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TV preachers to oppose doctrine

Christian TV and radio preachers will fight attempts to restore the Fairness Doctrine because it might force them to air views contrary to their beliefs, the head of an industry group said.

“It’s a way to stifle conservative views coming over the airwaves… and it’s going to meet with our full, head-on opposition,” said E. Brandt Gustavson, president of National Religious Broadcasters.

Other views are amply available through non-religious broadcast outlets, he said.

On Tuesday, TV evangelist Pat Robertson for the nation’s 800 Christian television and radio stations to wage a war for “family values,” which fundamentalists generally define as being anti-homosexuality and anti-abortion.

The fairness doctrine, repealed in 1987 by the Federal Communications Commission, required broadcasters to air opposing views on controversial issues.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., may carry legislation this year to restore it, according to an aide to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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