Christian Broadcast Regulation

CAPITOL HILL (AP) _ A Republican senator says conservative and Christian broadcasters could still be threatened by proposed broadcast regulations.

In a floor speech, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe noted that while the Senate voted last week against reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, it approved another amendment saying federal regulators should promote diversity in media ownership and ensure that broadcasters operate in the public interest. Inhofe warned those are vague standards that could be used by opponents of Christian stations' religious message or stands on moral and political issues. The Oklahoma senator said, "The chilling effect that the mere threat of a lawsuit will have on religious broadcasters could be substantial.''