Letter to Hollywood Directors,
Producers and Presidents
The Jesus Project wrote the following letter to Directors, Producers and
Presidents in Hollywood.
The Jesus Project addresses the abuse of the Name of God in the media,
especially the entertainment industry. This initiative is supported by
millions of believers in South Africa. We have sent numerous post cards
over the last months to various role-players.
Even though we have not received any official reply from you, we believe
that you have taken notice of our appeal. We are almost certain that you
have given the whole issue due consideration and have sought ways in which this
matter can be addressed.
Not all uses of the Name of God are frivolous in nature. Sometimes
the use/reference to God's Name is contextually motivated. When confronted
with tragedy, trauma, etc., calling on the Name of God can be interpreted as a
prayer. When, however, the words "Oh my God, Jesus Christ, God damned" are
used to express other emotions, the context often clearly indicates that no
prayer or testimony was intended. It shows little regard for the
convictions of millions of people worldwide.
Thank you for understanding that people of faith finds it offensive when
Gods' Name is blasphemed. We believe that the industry generally values
the support of viewers and would not intentionally offend them.
We recently had a very meaningful development in South Africa.
Viewers are warned in advance when a particular movie contains blasphemous
exclamations. (The South African Film and Publications Board). This
helps believers to make informed decisions before they support a particular
Even though this is not the ideal, believers are thankful as it
demonstrates consideration on the part of the monitoring authorities.
We sincerely hope that the industry will make a firm commitment to abstain
from references that can be interpreted as abuse.
It would be appreciated if we could receive some kind of response from you
indicative of your stance on this issue.
Thank you once again for your kind consideration.
Rev. Jannie Pelser (Organizer)"
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