Pastor Donald Wildmon and a group of more than 800 church leaders have demanded an end to what they call anti-Christian bigotry in programs and movies produced by the nation’s major networks and movie studios.
The Christian leaders’ statement calls for the entertainment industry to “stop its unbalanced portrayal of characters depicted as Christians in its movies and television programs. This anti-Christian bias in movies and programs is not acceptable to us, just as it is not acceptable to all fair-minded Americans. We agree that some Christians act, sometimes, in the negative manner as depicted on television and in movies. But we also believe there is a complete lack of balance. Rarely on programs or movies cast in a modern-day setting are Christians shown in a neutral, much less a positive manner.”
Statements were sent to NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox Television, as well as to Columbia Pictures, MCA/Universal, MGM/UA Communications, Paramount Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, Lorimar, and Walt Disney.
ABC, Columbia Entertainment, and MCA/Universal have responded to the statement. “We do not, and we cannot with any sense of conscience, censor our filmmakers,” said Lew Wasserman, chairman of the board of MCA/Universal, citing the company’s right to free speech.
Court Rejects Move
A Missouri court has ruled that the father of 20-year-old Christine Busalacchi may not move his comatose daughter to a hospital in Minnesota, which has more permissive right-to-die laws than Missouri. The 2-to-1 decision reversed an earlier lower-court ruling to allow Peter Busalacchi to move his daughter. Christine, who has been in a vegetative state since a car crash in 1987, is in the same Missouri ...1
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