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ARTICLES AND ESSAYS The Godmakers Examined Introduction Randall A. Mac key The Godmakers, which was first shown in 1983, was produced largely through the efforts of Edward Decker, who is currently international director of Saints Alive in Jesus. The film took three years to make at a cost of approximately $250,000. To pay for the film, Decker personally borrowed $65,000, obtained $50,000 from a group of investors and raised the remaining amount from donations. According to one typical advertisement that appeared in New Life Magazine (Aug. 1983), "This hard-hitting film unmasks the myth of Mormonism from family home evening through the actual secret temple rituals." Another recent advertisement discloses that "This controversial film peels back the mask of lies to expose today's most respectable yet deceitful and fastest growing cult." Decker, a Mormon for twenty years before asking to be excommunicated in 1976, claims that the film is now'shown to about 200,000 people per month. It has been shown most often in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, and New Mexico; but efforts were being made by so-called ministry teams as of the summer of 1984 to show the film in other states — particularly in communities where there are significant numbers of Mormons. In addition, the film has been shown in England, Finland, and several South American countries. A sequel to this film entitled The Temple of the Godmakers was released in the summer of 1984. The film has created considerable religious controversy in many of the communities where it has been shown. It has been denounced both by Church members and by persons outside the Church. One knowledgeable Mormon, Truman G. Madsen, has described the film as "religious pornography" (Arizona Republic, 12 Nov. 1983). A well-known leader of the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith, after having viewed the film several times, concluded : "I sincerely hope that people of all faiths will similarly repudiate 'The Godmakers' as defamatory and untrue, and recognize it for what it truly represents — a challenge to the religious liberty of all" (Statement by Rhonda M.