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Anti-Cussing Group Opposes U.S. Court Obscenity Ruling That Protects Free Speech On Television

A Pasadena-based anti-cussing club is opposing a court ruling that strikes down FCC policy punishing networks for allowing obscenity on television, according to the Pasadena Star News.

Seventeen-year old McKay Hatch, who founded the No Cussing Club three years ago, has been emailing members of his club about the issue. The club reportedly has 35,000 members worldwide.

"A lot of people say it is freedom of speech, but what about our freedom of speech for not hearing (obscenity) on TV," Hatch said.

The 2004 FCC policy was thrown out on the basis that it was over broad.

"By prohibiting all 'patently offensive' references to sex, sexual organs and excretion without giving adequate guidance as to what 'patently offensive' means, the FCC effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive," the court wrote.

Hatch told the paper he has not read the court ruling and rarely watches television.


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