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Group should review religious films at MIT


To the Editor:

I applaud The Institute's efforts for monitoring the screening of sexually explicit films on campus, since these indeed can show women in dehumanizing positions. I believe, however, that there is another category that demands our attention: religiously-oriented films. Who among us will deny the role that religious motives played in making the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Monkey Trial part of our history?

I am not suggesting that movies that glorify religion should be banned from campus; that would constitute censorship. But such films should be subject to the six week notice rule too. That would give those of us who find these films offensive an opportunity to offer alternative secular themes. For example, if LSC were to present The Ten Commandments or The Greatest Story ever Told, then we could counter with You Can't Take it With You, It's a Wonderful World, or even Inherit the Wind. To single out pornography as the sole category for the responsible monitoring of which films we ought to see seems arbitrary and narrow-minded.

Michael D. Riley G->