The makers of The Ten, an upcoming comedy based on the Ten Commandments, needed a ventriloquist’s dummy for a segment in which Winona Ryder takes a stolen dummy — or “hard figure”, as those in the ventriloquism business call it — and has sex with it. Their first choice was a dummy produced by The Dummy Works in Texas. It turned out the proprietors are Christians involved in various ventriloquism ministries. The dummy makers turned the movie down. The New York Times has all the details.