Movie Studio Rejects Bill Bright's Offer to Buy 'Last Temptation of Christ' for Destruction

Movie Studio Rejects Bill Bright's Offer to Buy 'Last Temptation of Christ' for Destruction

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Universal Pictures takes out a full-page advertisement in several newspapers to respond to an offer by Bill Bright, evangelical leader and founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ, to pay $10 million for the original negative of Martin Scorsese's upcoming film "The Last Temptation of Christ." so he can destroy it.

According to the studio's statement, such an offer is a threat to constitutional rights and freedom of speech.

The studio says:

"While we understand the deep feelings and convictions which have prompted this offer, we believe that to accept it would threaten the fundamental freedoms of religion and expression promised to all Americans under our Constitution.

In the United States, no one sect or coalition has the power to set boundaries around each person's freedom to explore religious and philosophical questions whether through speech, books, or film.

These freedoms protect all of us. They are precious. They are not for sale. ...

Only in totalitarian states are all people forced to accept one version of truth. In any case, Martin Scorsese has stated quite clearly that his film is a work of fiction and that it is based on a novel, not the Gospels."

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