Leaders of The Parents Television Council today released a study of prime time programming that they say shows that Hollywood "has virtually no respect for religion."
The study, put out in conjunction with the National Religious Broadcasters, counted 2,344 treatments of religion â€” such as the mention of prayer or the presence of God â€” from September 2003 to September 2004 and deemed 24.4% of them negative. Most were neutral, and 22.1% were positive.
Even so, Frank Wright, president of the NRB, called the negative portrayals "dehumanizing" and compared them to representations of Jews prior to the Holocaust, and blacks in the era of slavery. "Systematic negative portrayals of groups of people are always disturbing," he said.
"They produce the potting soil that leads to persecution."