GA. Senator Proposes Clergy-Led 'Decency' Council

A panel of religious leaders and others would have the power to work with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enforce "decency" standards over the nation's airwaves if a Georgia senator has his way.

Angered over a recent Super Bowl half-time show during which singer Janet Jackson's breast was briefly exposed, U.S. Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) has introduced legislation that would fine broadcasters 25 cents per viewer or listener when a television or radio broadcast was deemed offensive.

Miller, who is increasingly known for his quirky views, also called for creating a "Council of Decency" consisting of three ministers, three teachers and three media representatives. The council would advise the FCC and formulate decency standards that would be used to determine when a violation had occurred.

Under Miller's proposal, any fines collected for "indecent" broadcasts would be used to cover administrative costs of the system. Any funds left over, he says, would be "allocated to faith-based programs selected by the White House's Office of Faith Based Initiatives."