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Resolution On Television Morality

WHEREAS, Television is a valuable resource available to citizens of our land; and

WHEREAS, Television provides some programming that is morally and intellectually helpful; and

WHEREAS, There is a proliferation of profanity, violence, sex, alcohol, drug abuse, and marital infidelity that portrays an unacceptable life-style; and

WHEREAS, Much leisure time of adults, youth, and children is spent watching television;

Be it therefore RESOLVED, That we urge the proper use of this medium by encouraging higher quality programming in commercial television and by supporting the efforts of our own Radio and Television Commission; and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we appeal to television viewers to be more selective in their viewing; and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we affirm the strong stand taken by the Christian Life Commission concerning television morality; and

Be it further RESOLVED, That Southern Baptists vigorously oppose any attempt to remove the public interest standard as the basis for television regulation and communicate such opposition to the Federal Communication Commission and Congress; and

Be it finally RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Los Angeles, June 9-11, 1981, call on churches and individuals to share with networks, local stations, and sponsors concerns about the quality of programming.