THE MORAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THOSE WHO CONTROL AND USE THE MEDIA (1984)

WHEREAS the American people enjoy unparalleled freedoms of communication and expression; and

WHEREAS the responsible exercise of these freedoms is necessary to vital democracy; and

WHEREAS those who control and use the media are uniquely situated to influence the thoughts, opinions, values, and conduct of others; and

WHEREAS the lack of accountability by the media in exercising this privilege not to impinge upon the rights of others; and

WHEREAS there is an obvious lack of objectivity, truthfulness, and responsibility on the part of many who control and use the media in presenting morality in American life; and

WHEREAS the Judeo-Christian values of the American majority are often ignored or ridiculed;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the Church of God does hereby call upon all who control or use the media to be objective, truthful, and morally responsible in the exercise of their freedoms of communication and expression;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT we call upon those who control and use the media to respect the rights of all Americans and to desist from ignoring or ridiculing the Judeo-Christian moral and ethical values held by a majority of Americans (60th A., 1984, p. 57).


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