By: Robin Murray-o'hair
Re: Priest to be Boycotted
"PRIEST" TO BE BOYCOTTED
Walt Disney Co. will be boycotted by two Roman Catholic
organizations because one of its subsidiaries has produced a film in
which priests are portrayed in sexual situations illicit in Roman
Catholic theology. The film, titled "Priest," depicts five fictional
priests, one of whom commits adultery and one of whom is a
homosexual. "Priest" was produced by Miramax.
American Life League, an anti-abortion group, and the Catholic
League are calling for the boycott, which includes all Disney
products, the Disney Channel, Disney World and Disneyland.
The American Life League also wants Disney to fire Michael
Eisner, its chief executive, and for the company to issue a public
apology "to every Christian in the country." The American Life
League claims 300,000 members. Its members are largely Catholic.
The Catholic League and the American Life League want Disney
to withdraw the film from the market entirely.
Last week, the two groups succeeded in forcing Miramax to
change the release date of the film from Good Friday. Now, they
threaten to "jam" Disney's telephone lines with complaints. They
have been joined by The Timothy Plan, a mutual fund that invests
only in "pro-family" companies. Walt Disney Company will
appear on the company's "forbidden list" of stocks in which it will
not invest, along with companies involved with abortion,
pornography, casino gambling, tobacco, and alcohol.
"It is long past time for the Christian communities to stand united
and hold these companies accountable for the filth they continue to
churn out," said Arthur D. Ally, president of the Timothy Plan, on
Wednesday, March 29.