preserves robust speech in the marketplace of ideas.”
“This is an important opportunity to set the record straight,” said NRB Sr. VP/General Counsel CRAIG PARSHALL. “Upholding the policy against indecency gives the SUPREME COURT a chance to lay down a sensible First Amendment yardstick, affirming those few, traditional, narrow exceptions to free speech when it comes to areas like indecency and obscenity, while at the same time recognizing the wide expanse of expression that should be left fully protected under the First Amendment, including Christian content over the airwaves.”