Things which make No Sense!

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ChurchWatch:
Craig von Buseck

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weekdays as he shares his perspective on the major trends and news affecting
the Body of Christ today.

 

june
19, 2006

Film
Receives PG Rating for Being ‘Too Religious’ — Congressman Responds

The
Associate Press has reported that a church-produced film about a school whose
losing football team is turned around after the coach turns to God has been
slapped with a "PG" rating — for being too religious.

The
Rev. Alex Kendrick, who directed and stars in "Facing the Giants,"
said it was produced for only $100,000 by using members of his
Georgia church for
both cast and crew.

Kendrick
said when he sought permission to use a song by the Christian band "Third
Day," their record label’s parent company, Sony Pictures, asked to see the
film and agreed to release it in 400 theaters in late September.

But
after the Motion Picture Association of America rated the film, Kendrick said
he was told that it got the ‘Parental Guidance’ rating for being so openly
religious. Kendrick said he’s never heard of that criteria before and suggests
it shows how much times have changed.

In
response, House Majority Whip Roy Blunt today sent a letter to the Motion
Picture Association of America last week requesting an explanation of the recent
slip in the movie ratings system and expressing his concern that MPAA appears
more concerned about religious content than sex and violence when it rates
movies.  (Read Rep. Blunt’s
letter
)

Citing
a Harvard School of
Public Health study
, Blunt said: "The MPAA’s standards on sex and
violence in the movies have been getting weaker-to the point where yesterday’s
R movie is today’s PG-13, and yesterday’s PG-13 is today’s PG."

Blunt
pointed to the AP story revealing that the movie Facing the Giants was given a
PG rating due to its Christian theme:  "This incident raises the
disquieting possibility that MPAA considers exposure to Christian themes more
dangerous for children than exposure to gratuitous sex and mindless
violence."

What do you think?: Should
the Hollywood ratings system designate a movie as ‘PG’ because they think it is
‘too religious?’

Speak out: Send
your comments to the Motion Picture Association of America

Read the Harvard
Study: "Ratings Creep": Movie Ratings Categories Contain More
Violence, Sex, Profanity than Decade Ago

Read Rep. Blunt’s
letter to the Motion Picture Association of America

Send a note to Rep. Blunt’s
office

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