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Controversy Over 'Temptation' Film

July 30, 1988

I'd like to clear up a gross error on the part of The Times in the editorial "The Test of 'The Last Temptation' " (July 23).

In raising the issue of the constitutional rights of Universal to release "The Last Temptation of Christ," The Times makes a moot point. We all realize that the Constitution protects Universal and MCA from any legal action. The Constitution does not protect Universal, MCA, or Lew Wasserman from anyone expressing anger over their decision.

Christians have a right to feel outrage over any film for whatever reason they want: It is protected by the First Amendment just as much as Universal's right to release any film it wants for whatever reason. I was sorry to see that The Times bought Universal's line that protesting a film is unconstitutional. In reality, it is a celebration of the right to express an opinion and an exercise in pure democracy.

STEVEN EKLUND

Whittier

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