By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Idaho Republicans despise big government.
Except when they cheer its attempts to control the lives of Idaho residents.
In a stunning move, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee approved Thursday a nonbinding resolution calling on the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on portrayals of premarital sex on television.
The measure, formally House Joint Memorial 2, calls on the FCC to “resume enforcement of traditional American standards of decency and prohibit the implied portrayal of or discussion of sexual intercourse on television when it pertains to unmarried persons in fictitious programs, reality shows and advertisements, including jocular references to premarital sex, characters lying in bed together and characters disrobing or undressing.”
Their reasoning for pushing such a measure? The Idaho Constitution.
Here’s the argument delivered this morning via The Spokesman Review:
HJM 2, sponsored by Rep. Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell and six GOP cosponsors, cites the Idaho Constitution’s statement that “the first concern of all good government is the virtue and sobriety of the people, and the purity of the home,” and says, “Inappropriate and indecent material is being broadcast more frequently.” It also notes that the FCC is charged preventing the broadcast of indecent programming between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., “when children might be watching,” and calls on the federal agency to “resume enforcement of traditional American standards of decency.”
Somewhat surprisingly, the memorial doesn’t mention personal or parental responsibility. The measure also fails to clarify if portrayals of sex between married adults on TV are acceptable.
This comes from the same legislature that affirmed just a few weeks ago that marijuana would never be legalized within the state’s borders for any reason. Read about that here.
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