Excerpts from the Federal Communications Commission's decision, in re petition of Robert Harold Scott for revocation of licenses of Radio Station KQW, KPO, and KFRC. (96050).
The First Amendment to our Constitution guarantees both religious freedom * and freedom of speech. While these guarantees are expressed in terms of limitation on governmental action, they are far more than narrow legalistic concepts. They are essential parts of the fundamental philosophy underlying the form of government and the way of life which we call 'American.'
Freedom of religious belief necessarily carries with it freedom to disbelieve, and freedom of speech means freedom to express disbeliefs as well as beliefs. If freedom of speech is to have meaning, it cannot be predicated on the mere popularity or public acceptance of the ideas sought to be advanced. It must be extended as readily to ideas which we disapprove or abhor as to ideas which we approve. Moreover, freedom of speech can be as effectively denied by denying access to the public means of making expression effective-whether public streets, parks, meeting halls, or the radio-as by legal restraints or punishment of the speaker.
It is true that in this country an overwhelming majority of the people profess a belief in. the existence of a Divine Being. But the conception of the nature of the Divine Being is as varied as religious denominations and sects and even differs with the individuals belonging to the same denominations or sects.
God is variously thought of as a 'Spirit, infinite, eternal, and un-