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June 07, 1985 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-06-07

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producers of the show.
Littlebery says that his son-
in-law Whalen runs off the
postcards on his business
computer, and sends out
about a 1,000 before each
show. The postcards are sent
out locally, but the group
also sent one to the FBI in
Washington, D.C.
The show has received lit-
tle protest so far, according
to Margie Topous, public ac-
cess co-ordinator for Conti-
nental Cablevision. She has
only received one phone call
concerning the program.
The Farmington Hills Post
Office says the postcard falls
within its guidelines and
they cannot restrict its mail-
ing. A U.S. postal official
told The Jewish News that
the postcard is "up to in-
terpretation" and the post
office "cannot stop opinions."
The program, entitled
"Questions for Gene Littleb-
ery," was aired May 24, May
29 and June 4. The 48-
minute show begins with an
actor in prison singing a
song with the line, "Life
can't flourish until God is
dead." The majority of the
program is an interview with
Littlebery.
When asked how to elimi-
nate crime, Littlebery re-
sponds, "Get rid of money .. .
Money is for Jewish people.
They manipulate money."
The show also claims that
capitalism is evil, gold
equals God and Passover and
Easter are "money-making
gimmicks."
Littlebery discusses the
roles of blacks and indians in
today's society, claiming that
whites, especially Jews, con-
trol everything. Jews and
Christians control the books
in public schools, he alleges.
"Christianity is based on vio-
lence," he says, and Chris-
tians "don't tolerate other
religions."
The programs also in-
sinuates that the Bible is
used as a tool by the federal
government to stir emotions
and disorient people, the cold
war with Russia is a fabrica-
tion, as is the Holocaust.
Topous says Family of
Seven began broadcasting
over a year ago. Their first
show was a Christmas pro-
gram that Topous describes
as a "bastardized verion of
The Christmas Carol." The
Family of Seven Productions
also made a documentary
about themselves, a program
on home schooling and a
number of "Questions for
Gene Littlebery."
Although Topous says that

"every public access producer
is allowed to show their pro-
gram three times within two
months," "Questions for
Gene Littlebery" will be
given a fourth showing due
to complaints the Family of
Seven Productions has
leveled against the channel.
The group has accused Con-
tinental of distorting the
audio and video portions of
their program and editing
announcements.
Kathy Sherman, cable co-
ordinator for the City of
Southfield, says there are

The show and the
post cards have
received few
protests.

few guidelines restricting
what goes on the air. Any-
one, after learning to make
their own videos, can have
access to the channel, as long
as the show falls under the
Cable Commission's
guidelines. Continental does
have the right to preview the
tape. The guidelines state
that a show cannot be aired
if it is used for commerical
purposes or if it has "mate-
rial which has been held to
be obscene by compptent
jurisdiction."
Continential Cablevision
and the city of Southfield
had lawyers review "Ques-
tions for Gene Littlebery."
The lawyers found the pro-
gram within the legal
guidelines.
Continential Cablevision
has "no editorial input into
(public access) programm-
ing," according to operations
manager Candace MacGilliv-
ery. The channel also has no
control over the postcards.
Topous was eager to dis-
cuss the matter because
"we'd like someone to take a
look at it." Littlebery told
The Jewish News his pro-
grams try to show what it is
like to live in a world where
everyone is religious. There
is no more real charity, he
says. "It's all a front.
"We are not pro-Nazism.
We want to save the Jewish
people by rebuking them
sharp enough to see what is
going to happen," Littlebery
says.
At the end of the program,
a message on the screen says
"Questions for Gene Littleb-
ery" was shown in the inter-
est of "finding alternative
ways of bringing peace."

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