WHEREAS, Television is a valuable invention which, if properly used, can offer helpful information, a significant means of communicating the gospel, and enjoyable entertainment, and
WHEREAS, The television airwaves belong to the American people and must be responsibly used to reflect the public interest, and
WHEREAS, Networks and local stations offer some morally useful programming, they continue also to offer much programming which undermines social morality, and
WHEREAS, The Communications Committees in the United States House and Senate are now considering legislation seriously affecting regulation of broadcasting in this country,
Therefore be it RESOLVED, That messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston in June, 1979 commend those people within the television industry who are working to provide morally responsible programming, and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we express our strong support to Congress for legislation to uphold the public interest together with our opposition to any and all proposed legislation which would remove even what few public-interest provisions now offer some restraint to the television and radio industry, and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we encourage Southern Baptists throughout the nation to write their United States Senators and Representatives to oppose legislation that removes all restraints from an industry that has proven its unwillingness to restrain itself and to support legislation what will protect the public interests in broadcasting.