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Did you know that there was a time when the entertainment industry was bound by a code that forbade them from using any blasphemy in a movie? The “Hays Code” stated:

Pointed profanity--this includes the words “God,” “Lord,” “Jesus,” “Christ” (unless used reverently), “Hell,” “S.O.B.,” “damn,” or every other profane or vulgar expression, however used--is forbidden.

Hollywood is no longer restricted by the code. Many of today's movies don't simply blaspheme the name of Jesus. They go one further. For example, the award-winning Blow, directed by Ted Demme, is a typical R-rated film. The name of Jesus Christ is blasphemed eleven times in the movie. Three of those times, for some reason, the "F" word is used in the middle of His name.
Ray Comfort is the co-host (with actor Kirk Cameron) of an award-winning TV program that airs in 70 countries. He is also the best-selling author of more than 60 books, including What Hollywood Believes and Hollywood Be Thy Name. He and his wife, Sue, live in Los Angeles, California, where they have three grown children.

So, how can you (as one person), make a difference and influence the powerful Goliath of the entertainment industry? The answer is in your own hands. In 2005, roughly $8.8 billion was spent on movie tickets in the U.S. How much of $8.8 billion do you think came from those who call themselves Christians? According to The Barna Group, it was a massive $6.94 billion. Over 70% of the box office intake comes from people of faith.

With more than 170 million professing Christians in America, we have a sling that has the power to hit the “dark side” of Hollywood between the eyes and leave a deep impression on its money-making mind. Simply stop paying to see blasphemous movies and support the ones you know are good.  My goal isn't to clean up movies. That will never happen unless there is a Christian revival in Hollywood. In the meantime, I just want them to stop their blasphemy. They are causing an entire generation to hate Christianity, and to use the name of Jesus Christ to express disgust.

It’s become popular for church websites to give a little insight into the pastor’s likes and dislikes, so that you can get to know him better and perhaps imitate him. On one site, when the senior pastor is asked about his favorite movie, he says, “Tough one; I’m a movie freak -- used to be Lost Boys (vampire movie) . . . I like anything intense, brutal, mind-bending, etc.” His associate one-ups him. He answers, “Snatch with Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. Great film if you can get past the 493 F-bombs!” Apparently he got past them without a problem. Actually, he was exaggerating a little when he said that the movie used “F” word 493 times. I located the original script and counted each time the word was used. It was used 156 times, and the name of Jesus was blasphemed 11 times.

Only once in Scripture do we see that Jesus was violent. He was so zealous for God’s name and to clean up the House of God that He tipped over the tables of the greedy money-changers. Let’s do the same. Let’s upend the sales at the box office of every movie that even slightly smells of blasphemy.

Click HERE to view a partial list of contemporary movies that contain blasphemy, and a link to the producers. Send Hollywood a personal message. Email them and say “Your movie contains blasphemy. Don’t look for my money at the box office.” We will update this list regularly.


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