Just Say No!

“Yikes! Nightmares from Hollywood” (June 16) asks, “what are parents to do?” What would be wrong with simply teaching children not to patronize Hollywood’s products? If Christians would stay away from the movie theaters, Hollywood would have a lot less money to produce its filth, and many would have fewer memories of violence and perverted sex defiling their minds.

J. Harold Greenlee

Duncanville, Tex.

As a “movie buff” and L.A. resident, I am reminded of the observation (I think from Muggeridge) that the heart of the problem of the media is that fictional evil is very appealing, while actual goodness is dull and unappealing.

Rev. Robert Wenz

Covina First Baptist Church

Covina, Calif.

It is reassuring to see Roy Anker and CT focusing on the specific films that should cause us concern. But I lament the fact that Anker made no reference to the study conducted by the National Council of Churches, “Violence and Sexual Violence in Film, Television, Cable and Home Video,” which resulted in a strong statement adopted by the NCC General Board. As chairman of the study committee, I can assure you that one of the major concerns was the impact film is having on the sensibilities of our teenage population. But we also concluded that in a democracy, education and public pressure, rather than boycotts or censorship, are the appropriate means for addressing the problem.

We deplored the careless manner in which video stores allow young people to rent R-rated films; we also noted that the industry’s rating system was designed to cover films in theaters, not the home market. We cautioned the film industry not to ignore the growing concern of parents—one your article expresses quite well—because to do so is to invite the sort of censorship ...

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