FAITH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH,Senator BARRY GOLDWATER,
Blue Ash, OH, September 13, 1985.
Senate Commerce Committee,
DEAR SENATOR GOLDWATER AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMERCE COMMITTEE: I respectfully request that the sermon 1 entitled, Don't Let Them Do It, Daddy, containing important statistical data regarding pornography and audio pornography, as well as the attached petition, be added into the hearing record on behalf of the Faith Christian Fellowship Church. In addition, as a member of the Citizens Concerned For Community Values and as participants in the National Coalition Against Pornography, we ask that you stand against the dissemination of this material to the youth of our nation.
Audio pornography has easy availability and we desire that a corrective and restraints be applied, so tha [sic] the moral eyesight of our youth will not be gouged out. The corrupting influence of pornography in all of its forms degrades human life and results in deviant behavior. Responsible leadership cannot neglect this important area of our national life.
Love, the highest form of sanity, demands that we protect our most important natural resource–the young people of this great country, who will represent our nation in future years. Therefore, it is our sincerer [sic] prayer that you wil repond [sic] and stop this hideous seduction.
Rev. R. EDGAR BONNIWELL, M.Div., Th.M.
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION,Hon. JOHN C. DANFORTH,
Washington, DC, September 16, 1985.
Chairman, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Washington, DC
DEAR SENATOR DANFORTH: I am writing to express the concern of the American Civil Liberties Union regarding your upcoming September 19 hearing on proposals to label sound recordings with some form of rating system or disclaimers to indicate their contents.
In our view, it is inappropriate for a committee of the United States Congress to serve as a set of official music critics or to evaluate the content of lawfully produced and distributed material. Virtually every newspaper, magazine, and network talk show has chronicled the efforts of the Parents Music Resource Center and other groups to "warn" parents of lyrics which they claim present offensive ideas about sex, violence, rejection of parental authority [,] substance abuse, or the occult. Although
1 The sermon was retained in the Committee files.