I saw an article in my school’s paper that was too good to not talk about here. Keep in mind that my school is a Catholic school.
Very rarely can we, as a society, point our finger at one organization and justly say “it’s all your fault.” This is one of those times. In an October analysis, the Federal Communication Commission revealed that 99.8% of all the indecency complaints it received in 2003 originated from the Parents’ Television Council. The PTC is a television watch-dog group committed to eliminating offensive content and making television safe for family viewing. Of the 240,000 complaints it received last year, approximately 239,500 were filed by members of the PTC.
It never ceases to amaze me how much time some people have. Fly a kite, build a model boat, try to actually do something constructive instead of bitching about TV and deciding what we do and do not watch. If ya don’t like, don’t watch it. Simple.
This means that a tiny minority of the population is doing the vast majority of the complaining. Because the FCC policy is to review each complaint, the tiny minority is almost single-handedly deciding what we see and hear.
’Nuff said. The article went on to say how the PTC picked the WB’s Everwood as one of the worst shows. When asked why, the PTC noted one episode in which a doctor gave birth control pills to a teenage girl without informing her parents. The PTC called this a “reckless message about sex.” To which the author replied:
In light of recent studies into the effectiveness of abstinence-only sexual education, this message can be called anything but reckless.
I am really proud of a Catholic School to publish a view contrary to the Christian stereotype. It proves that Catholics too have had it up to here with these other “Christians,” and that also that Catholicism isn’t all about banning contraception. Some catholics I know actually support it.
Solution? FCC should change its policy (We will review every complaint as long as it’s not from some right-wing fundamentalist nutjob).