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July 16, 1988
Larry Poland and his Bible-thumping band of book burners want distribution of "The Last Temptation of Christ" stopped and they even want the prints destroyed! They stopped short, however, of demanding that director Martin Scorsese be put to trial by torture or burned at the stake for heresy. I do not know if Poland and his posse consider dreaming about sex (as depicted in the film) a sin, but personally I agree with C. S. Lewis that even though (waking) sins of the flesh are transgressions, they shrink in significance beside sins of the heart, such as hatred and intolerance.
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July 16, 1988
Larry Poland and his Bible-thumping band of book burners want distribution of "The Last Temptation of Christ" stopped and they even want the prints destroyed! They stopped short, however, of demanding that director Martin Scorsese be put to trial by torture or burned at the stake for heresy. I do not know if Poland and his posse consider dreaming about sex (as depicted in the film) a sin, but personally I agree with C. S. Lewis that even though (waking) sins of the flesh are transgressions, they shrink in significance beside sins of the heart, such as hatred and intolerance.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 1987 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
One recent Sunday morning, gay playwright Robert Chesley and the Rev. Larry Poland were both in church, preaching their own personal gospel on the broadcasting of obscenity on the radio. The Gospel According to Poland, who preaches every week at the Highland Evangelical Free Church in Redlands: "The argument that you can turn it off if you don't like it is a little like saying you can complain after you've been mugged. If it's on the radio, anyone can listen . . . even children."
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August 18, 1987 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
One recent Sunday morning, gay playwright Robert Chesley and the Rev. Larry Poland were both in church, preaching their own personal gospel on the broadcasting of obscenity on the radio. The Gospel According to Poland, who preaches every week at the Highland Evangelical Free Church in Redlands: "The argument that you can turn it off if you don't like it is a little like saying you can complain after you've been mugged. If it's on the radio, anyone can listen . . . even children."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 1987
So the play "Jerker" offends the Rev. Larry Poland's values. On television, radio and in print, fundamentalist preachers and their supporters attack the self-esteem and values of millions of lesbians and gay men. Fundamentalists engage in gay-bashing every day throughout the country in the name of religion and then have the gall to attack the one-time, local broadcast of a play. DICK MEISEL Santa Monica
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Some Christian fundamentalists who protested Universal's release of the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" have adopted another tactic--urging constituents to resist the temptation to buy or rent "E.T.--The Extra-Terrestrial" home video. MCA Inc., which owns Universal, is also the parent company of MCA Home Video, which is releasing "E.T." on Oct. 27 at the suggested price of $24.95. (On Thursday, MCA announced that pre-orders for "E.T."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
Those going to see Robert Chesley's "Jerker" at the Sushi Performance Gallery Thursday through Sunday won't just be seeing a play. They'll also witness the cause of the biggest Federal Communications Commission uproar over obscenity since comedian George Carlin used his "seven dirty words" routine on the radio. It all started when KPFK-FM in Los Angeles broadcast excerpts from "Jerker" on April 27, 1987, and complaints by an evangelical minister, the Rev.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1988 | PAT H. BROESKE
An ad-hoc coalition of Southern California religious leaders has called for Universal Pictures to abandon plans to release the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ"--and to destroy the film's prints. The plea was made at a press conference held Tuesday at the Registry Hotel--located in Universal City, just down the road from Universal Pictures, which plans to release the film on Sept. 23.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel was the scene of a different kind of Hollywood power breakfast Friday morning, with nearly 700 people praying. Rather than simply praying at the annual National Media Prayer Breakfast for the entertainment industry to make more wholesome movies and TV shows, those present at the Christian event this year asked God for one more timely blessing: an end to the two-week-long writers strike that has crippled Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1987 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
The Federal Communications Commission crackdown on shock radio shocked the entire entertainment industry Friday, not just the three radio stations criticized in a Thursday press conference in Washington, D.C. The FCC's immediate focus is on the alleged indecent broadcasting of so-called "raunch radio" deejays, modeled after the practice of New York shock-jock pioneer Howard Stern.
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August 14, 1988 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Evangelists who led public opposition to the showing of "The Last Temptation of Christ" conceded Saturday that their protests had given the movie a boost of free publicity and that Universal Pictures seemed to have won the first round at the box office. But they vowed to continue the fight. Ticket buyers have far outnumbered protesters in each of the nine U.S. and Canadian cities where the film opened Friday.
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