Recently, I made an earnest appeal to the several million families on
Jerry Falwell Ministries’ mailing list, and to our national TV audience.
I asked our people to bombard the Federal Communications Commission and
the Congress over the recent effort by the FCC to silence Christian
broadcasting in America.
In an unexpected move, the FCC reversed its December 29 decision to
restrict religious content for noncommercial television stations, which
would have resulted in an unconstitutional censorship of Christian and
religious programs. Thank God the FCC rescinded this ludicrous
U.S. Rep. Michael G. Oxley, R-Ohio, who appeared as my guest on our
“Listen America” television program on January 14, called the FCC
reversal a “complete and total victory for free religious expression.”
“Religious broadcasters and their listeners were a target for an FCC
that sought to limit their freedom to express religious faith,” Oxley
said. “It was wrong, and I’m thrilled that the FCC has seen the error
of its ways.”
In response to the December FCC ruling restricting religious content,
Oxley had introduced the Religious Freedom Broadcasting Act in Congress,
along with House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, and Reps. Steve
Largent, R-Okla., Chip Pickering, R-Miss., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Roy
Blunt, R-Mo. and Cliff Stearns, R-Fla.
I want to thank all my friends across the country who heeded our call
to action to contact their representatives and the FCC over this
extremely important matter. As a result, for two weeks, the FCC was
flooded with calls from outraged people of faith from across the
nation. Witnessing our powerful coalition, the commission quickly and
quietly voted to rescind their “additional guidance” of December 29
which would have restricted religious programs.
I hope all Americans are now convinced that outspoken Christians can
change the course of history.
I also want to thank Congressman Oxley, who took the lead on this
matter and was willing to confront the FCC head on. If you would like
to call Oxley’s office to thank him, the number is (202) 225-2676; or
you may send e-mail to: [email protected].