This is where the First Amendment is being violated. The FCC is
knuckling uder to a small group of complainers and is levying fines to
get some speech restricted. I am hopeful (but not holding my breath)
that the broadcasters, or more likely, the dj's (since the bulk of the
fines are aimed at them) will take these new restrictions to court and
win back some sensibility
(Cut and pasted from my other post under different thread)
Let's check the verbiage shall we?
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the government for a redress of grievances. "
This amendment is the one we get "freedom of religion", "separation of
church and state", "freedom of speech", "freedom of the press", "the right
to assemble" and "the right to petition". Agreed?
The same amendment you claim gives constitutionally protected speech also
gives the right to petition the government to redress (or remedy)
grievances. That is what is happening. The FCC, which by the way isn't
congress and can enact any legislation it chooses until a suit is filed and
the supreme court rules either for or against, is reacting to the petitions
of those who have exercised their right to petition. You have the right to
petition against this and if you are successfully able to get enough support
for your cause can in fact determine the outcome without any fear from the
government restricting your ability to do so.
So not only is the 1st amendment not being violated but it is essentially
being used exactly as it was intended.