1974 General Resolution

WHEREAS, US Supreme Court decisions announced on June 24, 1974 have returned the Supreme Court to a case-by-case determination of what is deemed obscene and have thereby reinstated a process which inevitably results in great uncertainty in that area; and

WHEREAS, the Supreme Court on June 24 sanctioned the application by federal jurors of their own view of what the average person in the community deems to be obscene, with the result that written and visual material must now be tailored to the standard of the most repressive locality or run the risk of being banned or confiscated; and

WHEREAS, in numerous states during the past three months there have been widespread introduction and consideration of repressive obscenity laws;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1974 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association:

  1. Expresses deep concern at the trend of the recent decisions of the US Supreme Court toward case-by-case determination;
  2. Opposes the repressive trend in recent state censorship legislation; and
  3. Strongly affirms the right of adults to decide what they should read, hear, and see free from official censorship, as has been recommended by the President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography.

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