Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Parental guidance suggested

I love a good joke. So, I doubled over when I read a recent CNN.com news headline titled "“Christian film’s PG rating troubles Congress.”" I could only imagine how outrageously entertaining the story could possibly be. I was not disappointed.
"Facing the Giants" is a film about a football coach who likes God and tells his players to like God. That was a dramatic oversimplification, but, frankly, it’'s a pretty stupid premise, and I doubt whether anyone will see it other than those still believing humanity was created by intelligent design. Whoops.

Anyway, the PG rating, suggesting parental guidance, means the Motion Picture Association of America has deemed some of the movie'’s content not suitable for children. House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in an uppity letter to movie-association Chairman Dan Glickman, wrote: “This incident raises the disquieting possibility that the [association] considers exposure to Christian themes more dangerous for children than exposure to gratuitous sex and violence.”
Frankly, Blunt hit the nail right on the head. Gratuitous sex and violence, no matter how much our “family values” experts tell us, don’t leave viewers completely brainwashed. If they did, daily life would play out like a scene from Grand Theft Auto Vice

But who knows what information will seep into a child’'s mind after watching a lighthearted movie with Christian messages? Kids aren’t going to know what they really want or really want to believe at 3 to 12 years old. So why try to indoctrinate them with pop culture? Isn'’t the church pulpit enough?
America, think of the children.

Andrew Swift
Editorial writer

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