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Date Posted: 20:35:59 08/10/16 Wed
Author: SWC
Subject: Everyone here knows Rick to be anything but a bigot
In reply to: Chip Saunders 's message, "To Author of "Scenery's" "Story of Lost Episodes"" on 23:16:58 08/02/16 Tue

Rick is a scrupulously fair man. That's why he objected to the actions of Pat Robertson when he go the right to broadcast the so called "Lost Episodes"

Here is the text to OP objected to:

"By 1988, NBC was in the final stages of getting most of the episodes completed for airplay. They struck a deal with The Family Channel, a new cable television network, owned by the ultra-conservative and ex-Baptist minister, Pat Robertson. National Telefilm was now going by the name of Republic Pictures, since they acquired the name and logo in 1986. Republic shipped Family Channel 120 episodes that began with season seven and concluded with season fourteen...

Pat Robertson would censor any program that his extreme Christian beliefs opposed. His programming staff were instructed to censor and five Bonanza episodes were far from exempt. Season seven's "The Strange One" dealt with a young woman who is a psychic that can predict events and tragedy would result. The Christian religion sees a psychic as a witch; a disciple of Satan, and this is why the episode was censored.

Season eight's "The Pursued" was a two-part epic with feature quality, that dealt with a Morman rancher and his two wives. The local townsfolk don't understand it and the new Christian preacher turns into a fanatic over the issue of polygamy. The rancher and his wives are forced out of their ranch by the preacher, who has the townsmen following his order to punish them for what he considers is sinning. In this case, the two-parter was censored.

Season thirteen had two episodes that Robertson also considered not suitable for the viewing audience. "Second Sight" deals with a lovely woman who is a clairvoyant, that can foretell events. Her husband is a man of the cloth and isn't comfortable in their marriage with her ability of "second sight." Jamie is missing and injured, so the Cartwrights call on her for help. In the eyes of Christians, a clairvoyant is said to be a witch and disciple of Satan, so this episode was censored, too. In 1989, the episode was compiled by NBC into a feature with "The Strange One" and aired on USA Network. It went under the title of "Bonanza: The Movie."

The fifth entry is "A Visit to Upright." In the story, the Cartwrights buy a rundown saloon and the plot revolves around a picture of a naked lady. Once again, the episode was censored. Robertson didn't like the painting and in his mind, it was a negative factor that could be linked with sexual overtones and lustful desire, which is a sin. On the contrary, it isn't a sin for a Christian man to look at a naked woman. In this case, Robertson was too extreme in his mind. Family Channel gave no explanation for censoring and never publically revealed it. The final example of their censoring was applied to fourteen's "Forever."*

The full-length episode aired in the fall of 1989, with the two-part syndicated version replacing it in 1990. Robertson refused to air it in early 1991, as some things in the plot disturbed him. He sold Family Channel to Fox in 1996 and their new management took over in 1997. "Forever" suddenly came back on that year, as Fox had no objections to the story at all."

Robertson is a former Baptist minister and he is certainly ultra-conservative. he did order the censorship described. So what is the OP's complaint? And who is the bigot here?

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[> [> Re: Pat Robertson threatened to blow up the State Department -- Cusco, 20:00:02 09/01/16 Thu [1]

Hey, SWC, where is the link?


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[> [> [> Re: Pat Robertson threatened to blow up the State Department -- SWC, 21:00:08 09/04/16 Sun [1]

I hadn't heard that.The statement is not contained in my post so I don't why I would be required to provide a link.

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[> [> [> [> RE; Personal attacks... -- Rick, 20:15:03 09/16/16 Fri [1]

..are subject to ip banning and deletion.


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