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Should Christians Have an Online Ratings System for TV, Movies and Music?

Posted on 06/24/2013 1:37:54 PM PDT by cradle of freedom

A recent Freerepublic post about lesbian moms being featured on the last episode of Disney's Good Luck Charlie has gotten me to thinking about whether there is a Christian ratings system for tv programs, movies and music. It is time for something like this. Years ago there was a religious group called the Legion of Decency which rated movies by their content regarding their portrayal of morality. Movies were much cleaner back then.

If gays, abortion lovers and other degenerates can be the guiding hand of Hollywood morality why can't Christians use their numbers to provide parents with some clear guidelines. A word from this group can warn parents away from programs that try to sneak in unhealty programming for kids. Parents can weigh in and judge what they think of various shows. Comments would be welcome also.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: chat; disney; homosexual; ratings; tv; vanity

1 posted on 06/24/2013 1:37:54 PM PDT by cradle of freedom
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To: cradle of freedom

Check out www.pluggedin.com


2 posted on 06/24/2013 1:38:36 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie ("Demons run when a good man goes to war.")
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To: cradle of freedom

It would be nice. In my humble opinion, we are in the mist of the apostasy, and any christian rating system will chastised by the left. I’m not so sure it would work.


3 posted on 06/24/2013 1:42:03 PM PDT by By and By (Dime Store New Dealers are Milquetoast and Liberal)
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To: cradle of freedom

Good idea!


4 posted on 06/24/2013 1:42:41 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was right (again)!)
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To: cradle of freedom

Agree with ChocChipCookie’s recommendation of Focus on the Family’s pluggedin.com.


5 posted on 06/24/2013 1:43:02 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: cradle of freedom

There are already sites that do this.


6 posted on 06/24/2013 1:44:45 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: cradle of freedom
My wife was watching an Law and Order last night. The plot was the murder of an open homosexual whose father was a Fundamentalist Christian preacher trying to "cure" his son of his gayness. The characters who played the detectives spent half the show doing their own "preaching", "why do these bigots show such hatred to 10%(??) of the population, they're no different than the rest of us, blah bla blah. Advocacy TV at it's worst. I was practically yelling at the TV, "SHUT UP AND READ YOU'RE LINES!!, Oh, wait they were. I think a ratings system from a Christian perspective is a good idea.
7 posted on 06/24/2013 1:45:33 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: cradle of freedom

Christian Spotlight DOES do it more movies. Something has gone seriously wrong with the Disney corporation. Thanks for pointing that out, as my girls watch Good Luck Charlie.


8 posted on 06/24/2013 1:46:09 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: cradle of freedom

Hardliner here. Watch TV only when required to.


9 posted on 06/24/2013 1:47:52 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cradle of freedom

There are Christian movie review sites.


10 posted on 06/24/2013 1:48:28 PM PDT by Borges
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To: cradle of freedom
I recommend CAP Movie Ministry. They cite scripture and adhere to a rigorous system in grading movies.

http://www.capalert.com

11 posted on 06/24/2013 1:50:06 PM PDT by RDAardvark (faith is a fact.)
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To: cradle of freedom

I use Crosswalk.com and Pluggedin.com


12 posted on 06/24/2013 1:50:34 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: cradle of freedom
The Hays Production Code of 1930 was a voluntary code self-imposed on the industry that was informed by a panel of Catholic moral theologians.

From 1930 to 1970 most studios kept to this code.

In 1959 the transvestite comedy Some Like It Hot was released by a small production company, with its producers specifically ignoring the code.

In 1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was the first release by a major to ignore the code.

By 1970 all the majors had bypassed the code.

In 1972, Deep Throat became a national success.

13 posted on 06/24/2013 1:51:42 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: cradle of freedom
I sometimes think the degradation of movies began with the rating system. Movie producers would add in filth, nude scenes, and violence in order to get a higher rating, mistakingly believing that a lower rating would be box office disaster. Remember "penis breath" in the movie ET? That was added to get a PG rating, because they believed a G would be the kiss of death.

So many movies have cringe worthy sex scenes and dialog that seem out of place in what otherwise would be a family friendly comedy. There are no more family friendly comedies anymore, they are all rated R. Hansel and Gretel, a children's story, is rated R. There is an R rated Snow White. I could go on and on, but there is very little I can watch with my children, now.

14 posted on 06/24/2013 1:52:27 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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its not because of the system-but becauseHollyweird loves the filth


15 posted on 06/24/2013 1:56:03 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: wideawake

There were a whole bunch of films that caused a give and take with the Code changing here and there. The 1951 film of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ was one of the early breakthrough. If Marilyn Monroe hadn’t died during the filming of ‘Something’s Got to Give’ in 1962 it would have been the first film with a mainstream star appearing nude (that honor went to 1963’s ‘Promises! Promises!’ with Jayne Mansfield). The first film with nudity to receive a Production Code seal was The Pawnbroker in 1964.

P.S. Is ‘Some Like it Hot’ really a ‘transvestite’ comedy? They dressed that way to avoid gangsters not for sexual gratification.


16 posted on 06/24/2013 2:00:06 PM PDT by Borges
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To: sportutegrl

E.T. was made when Disney films and ‘kiddie’ movies were regarded as Box Office poison.


17 posted on 06/24/2013 2:01:02 PM PDT by Borges
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To: cradle of freedom

I have one and it 99.9999999999999% of the time keeps me out of movie theaters because of the garbage, and this is being unkind to garbage calling it that, but the movies are garbage and I don’t give my money to the pigs in Hollyweird. Period.


18 posted on 06/24/2013 2:01:33 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: cradle of freedom

we use dove.org for movies. good resource to bookmark.


19 posted on 06/24/2013 2:02:00 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Sam Gamgee

The Disney channel has been running promos (featuring lesbians in bed) for that show in other programming. You see commercials like this on sports shows and other family fare. Personally if I still had kids at home, I wouldn’t have cable.


20 posted on 06/24/2013 2:08:10 PM PDT by Varda
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To: cradle of freedom

“Movies were much cleaner back then.”

Not entirely true. Prior to the Hays Code 1930-1968, movies were getting raunchier. Loaded with innuendo, brief flashes of nudity, and supported by scandal sheets about celebrities.

If the public tolerated it, they would do it. But what the public would tolerate was a whole lot different. And not always what you might think.

The first banned movie was in 1894! “Dorlita in the Passion Dance”.

1906 “Reenactment of the Massacre at Wounded Knee”, for being too sympathetic to Indians.

1915 “The Birth of a Nation”, banned in many places North of the Mason-Dixon. Sympathetic portrayal of the KKK.

1917 (Margaret Sanger’s) “Birth Control”.

1922 “Haxan: Witchcraft through the ages” (Torture and nudity).

1932 “Scarface” (Glorification of crime)(post Hays code).

My favorite banned film was the German movie called “Pandora’s Box” (1929), featuring a rather attractive but stone faced young woman. Censors around the US decided that she had that special something that made men immoral so banned the movie. Kind of Islamic logic.


21 posted on 06/24/2013 2:09:46 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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The Hays Code didn’t really go into effect ill 1934. Ernst Lubtisch’ 1932 classic ‘Trouble In Paradise’ was withdrawn a couple years after release and could not be released in its original form till the 1960s. This was merely for innuendo and double entendres.


22 posted on 06/24/2013 2:12:37 PM PDT by Borges
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To: cradle of freedom
Didn't Tipper Gore try to do this a few decades ago?

-PJ

23 posted on 06/24/2013 2:17:05 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: cradle of freedom
Should Christians Have an On line Ratings System for Politicians and Political Parties?
24 posted on 06/24/2013 2:17:45 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
1922 “Haxan: Witchcraft through the ages”

I saw that a few years ago in a theater. It was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, although being a serious-minded documentary, the humor was unintentional. Through the entire film, the audience roared with laughter. I think a bad translation of the subtitles added to the humor.

25 posted on 06/24/2013 2:39:08 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: By and By
It would be nice. In my humble opinion, we are in the mist of the apostasy, and any christian rating system will chastised by the left. I’m not so sure it would work.

I'd be far more concerned about the apostasized "Christian" left subverting the system once it was established. They love to keep the Christian title while corrupting the substance of what it means to truly be Christian.

26 posted on 06/24/2013 3:09:07 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: Varda

Yikes. The main reason we have them in private school is to avoid homosexual teachings at public school. To think they might get it from Disney.


27 posted on 06/24/2013 3:19:07 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: CommerceComet

“I’d be far more concerned”

You make an excellent point. But perhaps that is part of the “apostasy”. There are so many phonies out there. Hurry up Jesus.


28 posted on 06/24/2013 3:29:40 PM PDT by By and By (Dime Store New Dealers are Milquetoast and Liberal)
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To: Sam Gamgee

Disney has been in the gutter for quite a while. I mark it to when they replaced shows like Lizzy McGuire with her raunchy “twin,” Miley Cyrus. That was back in the mid-2000s.


29 posted on 06/24/2013 3:36:45 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: cradle of freedom

This provides some nice movie reviews

http://www.catholicnews.com/movies.htm


30 posted on 06/24/2013 3:38:03 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: cradle of freedom

Wow thanks for all the great websites. I wrote them down and I will be introducing them on Freerepublic from time to time. We cannot talk about this enough.

Has anyone used this as a topic of discussion on facebook? The websites mentioned here would be great resources for parents and grandparents.

Has anyone thought of starting a entertainment source guide on facebook? Bet you would get a lot of hits.


31 posted on 06/24/2013 3:49:13 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Varda

Wish I could x out those commercials as well.


32 posted on 06/24/2013 3:51:48 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

I remember my father wouldn’t go to see any movie. His reasoning was... even if you pay to see a good one, the movie company would just use the money to make a bad one the next time. He was pretty particular who he would “do business with”.


33 posted on 06/24/2013 3:52:58 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kaehurowing

What was the name of that executive that took over Disney when he died? I used to know his name but I can’t remember it now but I know that it started with an E.


34 posted on 06/24/2013 3:56:22 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

Disney’s brother took over when Walt died.


35 posted on 06/24/2013 5:07:05 PM PDT by Borges
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To: kjam22

Did he also not read books or listen to music based on those criteria?


36 posted on 06/24/2013 5:07:39 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Well... he read the bible... and he listened to The Gaithers.... I dunno.


37 posted on 06/24/2013 5:19:51 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kjam22

The point being that it makes as much sense. Publishing and Record companies put out all sorts of stuff. Especially fiction houses.


38 posted on 06/24/2013 5:26:22 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

The Gaithers aren’t fiction.... they’re real.....


39 posted on 06/24/2013 5:35:27 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kjam22

I meant publishing houses in general.


40 posted on 06/24/2013 5:39:49 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Who published the Gaithers music?


41 posted on 06/24/2013 5:42:36 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kjam22

No idea


42 posted on 06/24/2013 5:43:46 PM PDT by Borges
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To: cradle of freedom

I don’t know that it should be only a Christian thing. It should be a decency thing. TV is mostly trash...and some people like mental dumpster diving...that’s fine. But if a TV show cannot pass a decency smell test, then it should disappear. But wait...we already have that...it is called ratings. So that’s not the problem, the problem is with the people who like trash. A ratings system won’t help...those of us in the choir already avoiding the smell.


43 posted on 06/24/2013 6:16:22 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ( EVERY DIME Obama Spends is given to him by the Republicans in the House.)
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