Prominent Faith and Family Leaders Join Former ClearPlay CEO Calling on Congress to Protect Children from Sex, Violence and Profanity in Movies

June 13, 2017
Protect Family Rights Coalition

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2017) – A distinguished group of the most prominent family, children and faith-based leaders have joined the former CEO of ClearPlay and the Protect Family Rights Coalition (PFRC) in asking Congress to defend filtered movie streaming from Hollywood opposition. In a letter to Congress, PFRC advocates updating the Family Movie Act of 2005 to clarify that it also covers filtering content on streaming services, the most common technology for movie viewing today. Signers include Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, Dr. James Dobson, President of Family Talk, Tim Winter, President of Parents Television Council, David Bozell, President of For America, Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, Paul Weber, CEO of the National Family Policy Alliance and Pat Trueman, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Bill Aho, former CEO of filtering service ClearPlay, and Executive Director of PFRC, has issued the following statement:

“In 2005 Congress decided that the ability to filter sex, violence and profanity from lawfully obtained movies was important for families. But they also realized that the movie studios could crush small filtering providers with litigation, lobbying, and all the resources of multi-billion dollar corporations. As a result, Congress passed the Family Movie Act to preserve the right of families to filter movies. Today, Hollywood is opposing efforts to include those same rights for streamed movies.”

PFRC’s position is that families who are using legally licensed streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, should be allowed to add filtering through third-party providers, such as VidAngel or ClearPlay. These services can then be available for consumers using various devices, including Roku, Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire Stick.

“This filtering approach is good for the studios, because they sell more movies. And it’s good for families, who can decide what content they want to let into their homes, no matter how they access their movies. The studios have said they don’t oppose content filtering. If that’s really the case, they should embrace this approach. However, if Disney and the MPAA continue their opposition, then the only available solution is for Congress to pass an update to the Family Movie Act.”

Leaders Calling on Congress to Stand for Families

  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
  • James Dobson, President, Family Talk
  • Bishop Harry Jackson, Presiding Bishop, ICC Churches
  • Pastor Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor, Skyline Church
  • Rebecca Hagelin, Columnist
  • Rick Green, Wallbuilders
  • Tim Winter, President, Parents Television Council
  • David Bozell, President, For America
  • Bob McEwen, former Congressman, OH
  • Donna Rice Hughes, President, Enough is Enough
  • Ted Baehr, Movieguide
  • Rick Manning, Americans for Limited Government
  • Bryan and Diane Schwartz, Co-Founders, Save Filtering
  • Diane Gramley, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
  • Dawna L Plummer, Beloved Not Forgotten, Inc.
  • Linda Harvey, President, Mission America
  • John Foubert, National President, One in Four
  • Paul Weber, CEO, National Family Policy Alliance
  • Pat Trueman, CEO, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
  • G Theodore Williams, Senior Pastor, Mechanicsville Baptist Church
  • Edgar Bonniwell, Clergyman, Hillsdale Bible Church
  • Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans for Truth
  • Arina Grossu, Director, Center for Human Dignity, Family Research Council
  • Timothy Rarick, Professor of Home and Family, BYU Idaho
  • Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D. Board Chair, Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • Sharon Slater, President, Family Watch International and UN Human Rights Caucus
  • Jill Manning, MD Family Therapist and Researcher
  • Austin Ruse, President, Center for Family and Human Rights
  • Autumn Stroup, Family Policy Alliance
  • Alan Whitt, President, West Virginia Family Policy Council
  • Mark Jorritsma, Executive Director, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota
  • John Stemberger, President and General Counsel, Florida Family Policy Council
  • Chuck Hurley, Esq. Vice-President and Chief Counsel, The Family Leader
  • Alisa Jordheim, Founder, Justice Society Inc.
  • Eva Andrade, President, Hawaii Family Forum
  • Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director, New York Family Research Foundation
  • Michael Lentz, President, Child Protection League
  • Joe Ortwerth, Executive Director, Missouri Family Policy Council


Letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, June 13, 2017 at

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About the Protect Family Rights Coalition

The Protect Family Rights Coalition was formed to protect the future of the content filtering industry. It is a project of Americans for Limited Government, a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy group. For more information, visit the  website at .