EQUAL AIR TIME
WHEREAS, the "air" belongs to all the people, and
WHEREAS radio and television stations and networks have a policy of dividing "free, religious, public service" time among representative bodies of the "three major faiths"; and
WHEREAS, the division of such time primarily serves the convenience of the networks and stations rather than the total religious community in a responsible way - to genuinely reflect its pluralistic quality, and
WHEREAS, the "fourth" faith groups are virutally excluded from the useof some meaningful share of "free, religious, public service" time, and their influence negated to the degree that they are deprived of their rightful share, and
WHEREAS, the major religious faiths do not reflect the scientific, humanistic, naturalistic, and rationalistic basis of much of the quality of religious and ethical idealism in America, now
RESOLVED, that the American Ethical Union appeal to the Federal Communications Commission, the radio and television stations and networks, so that there will be greater representation of minority views in the allocation of free religious public service time.
Submitted by the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago
Source: AEU 67th Annual Assembly Memo [job10scan]
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