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Jewish columnist marvels at the continuing vitriol aimed at Mel Gibson

Why is there such knee-jerk hatred of Mel Gibson? Is it because he can never be forgiven for making an incredible success of The Passion of the Christ?

Or can there be redemption?

It would seem not, considering the chorus of repudiation following Gibson’s announcement that he will be doing a movie on one of Judaism’s greatest heroes — Judas Macabbeus. So, why is such vitriol directed at Gibson?

“There are certainly plenty of places in the world to find dangerous, theologically embedded anti-Semitism,” writes Jewish commentator David Harsanyi — acknowledging that a drunken Gibson said some pretty horrific things to a Jewish traffic cop several years ago.

“Sure, Gibson’s words were ugly,” writes Harsanyi. ”But if a Polish director who drugged and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old can cast stars in his films, find funding and win Oscars, why not Mel? If Jeff Spicoli can buddy up with a fleshy two-bit dictator and continue to find work, why not Mel? If Al Sharpton — a man whose vile and consequential anti-Semitism has incited violence, destruction and social unrest — has a TV show funded by NBC, why not Mel?”

Actually the Jewish community has a rare opportunity, notes Harsanyi:

As strange as it seems, artistically speaking, the Jews could use Gibson on this one. The story of Hanukkah isn’t only the tale of miraculous candles and Christmas envy, you know. It’s about slaying unarmed Hellenistic interlopers and taking names (afterward). It is about populist Jewish rebellion, the unsheathing of theocratic swords and the struggle for freedom (Jewish freedom, anyway). Surely, this kind of material can’t be entrusted to some hand-wringing, weak-kneed director who will slather his Jewish liberal sensibilities all over history. Have you seen Steven Spielberg’s “Munich“? No, we need crazy on this.

Charles Dickens, Edmund Burke, Virginia Woolf and Edgar Degas, to name very few, had some bad words for the Jews on occasion. But we can put these things in perspective. You can love the art (or whatever this movie will be classified as) and believe that the creator might be in need of psychiatric help or even that he might just be a bad guy. There are limits, of course, but if I stopped watching actors and directors who spewed absurdity, I would have, for instance, missed the entire Jason Bourne series.

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Ash

posted September 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm


Because of the hypocrisy of it. Al Sharpton is not turning around and making a show about Hanukkah after talking bad about Jews. Mel Gibson is doing just that. So, writer, he has made himself a fair target.

The people you named did terrible things, but they are trying to gain redemption from us through a ridiculously hypocritical gesture.



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Jim Brill, VA

posted September 16, 2011 at 10:35 am


The “Jewish” columnist you cite is actually a Jew for Jesus- i.e., a Protestant fundamentalist



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    Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

    posted September 16, 2011 at 10:50 am


    Please cite your sources. Consider http://www.trueknowledge.com/q/what_is_david_harsanyi's_religion — But regardless of whether he is or not — and he does not appear to have announced one way or another — then there is the question of what does it mean to be a Jew? In the horrors of the holocaust, the storm troopers didn’t care where you worshipped — if your grandparents were Jewish, so were you.



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Daniel

posted September 17, 2011 at 12:52 am


I object to the notion that Gibson wants to make a “Jewish” movie, if Jewish means Talmudic. The Catholic Church considers itself the new Israel and considers Old Testament Jews spiritual ancestors of Catholics. It is entirely appropriate that a Catholic, and not a Talmudist, wants to make a film about the Maccabees.

“Beware of those who call themselves Jews, but are not. They are the Synagogue of Satan.”

Talmudic Jews are not the spiritual descendants of Old Testament Jews. They are the spiritual descendents of the pharisees who murdered Jesus, and who later composed the Talmud.

That I have to point these elementary truths out on a website which purports to be interested in Catholicism is pretty laughable, but also scary.



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Barbara

posted September 17, 2011 at 8:45 am


Hatred? No,no,no it is jealousy on their part and that is a form of flattery. Why hate Mel? That’s silly but people have to hate something and so it seems to be Mel. Go on and hate the guy he is relishing in the attention and going forward..while you all stand/sit and hate.



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Mary

posted September 17, 2011 at 9:06 am


I being a Catholic cant understand the still hatred of Jews..WE all know they crucified Jesus but rememeber so did the Romans.Mel is a sick man and needs help, but passion of Christ is the best movie ever made. Jesus said himself ” forgive someone even if its seventy times seven a day. mel has said he was sorry.
There is to much in this world to pray about then worrying about one mans mental problems all we can do is pray for him.
God Bless us all
mary



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john paul

posted September 17, 2011 at 10:14 am


Allow me to respond to Daniel’s anti-Semitic comment. He asserts “Talmudic Jews are not the spiritual descendants of Old Testament Jews. They are the spiritual descendents of the pharisees who murdered Jesus, and who later composed the Talmud.”

Crucifixion was a Roman, not Biblical/Talmudic means of execution. Jesus was viewed by occupying power Rome as a political threat, and therefore killed him.
Some of their priestly lackeys, known as Sadducees- like quislings everywhere- went along. When the Temple was destroyed, the Sadducees ceased to exist.
The Pharisees, being out of power, had nothing to do with any of this. But traditional supremacist Church teaching blamed them anyone – and persecuted Jews accordingly- because of the standing refutation which the continued existence of the Jews and their rejection of Jesus, posed to Christian theological claims.



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MARY

posted September 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm


WHY ALL THE HATRED?? MEL GIBSON SAID SOME AWFUL THINGS BUT THE WORDS CANNOT BE TAKEN BACK SO LET’S GET ON WITH LIFE. IF HE CAN MAKE MOVIES LIKE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” WHICH DEPICTS THE HORROR OF WHAT JESUS WENT THRU BETTER THAN ANYONE HAS DONE SO FAR, LET HIM MAKE THE MOVIES..BY THE WAY, WASN’T JESUS A JEW??? I FOR ONE DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT HATE JEWS.. IN FACT, I DON’T HATE ANYONE BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT I DO NOT APPROVE OF(INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT)



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