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Controversy Over 'Temptation' Film

July 30, 1988

I need to take exception to a few statements in your editorial.

First, I don't see how any of the protesters can be accused of censorship. While the protesters are using strong voices to dissuade the public from seeing the movie, no one who I know about is trying to legislate against the movie. No protester is doubting Universal's right to release the film.

Likewise, Bill Bright (founder and president of the Campus Crusade for Christ) cannot be accused of trying to censor the movie either. Universal has every right to reject Bright's offer.

So far the protests have resulted in at least two major chains making decisions not to show the picture. That is their right under our system.

If the film does poorly in the box office as a result of the protesters' comments, that is merely our system at work. The public and theater management have listened to both sides and made a decision. The fact that it may not be the decision that Universal wanted hardly qualifies it as censorship.

LARRY WIENER

Alhambra

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