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'Schindler's List' producer too hot for Montana high school?

Published June 20, 2012 7:54 am

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Hollywood producer Gerald Molen – whose credits include the Oscar-winning "Schindler's List" and the LDS missionary story "The Other Side of Heaven" – is claiming officials scratched a commencement speech he was going to give at a Montana high school, because he's a conservative.

Molen wrote a letter to the local paper, the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., complaining that he was told he could not speak to graduating seniors at Ronan High School – but was only told after he had driven there, 90 minutes from his home in Bigfork, Mont.

Molen told The Hollywood Reporter that the reason the school officials gave for his cancelation was that he was "a right-wing conservative."

"[The principal] said some callers didn't want the kids exposed to that, despite not knowing what my message would be," Molen told The Hollywood Reporter.

Molen, an ex-Marine and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is currently producing a documentary based on right-wing author Dinesh D'Souza's controversial screed against President Barack Obama, "The Roots of Obama's Rage."