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Film Gets a PG Rating "Cautioning" Parents About It’s Subject of Concern: Christianity

If you still don’t believe we live in a “Post-Christian” age, then check out this story from Scripps Howard News Service on the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating for a new movie.  If you’re not familiar, the MPAA is the organization that rates movies you see in the theaters.  A film suitable for all families is rated “G” and beyond that, warning flags go up at various levels for various reasons:  PG, PG-13, R, NC-17.

Now they’ve stamped a “PG” rating on a new film “Facing the Giants,” produced by a friend of mine, Alex Kendrick.  The film has shortcomings, mostly because of it’s low budget, but it’s an incredible story because Alex is the media director for a local church in Georgia, and he produced the film with mostly volunteers from the congregation.  But the MPAA is so concerned about the film that it feels it must warn parents.

Why?  Christianity is a key element of the storyline, and for that – the MPAA is concerned about it’s negative impact on families.  Did you ever think our culture would turn so much that an “evangelistic” film warrants a caution?

It’s a strange world indeed.

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  1. Phil,
    I’m so glad that you caught this and blogged about it. I hope that Google picks this up and Christians everywhere begin to gain a much better understanding of the ‘actual’ tone our liberal system has encouraged. Sticking our heads in the sand is no longer an option.

    What do you suggest that we do about this sort of thing?

  2. Yeah, this is nuts. I can perhaps understand putting a warning on a movie like this that is billed specifically for kids, wanting to warn parents who may be trying to teach their children another faith that this movie may get kids thinking about other religions. However, in that case you would need to put the same kind of warning on any kind of movie billed for kids that teaches any kind of philosophy or religion that not everyone would agree with… and very quickly the “G” rating would become extinct.

  3. Dang, that’s messed up. Who would have ever thought we’d see the day. I’m honestly grieved about this.

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