While we sleep snugly in our beds, the wheels of politics are grinding away at our freedoms. To whit, the Democrats in Congress and the Senate are busy working to enact what they are calling the “Fairness” Doctrine. You should be up in arms about this, because if it isn’t stopped it will most likely mean the end of Catholic Radio.
As is being reported by Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and others in their party have been pushing for this for a long time. What they are aiming for is to put a muzzle on Conservative Talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt and others. They’re intending to do this by placing a set of requirements on station owners that will adversely affect their ability to carry conservative talk programming. Effectively restricting our 1st amendment right to free speech! The so called “Fairness” doctrine would require a number of things that would also have the affect of making it impossible for Catholic Radio to operate as it has been doing for the last several years.
Changes to the main studio rule; requirements that stations be subject to a local oversight committee (which sounds to me like the French Revolution) that will review whether the station is operating in a manner that benefits the “local” community; requirements that stations carry an equal amount of programs with opposing view points, and changing the license review interval from every eight years to every two years are the keynotes of the proposed changes. These will, if enacted, severely restrict our 1st amendment freedom of speech by effectively making it impossible for stations to operate.
The realities of our current Federal government make it likely that this will be the coming reality. A Supreme Court challenge is a certainty, but whether or not it will survive such a challenge is, in my opinion, in question. It is likely that the Supreme Court will strike it down, but even if it does, that may not stop the strident and powerful liberals now holding sway in our Country – both in government and in the media.
Catholic Radio is a beacon of light and truth in an otherwise dark arena – a beacon about to be extinguished or at the very least dimmed. My personal feeling is that Catholic Radio has been making itself, along with Conservative Talk Radio, felt among the powerful, liberal elite in this country and they want it stopped. And yet, to quote CCM Artist, Bob Bennett, “Still rolls the stone from the grave.” If Catholic Radio is muzzled, Our Lord and Our Lady will provide another way for the message of the Gospel to be heard. Death could not stop Him and neither will the Democratic Liberals in power today. May God have mercy on our country!