December 28, 2018

USC Institute for Violence Prevention Asks Disney to Halt Their Support of Remini Hate

Rev. Frank Jackson, Jr. serves as a community outreach organizer for the Institute for Violence Prevention at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Rev. Jackson is also chairman and CEO of The Group of Village Companies in Irvine, California, which seeks to mentor less advantaged youth through high school, college, and into careers in various professions as future corporate officers and board members.

December 28, 2018

Mr. Bob Iger
Chairman and CEO
The Walt Disney Company
Burbank, CA 91521

Dear Sir,

A&E Networks, partially owned by The Walt Disney Company, is currently airing a third season of a television series with a strong connotation towards promoting hate towards several American religions—the Church of Scientology, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and next will be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)—this show is Leah Remini Aftermath reality series. It gives the views of this former member of the Church of Scientology, who is paid to attack the church.

As Disney allows this to continue it is sending the message that it agrees with hatred against religions and the threats and violent incidents resulting. The Scientology Church alone has reported over 800 hate threats of violence, murder or vandalism, incited by this show. This includes one church being set on fire and another having a woman drive her car through the front of the church, barely missing staff and children and many more. Several naming Leah Remini as their inspiration. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have reported 5 of their Kingdom Halls burned since the announcement and airing of her special show on Jehovah's Witnesses.

If the roles were reversed, would you like to see your children or grandchildren harassed and victimized for their faith?

The Church of Scientology has programs worldwide to educate our youth on the dangers of drugs, on human rights, social consciousness, and tutoring youth in math, science, technology, and engineering in inner-city communities through the country, as well as responding with hope to help at disasters around the world.

If the roles were reversed, would you like to see your children or grandchildren harassed and victimized for their faith? It seems to me that such an approach is neither good for our current society nor for any future one.

Walt Disney and the Disney Company have always stood as caring, family-oriented entertainment. I doubt seriously that he would have tolerated for one minute this kind of “Hatchet Television” programming which has become the norm in the Rating Wars.  

Taking into consideration the country’s current climate, the recent shootings not only in Pittsburgh but many other houses of worship, I believe we must take extra precautions and responsibilities with the content we subject our youth and young adults to. For this group contains Our Seed for Our Future. Our organization’s mission statement is based on Mark 4:20 “A Seed Planted on Good Soil Shall Grow.” Our God-given assignment and responsibility are to till and nourish the soil. Their Ideals, Actions, Reactions, and Consequences will be a direct result from what “We’ve Fed and Watered” into the soil. Selah!

Yours Sincerely,
Rev. Frank Jackson, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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