Filmmakers asking imams to vet movies

Hollywood, which in its early years often reflected the values of mainstream Christian faith in America, in recent years has taken a turn away from that practice, releasing movies that uninhibitedly mock Christianity, such as “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Da Vinci Code,” Bill Maher’s “Religulous,” “The Golden Compass” and “Hounddog.”

Once upon a time, Hollywood producers and studios routinely consulted with Christian pastors and church denominations for script approval on virtually every new film.

Today, they are more likely to consult with Muslim imams and Islamist pressure groups to determine if their movies are appropriate for release.

A new report from the Express Tribune, with the International Herald Tribune, last week said filmmakers working on projects depicting the U.S. Navy SEAL mission to Pakistan to kill terrorist Osama bin Laden are having second thoughts.

“Filmmakers in Hollywood are terrified of inciting further retribution against America over a string of new films showing the U.S. mission,” the report said.

The report said at least “one fearful studio has asked an Islamic cleric to vet its script.”

“Senior executives at another studio have entered into intense briefing sessions with the U.S. State Department officials to minimize or expunge any content which otherwise might be viewed as offensive.”


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