Christian Peschken's thoughts


This topic is completely ignored (or for the most part) by the mainstream news media . It’s a shame because we all can become refugees, and all of us , perhaps in the near future, even in the western world, may be persecuted because of our religion. Please share this with many, and help refugees if they arrive at your country , state, town!

A quick tour in 4 short episodes about what’s inside a Catholic Church, and why, and what it means. Tourgide is Fr. Charlie Irvin and Mark Sedarski in Milwaukee, WI. .

Fr. Charles Irvin (Diocese of Lansing, MI) in 12 segments, reflects on the words of the ‘Our Father’ prayer. Filmed at the Basilica of Holy Hill, Hubertus, Wisconsin. Produced & Photographed by Christian Peschken. Edited by Jonathan Lenoch, Christian Peschken. Broadcast on EWTN in 2009.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


I don’t believe America has ever seen such a thing. The leader of the free world just followed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s honest, visionary, and serious U.N. speech with a speech of his own in the Rose Garden. More like it, President Obama just recorded essentially an infomercial on the disastrous Obamacare rollout. In a speech full of unserious claims and low-level false accusations against those who disagree with his liberal, unworkable policies, this president engaged in doublespeak without even blinking. It was unreal.

Obama just proclaimed all our predictions about Obamacare were wrong. The economy is doing great, he claimed, though he dare not direct that to the millions of people who are being kicked to part-time employment, to bankrupt cities, to shuttered Main Street businesses, and to conscientious taxpayers suffocating under a $17 trillion debt.

Obama just claimed for the umpteenth time there will be no health care rationing (aka “death panels”), but apparently Howard Dean, Paul Krugman, and Obama’s own former director of Medicare and Medicaid (and anyone who read the IPAB section of the monstrous bill) didn’t get the memo on that one.

Obama just claimed that the last government “shutdown” in 1996 hurt the economy, when in fact he knows the stock market boomed. I guess he thinks he can furlough reality too. He’s also claiming that he cut deficits in half. In what alternate universe? And if that’s the case, then why does he insist on yet another enormous debt ceiling increase?

The White House is now condescendingly comparing Obamacare’s numerous “glitches” to Apple software updates. The difference is we can CHOOSE to buy Apple products; no one forces us. Obviously the comparison is ridiculously unserious as we find out the harsh, life-changing punishments this new arm of the IRS will hit us with if we don’t buy Obama’s forced product.

Among so many other distorted things, Obama just declared that “Obamacare is open for business” – well, aside from all the “glitches” I guess. His infomercial sent people to broken websites and a hotline that seems permanently on hold. And this same bureaucracy will now be in charge of our health care, which is 1/6th of our economy. Nah, surely nothing could go wrong with that.

The majority of Americans are against Obamacare despite all of the rhetoric fed into Obama’s teleprompter. And amazingly, of course, Obama blamed fiscal conservatives and tea party patriots for the problems and even for this partial government shut down that he and Harry Reid drove. He declared he would NOT negotiate a solution with them, but then in the next breath he said he’s open to hearing from anyone with a better idea. Doublespeak.

Bottom line, sadly our president passes the buck and cries that he has no responsibility in all of this. He acted as if he, the leader, didn’t have any responsibility to pass a budget either – even during his first two years in office when he enjoyed total Democrat control of Congress and the White House.

What a difference in leadership style and substance we witnessed today on U.S. soil. The two speeches said it all. A Warrior unifying his nation and their allies, and a Community Organizer un-organizing and dividing his own.

Taken from this website (click on the name) : Sarah Palin


I would like to direct your attention to, in my view, a true ‘hero’ in the film industry of the past.

One man who changed Hollywood.


I also want to remind us that the Church, the Catholic Church in particular, at one point in the history of America’s entertainment business, stood up for family values, and forced Hollywood to impose a self censorship.

But all this was started by ONE MAN… Will H. Hays, byname of William Harrison Hays   (born Nov. 5, 1879, Sullivan, Ind., U.S.—died March 7, 1954, Sullivan), a prominent American political figure who was president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA, later called the Motion Picture Association of America) from 1922 to 1945. Because of his pervasive influence on the censorship office of the association, it was known as the Hays Office.

Hays, a politically active lawyer, became the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1918. He spearheaded Warren G. Harding’s successful front-porch campaign for the presidency of the United States in 1920 and the following year was appointed postmaster general (1921–22). In 1922, after the occurrence of a number of scandals involving Hollywood personalities, the leaders of the motion-picture industry formed the self-regulating MPPDA to counteract the threat of government censorship of films and to create favourable publicity for the industry. Hays was offered a position as president. As a respected national politician and dignified elder in the Presbyterian Church, Hays brought prestige to the organization. He initiated a moral blacklist in Hollywood, inserted morals clauses in actors’ contracts, and in 1930 was one of the authors of the Production Code, a detailed enumeration of what was morally acceptable on the screen, which was not supplanted until 1966.

Executive summary: The Hays Production Code
In its early years, mainstream movies from Hollywood sometimes told stories that challenged the era’s social or political conventions. A night at the movies might include nudity, vulgar language, illegal drugs, even sadomasochism. Top director William Desmond Taylor had been murdered, Charlie Chaplin had been caught with underage girls, Fatty Arbuckle was in a rape-murder scandal, and a murder had occurred in the home of Cecil B. DeMille. True or false, there was a growing perception that Hollywood was a city of decadence, drugs, orgies, gambling, prostitution, and rampant social diseases.

By the early 1920s, several cities and states had established censorship laws, requiring movies to be approved for public screenings, and allowing local officials to mandate that specific scenes be edited out prior. There were Congressional rumblings of a federal law controlling movie content, and to ward off such legislation, the film industry formed the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), promising to bring morality to the silver screen.

Will H. Hays seemed like the perfect choice to become President of the MPPDA. He had been Chairman of the Republican Party, campaign manager for President Warren G. Harding, and Harding’s Postmaster General. In the latter position, he was known for vigorous prosecutions for mailing pornographic materials through the mail. When Hays took charge of the MPPDA, his office published a blacklist of actors and workers studios should not hire, inserted moral clauses into actors’ contracts, and published an informal list of suggested guidelines for film producers. Actors with partying reputations saw their careers fade, but Hollywood movies were still decried for their lack of morals.

When the Catholic Church formed its Legion of Decency and threatened nationwide boycotts, Hays installed a more formal production code, called the Hays Code, the Production Code, or simply “The Code”. These rules were enacted in 1930, but included no penalties until a 1934 addendum stipulated that films could not be released without certification from the Hays Office. After that, The Code was virtually the law in Hollywood.

Depiction of homosexuality, nudity, “suggestive dances”, or childbirth were prohibited, and any clergymen had to be presented in a serious and respectful manner. Vulgarity, vengeance, miscegenation, naughty language, and “excessive and lustful kissing” were all against the rules. The Code decreed that the audience should never see criminals, adultery, or premarital sex in a positive light, and never see U.S. government or its employees as anything but a force for goodness. In practice, this meant that for about thirty years at the movies, bad guys never got away with their crimes, and good guys never got more than a kiss. The Hays Production Code was bad for movies as art, since moviemakers’ choices were tightly constricted under the code, but it was great for movies as business, since parents had no worries about taking the whole family to see virtually any movie.

The MPPDA changed its name to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in the mid-1940s, shortly after Hays’ retirement. The Code’s authority began fading in the 1960s, and was eventually replaced by a Byzantine ratings system — G, PG, R, and NC-17.

Of historical significance, in 1926, a film of Hays’ voice speaking in synch with the images introduced Don Juan starring John Barrymore, a non-talkie, but the first film to feature a pre-recorded score using the new Vitaphone technology. Hays’ son, Will Hays Jr, wrote the 1949 musical You’re My Everything starring Dan Dailey and Anne Baxter, and was elected Mayor of Crawfordsville, IN.

Hays resigned his cabinet position on January 14, 1922, to become President of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) shortly after the organization’s founding.[1] He began his new job, at a $100,000 annual salary, on March 6 of that year.[2] The goal of the organization was to renovate the image of the movie industry in the wake of the scandal surrounding the alleged rape and murder of model and actress Virginia Rappe, for which film star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was accused, and amid growing calls by religious groups for federal censorship of the movies. Hiring Hays to “clean up the pictures” was, at least in part, a public relations ploy and much was made of his conservative credentials, including his roles as a Presbyterian deacon and past chairman of the Republican Party.

Hays’ main roles were to persuade individual state censor boards not to ban specific films outright and to reduce the financial impact of the boards’ cuts and edits. At that time, the studios were required by state laws to pay the censor boards for each foot of film excised and for each title card edited; in addition, studios also had the expense of duplicating and distributing separate versions of each censored film for the state or states that adhered to a particular board’s decisions.
1922 editorial cartoon by Cy Hungerford illustrating the perception that Hays was coming to rescue the movie industry.

Hays attempted to reduce studio costs (and improve the industry’s image in general) by advising individual studios on how to produce movies to reduce the likelihood that the film would be cut. Each board kept its “standards” secret (if, indeed, they had any standardization at all), so Hays was forced to intuit what would or would not be permitted by each board. At first he applied what he called “The Formula” but it was not particularly successful; from that he developed a set of guidelines he called “The Don’ts and Be Carefuls”. In general his efforts at pre-release self-censorship were unsuccessful in quieting calls for federal censorship.

Catholic bishops and lay people tended to be leery of federal censorship and favored the Hays approach of self-censorship; these included the outspoken Catholic layman Martin J. Quigley, publisher of Exhibitors Herald-World (a trade magazine for independent exhibitors). For several months in 1929, Martin Quigley, Joseph Breen, Father Daniel A. Lord S.J., Father FitzGeorge Dinneen S.J., and Father Wilfred Parsons (editor of Catholic publication America) discussed the desirability of a new and more stringent code of behavior for the movies. With the blessing of Cardinal George W. Mundelein of Chicago, Father Lord authored the code, which later became known as “The Production Code”, “The Code”, and “The Hays Code”. It was presented to Will Hays in 1930 who said, “My eyes nearly popped out when I read it. This was the very thing I had been looking for”.

The studio heads were less enthusiastic and they agreed to make The Code the rule of the industry but with many loopholes that allowed studio producers to override the Hays Office’s application of it. From 1930 to 1934, the Production Code was only slightly effective in fighting back calls for federal censorship. However, things came to a head in 1934 with widespread threats of Catholic boycotts of immoral movies as well as reduced funding by Catholic financiers such as A. P. Giannini of the Bank of America. The studios granted MPPDA full authority to enforce the Production Code on all studios, creating a relatively strict regime of self-censorship which endured for decades.

The Code was set aside in the 1960s when the MPPDA adopted the age-based rating system in force today.

“Unlike the Hays Code, the MPAA rating system rates movies after the fact, after they are made… and that is the problem! We need a self censorship in Hollywood again, that influences movies before they are – or not – made. (Christian Peschken)

It is important to note that the decade of the 1930s in film involved many significant films. Motion picture and film historians often rate 1939 as “the greatest year in the history of Hollywood”

Here a list of only a few 1939 Block Buster films:

Dark Victory, Gone With the Wind, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men,
Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights.

While the technical quality of Hollywood movies has improved over the past 80+ years, the quality of the content (defined as: moral & ethical responsible, uplifting messages) of Hollywood movies have declined.

In my opinion it is time to activate our Church once again (incl. Catholics, Protestants, Evangelical Christians, Jews, Muslims) and to say to Hollywood “Enough is Enough”.  We must repeat what Will Hays, a brave Christian man in the 30’s demonstrated to Hollywood and America, namely that:  1 Man can change to Hollywood.       

“Mr. Hays, I want to Thank You for what you tried! May God reward you for it in Heaven!” (Christian Peschken)

(Sources: Wikipedia, Lilly Library IN,)

Please view these 2 mini series that I produced and filmed with MICHAEL CUMBIE in 2011. It will tell you all about what it is the Catholic Church teaches and why she claims to be the true church that Christ himself established.