Actually, a man who has been in show business for 40 years is fighting to hold a line on decency, respect and moral boundaries in movies and on television. His name is Dr. Ted Baehr. Ted and his wife, Lili, are Gena's and my dear friends.
Dr. Baehr is the founder and publisher of Movieguide ("The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment") and chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer and media pundit. His website declares that his life's purpose is to be used of God to redeem the values of the media while educating audiences on how to use discernment in selecting their entertainment.
I encourage parents to check out Movieguide to see what movies currently in the theaters and on DVD are appropriate for your children to see. I also highly recommend Baehr's latest best-seller, "How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul)."
In the June edition of Baehr's newsletter for the CFTVC, he wrote that in May, the group sent more than 9,750 petitions demanding that ABC cancel the TV series "Good Christian Bitches," which is based upon Kim Gatlin's book of that name. Because of excessive negative feedback, ABC decided to change the name to "Good Christian Belles."
On the flip side, the CFTVC has aided the popularity of Christian-themed films this past year, such as "Soul Surfer," "Gnomeo & Juliet," "Rango," "Hop" and "Rio."
Friends, our society has become desensitized to immorality on-screen, and we're passing it on to our small children and teens by allowing them even to be exposed to such vulgar content and productions via our televisions, the Internet and our movie theaters.
We must embrace the wisdom of the great British orator Edmund Burke, who said, "Evil flourishes when good men do nothing."
If you feel the same, I respectfully plead with you to partner with Ted and Lili Baehr, my wife, Gena, me and a host of other patriots by doing three things:
1) If you consider television programming or a movie inappropriate for children, write the company and others and say so.
2) If companies refuse to respond and protect the children of our country, then inform them that you will be writing their sponsors and no longer using their products.
3) Lastly, arm Baehr to slay the corrupt giants of the Hollywood industry and redeem the values of mass media and entertainment by sending a financial gift of any size to continue the work of the CFTVC.
For more information, go to http://www.movieguide.org and http://www.cftvc.org or write to: The Christian Film & Television Commission, 1151 Avenido Acaso, Camarillo, CA 93012.
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