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Press Release

November 28, 2006

PTC Calls City of Chicago's Boycott of "The Nativity Story" a Form of Anti-Religious Bigotry


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.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has over one million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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