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Supreme Court comes down on side of children

This time the United States Supreme Court came down on the side of children in America.  Tuesday, in a narrow 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that broadcasters who use indecent and vulgar language can be punished by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) even if the swear words used were not in the script.  David Souter, whose resignation this coming summer was announced yesterday, of course sided with the 3 other liberals against America's children.  

In writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said:  "The commission could reasonably conclude that the pervasiveness of foul language, and the coarsening of public entertainment in other media such as cable, justify more stringent regulation of broadcast programs so as to give conscientious parents a relatively safe haven for their children."  Justice Scalia was joined in the majority by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and for most of the decision, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.  

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