Moral Watchdogs Bark to Attorney General About <i>Hounddog</i> reports that two Christian conservative pundits have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales imploring him to prosecute the makers of the controversial Dakota Fanning movie Hounddog.

Hounddog gained notoriety at this year's Sundance Film Festival due to a simulated rape scene featuring the 12-year-old Fanning.

The letter, written by Ted Baehr and Larry Klayman — the respective founders of MovieGuide and Judicial Watch — proposes that the film violates the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, the Child Pornography Prevention Act and the PROTECT Act.

"I am aware that there is an outcry from some who find the content of the film disturbing and distasteful," North Carolina district attorney Rex Gore told World Net News after the movie’s Sundance screening. "However, public opinion is not the test we must apply as prosecutors; we must apply the law. North Carolina's child exploitation statutes do not apply because none of the acts depicted in the film meet the legal definition of 'sexual activity' under our current law."

The letter to Gonzales insists that the film is guilty of containing "an obscene visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct," and therefore all those involved in its making should be "prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

The letter further accuses North Carolina prosecutors of not investigating the legality of the film due to "a desire of the State of North Carolina to lure the film industry to the state and promote and enhance the economy."

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