Elder M. Russell Ballard said; “Members of the Church need to influence more than we are influenced. We should work to stem the tide of sin and evil instead of passively being swept along by it. We each need to help solve the problem rather than avoid or ignore it.”
Everyday we have an opportunity to stand up for our beliefs, but sometimes the event becomes more than turning down a cup of coffee at the office, or saying, “I’m a Mormon”. I saw one opportunity come by today and now that your reading this, you have too.
On April 1st the FCC proposed to make some changes to the current standards for radio and television:
(I have highlighted the changes)
“We now seek comment on whether the full Commission should make changes to its current broadcast indecency policies or maintain them as they are. For example, should the Commission treat isolated expletives in a manner consistent with our decision in Pacifica Foundation, Inc., Memorandum Opinion and Order, 2 FCC Rcd 2698, 2699 (1987) (“If a complaint focuses solely on the use of expletives, we believe that . . . deliberate and repetitive use in a patently offensive manner is a requisite to a finding of indecency.”)? Should the Commission instead maintain the approach to isolated expletives set forth in its decision in Complaints Against Various Broadcast Licensees Regarding Their Airing of the “Golden Globe Awards” Program, Memorandum Opinion and Order, 19 FCC Rcd 4975 (2004)? As another example, should the Commission treat isolated (non-sexual) nudity the same as or differently than isolated expletives? Commenters are invited to address these issues as well as any other aspect of the Commission’s substantive indecency policies.”
According to the people at the American Family Association, this translates to “Specifically, if enacted, the new FCC policy would allow network television and local radio stations to air the f-word, the s-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening.”
By allowing these words and images into our homes we start even the youngest of children on a path of regret and hardship. By viewing even the simplest form of nudity taken outside natural viewing (i.e. marriage) the addiction centers of the mind get triggered and the connection starts. In 2005 Elder Dallin H. Oaks stated; “Pornography is also addictive. It impairs decision-making capacities and it “hooks” its users, drawing them back obsessively for more and more. A man who had been addicted to pornography and to hard drugs wrote me this comparison: “In my eyes cocaine doesn’t hold a candle to this. I have done both. … Quitting even the hardest drugs was nothing compared to [trying to quit pornography]” (letter of Mar. 20, 2005).”
This is an opportunity to “hook” you and other’s to the terrible pornography addiction. And to those who say that it is not sexual in nature, read on in the same talk given by Elder Oaks; “Some seek to justify their indulgence by arguing that they are only viewing “soft,” not “hard,” porn. A wise bishop called this refusing to see evil as evil. He quoted men seeking to justify their viewing choices by comparisons such as “not as bad as” or “only one bad scene.” But the test of what is evil is not its degree but its effect. When persons entertain evil thoughts long enough for the Spirit to withdraw, they lose their spiritual protection and they are subject to the power and direction of the evil one. When they use Internet or other pornography for what this bishop described as “arousal on demand” (letter of Mar. 13, 2005), they are deeply soiled by sin.”
A person at this point can throw out their televisions. John Bytheway once said in a talk to youth, starting with a question given to him; “But John, aren’t you throwing out the baby with the bath water. Which he answered, “There seems to be less and less baby.”
You could follow the advice for President Rosemary M. Wixom who suggested turning off electronic devices for an hour. However, that leaves 23 hours left.
I suggest you follow the spirit to do as what is right for you and those who look to your for guidance. Also, here is another tool to pursue while the FCC is still accepting public comment: Send yours to them! Here are the instructions that the American Family Association has given:
1. Go to http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=&filedFrom=X.
2. Enter the code “13-86” in the “Proceeding Number” box and fill out the few remaining required fields.
3. Enter your comment in the text box provided and click “Continue.”
4. From there, review your comment and click “Confirm
At the AFA’s site they give you some suggestions on what to say if your not great with words.
I urge you to do something about this! Remember the words of Edmund Burke; “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.