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Bible-beaters pressure Catholic bishops to reclassify 'Brokeback' rating

When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) rated and reviewed Brokeback Mountain, it was classified as “L” (limited adult audience – films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling). The original film review said.

“Looked at from the point of view of the need for love which everyone feels but few people can articulate, the plight of these guys is easy to understand while their way of dealing with it is likely to surprise and shock an audience.”

After our friend Bob Knight, penis-possessing, homo-sex obsessed director of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA’s) Culture & Family Institute (CFI) got wind of this movie, he had a hissy fit, so it looked like the Catholic church was going morally soft on the homos.


“Brokeback is the ‘Perfect Storm’ of Hollywood’s war on morality… “It combines high production values with a lowdown attack on morality. It’s a mockery of the Western genre embodied by every movie cowboy from John Wayne to Gene Autry to Kevin Costner. I can’t think of a more effective way to annoy and alienate most movie-going Americans than to show two cowboys lusting after each other and even smooching.

Yesterday, after several “pro-family” wingnuts strongly criticized the original review, the USCCB changed its classification yesterday to “O” (morally offensive). It didn’t, however, change its positive description of the film.

“Brokeback Mountain,” originally rated L (limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling) has been reclassified as an O (morally offensive). This has been done because the serious weight of the L rating — which restricts films in that category to those who can assess from a Catholic perspective the moral issues raised by a movie — is, unfortunately, misunderstood by many. Because, in this instance, there are some who are using the “L” rating to make it appear the Church — or the USCCB — position on homosexuality is ambiguous, the classification has been with revised specifically to address its moral content.

There was another rating the USCCB could have chosen in between the “L” and “O” — A-IV — adults, with reservations (an A-IV classification designates problematic films that, while not morally offensive in themselves, require caution and some analysis and explanation as a safeguard against wrong interpretations and false conclusions); but with the wingers hovering over them, they weren’t left with anything but the unambiguous “O” as a choice.

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