Saturday, February 21, 2004
Quick point on anti-Semitism and Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ": I've been watching some of the TV reporting and listening to some talk radio where various individuals have been discussing "The Passion." The concern that has been raised is that the movie may create anti-Semitic feeling and lead to violence against Jews.
I haven't seen the film, but this claim is hogwash.
Most Christians nowadays -- especially in the United States -- aren't anti-Semitic. (And the Christians that are anti-Semitic aren't very devoted Christians.)
There is a rise in anti-Semitism in the world, but it is liberal secularists in Europe and radical Muslims that are the source of it. This movie will do nothing to sway the beliefs of those two groups -- should they even see it.