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Proposal May Silence Christian Radio Stations
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Dr. Alan Cairns

The FCC is currently considering new regulations that could have a dramatic, even fatal, influence on Christian radio stations across the country. What is being considered is a proposal to require every radio station to take programming advice from community advisory boards representative of the area's population. With regard to secular stations, many of which are vehicles to corrupt the morals of our youth with their violent rap music, there may well be a need for community voices to be heard. But a special case should be made for Christian radio stations. Why? Because we are facing a concerted effort by well organized radical groups to drive any overt Christian voice from the public square. In many, perhaps most cases, the proposal before the FCC would force Christian stations off the air. As World Net Daily reported, "Advocates of Christian programming say [that the proposal] would require Christian broadcasters to seek advice from non-Christians and even those opposed to the Christian message. Some radio stations fear organized groups of atheists, for instance, could demand representation on the new FCC-mandated advisory boards that would factor into licensing decisions."

If the FCC were to implement this proposal it would be a gift to the enemies of the gospel. It would place the activists of organizations such as the ACLU and other liberal groups in the position of being able to dictate to a large extent what Christian radio stations may air. It could well allow them to censor just about anything, no matter how Biblical, from the airwaves. That has been the aim of the radical left for a long time. Just imagine if a Christian radio station were barred from telling what the Bible says about matters of doctrine or morality, just because a crowd of humanistic or theologically liberal activists organized against them.

There are many professedly Christian radio stations that are hardly worthy of the name. With their rock music and worldly agenda they are no great asset to the cause of Christ. But to place the power to shut stations down in the hands of people who are sworn enemies of all gospel preaching is not right. Christian stations already have to face the most severe form of public evaluation-if they don't serve enough people in their communities satisfactorily they will not survive financially. Without money, they cannot survive. That's the way the FCC should leave matters. Let the public decide in the most obvious manner if a station serves its interests. Keep radical activists' hands off Christian radio stations. Do not try to force Christians to make the message of God's word acceptable to the antichristian thinking and philosophy of atheists and other Christ rejecters.

At the moment the proposal I have been talking about is under consideration. It has not been adopted by the FCC-at least, as yet. Public comment on the issue was accepted until April 28 and many people and organizations took the opportunity to make their views known. We need to pray that the Lord will stop this proposal dead in its tracks, that radical activists will not be given a virtual veto power over Christian radio stations. To give them the kind of power envisaged in the proposal before the FCC would really be putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop.

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