LOS ANGELES (November 28, 2006) – The Parents Television
Council™ President Brent Bozell issued the following statement in
response to the City of Chicago's decision to withdraw its support of
the annual Christkindlmarket festival because the new movie
The Nativity Story was a
sponsor. Christkindlmarket festival officials have returned the
sponsorship money to New Line Cinema, which produced
The Nativity Story.
"What we haven't seen in decades from Hollywood is a
reverent recounting of the birth of Jesus. The New Line studio is
filling that void with its new movie
The Nativity Story, which
simply retells the story of the first Christmas. Millions upon millions
of Americans are grateful to New Line for its effort. So why is this
story not suitable for the City of Chicago, which caused
The Nativity Story's
sponsorship to be pulled from the Chicago Christmas festival?
"The City of Chicago's decision not to be associated with
a film like The Nativity Story
is a form of anti-religious bigotry and indirect censorship. It is
ludicrous that the city would blatantly attack a movie that will be
exceptionally well-received by millions of people in and around Chicago,
most of whom are members of one Christian denomination or another.
"The Nativity Story
is part of a promising trend in Hollywood: pleasing the religious
segment of the marketplace. New Line deserves a cheer for making this
movie, just as the public needs to be reminded of that which the ACLU –
and now the City of Chicago – would rather it forget."
To schedule an
interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext.
140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.