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The War on Mel Gibson
LewRockwell ^ | Gary North

Posted on 03/27/2004 9:34:37 PM PST by Cedar

The War on Mel Gibson by Gary North


I argue in my book that the media's war on The Passion of the Christ has been systematic and increasingly frantic. It is part of the overall culture war that is being waged by the Left on America specifically and the West generally. The chief theoretician of this war was the Italian Communist, Antonio Gramsci, who died in 1937. I go into this background in my book. Gramsci understood eighty years ago: Christianity is the enemy of Communist revolution. He wrote in 1921:

What remains to be done? Nothing other than to destroy the present form of civilization. In this field, 'to destroy' does not mean the same as in the economic field. It does not mean to deprive humanity of the material products that it needs to subsist and develop. It means to destroy spiritual hierarchies, prejudices, idols and ossified traditions. Conservatives and libertarians have fought an amazingly successful counter-attack over the last three decades in the area of economic theory. Socialists have been routed, both intellectually and politically. The Soviet Union went belly-up. In the battle of ideas, we have scored victory after victory.

In the culture war, however, we have been beaten again and again. On every front, we are surrounded by the enemy: in literature, television, and especially the movies.

Now, in a stunning reversal, Mel Gibson has handed us a victory so overwhelming that the Establishment media are in shock. They mounted a full-scale battle against Gibson, beginning almost as soon as he announced his plan to produce the movie. The Left unloaded on him with everything it had. The attempt failed. So far, the failure is in the $300 million range, and it is not yet Easter weekend. The movie has not yet opened in Europe, Latin America, and South Korea.

Like the guerilla officer he played in The Patriot, Mel Gibson caught the enemy with its collective pants down – which, for this particular enemy, is a familiar condition. He did this with the most appropriate weapon at his or anyone's disposal: the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

He aimed his weapon at the belly of the beast. He hit dead center. The beast hardly knows what hit it, let alone what to do about it. It is screaming. Gibson is accused of anti-Semitism. His movie has repeatedly been called pornographic because of its violence. Mexico's humanist government has rated the movie X – no children allowed. There is fear – gut-wrenching fear – in the Establishment. I say it's good for them. They deserve it.

Gibson sent the media into apoplexy as soon as he revealed his plans for The Passion. Major newspapers began doing hatchet movie reviews before Gibson even began shooting the picture. Someone stole a copy of the script and released it to selective reviewers.

Tremendous pressure was placed on Gibson to change the movie. Right up until opening day, Hollywood moguls said they would never work with him again. (They changed their tune when the movie took in $117 million in five days.)

Why? Why did Hollywood walk away from what instantly became a blockbuster? For the same reason that the studios continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars producing films that attack religion and morality: its intense hostility to Christianity and the value system it teaches.

The financial success of the movie has sent them a message: there are millions of ticket-buying patrons who do not share Hollywood's values, and who are willing to put their money where their values are. So was Gibson. This is the only reason the viewers are in a position to send Hollywood and the New York Times a message. Gibson put at risk tens of millions of dollars of his own money to fund this project. He is now a very rich man. He is going to be much richer by the time the movie goes to DVD. And then the "annuity" begins. This movie will be rented for the rest of his life, in many languages.


We should recognize The Passion for what it is: an experiment that has revealed the tip of a very large iceberg of discontent. Hollywood did not want to acknowledge that this iceberg was there. Prior to the movie's release, a supposed expert in Hollywood, one Michael Levine, told the Washington Times: "This film has all the makings of a [box office] bomb." Thank you, Mr. Levine, for your insight. You opened the window on the inner workings of Hollywood's movie-makers. Unlike their forebears in the 1930s and 1940s, they don't know what the audience wants.

Mel Gibson's victory has sounded an alarm bell: the powers that be can be transformed into the powers that were. The powers that be have heard the alarm. The question is: Have their victims also heard it?

The Sanhedrin had the Romans seal Jesus' tomb because they knew that Jesus had prophesied His resurrection in three days. The Sanhedrin feared that the disciples would steal the body and claim His resurrection. But they completely misjudged the disciples, who had all fled. It was the women who discovered the open tomb, not the disciples. The disciples were the last to know about their deliverance from bondage. Their rulers saw the great reversal coming before they did. This has not changed. But it should.

Gibson has touched a nerve. In full public view, he challenged the cultural powers that be. He beat them to a pulp in full public view. Whether he can do it again is now of major concern to Hollywood and the Establishment media.

The conservative public was given an opportunity to test its own strength of numbers. This is the first time in my lifetime that any artistically first-rate movie has challenged the Establishment's view of Christianity. This is the most important counter-offensive that we have seen in the culture war.

In Europe, the spiritual erosion process is almost complete. But the inheritor will not be Communism. Unless there is a great reversal, the inheritor will be Islam.


My book was rejected by a major Christian publishing house. The editor says it is too negative. It is not 50-50 optimism and pessimism, he said. Quite true; if you want a happy-face book for the culturally uninformed, this is not the book. It must be rewritten, he said. Not likely, I said. Hence, this offer. I would rather get the "original, uncut version" out to the hard corps.

The significance of Gibson's effort is that this is the first major cultural watershed: a counter-offensive to the mass media. This is a war. Christians who spend their money in Christian book stores (women, ages 45 to 75) have been engaged in this war at the family level, but not the mass-media level. I was unable to write a happy-face, "Jesus loves Hollywood, and has a wonderful plan for its life" book. I had to write the truth.

The truth of the culture war is that we have been losing it on all sides in the public arena. There is no way to paint a happy face on this loss. We must begin where we are: in the corner. The first step is to understand our enemies and why they have been successful.

I think there is an army of Christians out there who are sick to death – no, sick to life – of what this era's cultural masters have shoved down their throats. I am convinced that we have seen a turning point. I wrote my book accordingly. It is no happy face cheer-me-up. It is a call to a war in which we are in very late stages.

Mel Gibson has become very rich betting because of the existence of an audience that was ready to see the truth. I think this is also true of the Christian book-buying public. But the editor was not persuaded.

Download the book. Read it. Draw your own conclusion. But I warn you: I name names, quote verbatim, and take no prisoners. If that's your kind of weekend reading, download the book.

Who knows? Maybe the publisher will reconsider. I can think of some Hollywood chief executives who would like to reconsider optioning the distribution rights to The Passion of the Christ. Unlike them, the publisher still has time.

If, after reading the book, you think the publisher should reconsider, I would deeply appreciate it if you would spend 37 cents to send him a note recommending the book. I provide details on the title page. You're not in any way obligated to do this, of course. But I need a little help from my friends.

[Warning: if too many of you try to download it at once, the site may go into overload mode. The book really is there, even if the site gives you a 404 error message. Try later. Economics defines scarcity as follows: "At zero price, there is more demand than supply." This law applies to bandwidth.]

TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antoniogramsci; culturewar; garynorth; gramsci; melgibson; thepassion; thepassionmovie
I haven't read his book yet, but do agree with these opening thoughts of his.

(To download his book, go to LewRockwell link: and click on "The War on Mel Gibson" (near the top of the article).

1 posted on 03/27/2004 9:34:38 PM PST by Cedar
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To: Cedar
Saw The Passion on opening night and a second time with my nephew and niece. Will be seeing again with a large group of friends on Easter Sunday and intend on buying any dvd that will eventually come out.

Go Mel go!!!

To the face of the leftist neocons and other assorted enemies of Christ and Christianity!!!!
2 posted on 03/27/2004 9:59:00 PM PST by YoSoy2
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To: YoSoy2
"Over the last four weeks, I have written a book, The War on Mel Gibson. I have decided to give it away this weekend, but only this weekend. I will pull it off the Web on Tuesday. In short, "Download now, or forever hold your peace." Until Tuesday, you can download it here by clicking on the title:" - Gary North.

The War on Mel Gibson

Time is of the essence. Book will be available for free download until tomorrow. Download now and disseminate far and wide.

3 posted on 03/27/2004 10:11:02 PM PST by YoSoy2
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To: Cedar
Thanks for the link.
4 posted on 03/27/2004 10:11:45 PM PST by YoSoy2
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To: YoSoy2
I've also seen it twice and am waiting for the video!
5 posted on 03/27/2004 10:12:07 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: YoSoy2
Thanks for putting the link in your comment. I'm behind on the technical stuff so appreciate your doing it.
6 posted on 03/27/2004 10:16:12 PM PST by Cedar
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To: Unam Sanctam
Did you see the book download link above?

I just downloaded it and will be reading it first thing tomorrow. It will be free for download until tomorrow.
7 posted on 03/27/2004 10:17:06 PM PST by YoSoy2
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To: Cedar; YoSoy2
The war is on, guys, and the enemy is fearful!

Mel Gibsons' movie is shaking the very foundations of Hollywierd, and the perverts are running for cover.

I love it when this happens............FRegards
8 posted on 03/27/2004 10:39:04 PM PST by gonzo (Felix Navidad--------------How-the-hell did my cat get a boat??)
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To: Cedar
Thanks - I appreciate the link. The book should be a good read. Not only has our faith been under attack but our country as well. We really do need to wake up here in America. I spend a lot more time in prayer and re-reading the bible now, that's for sure.
9 posted on 03/27/2004 11:18:55 PM PST by ExposeDem
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To: Cedar
Good premise, however I believe this guy is a "Kingdom Now" preterist. He is friends with Gary Demar a full blown preterist.

Preterist believe that Christ's second coming happened in 70 AD, and that we are living in the millennial kingdom now.

They are very much Christian activist in the extreme because they believe that the final act is currently in progress. They are also notoriously anti-Israel, because they believe Israel is cursed and no longer on God's agenda. Thus they don't support America's stand on supporting Israel. That is just the tip of the iceberg regarding their issues.

In my opinion, we cannot be in the millennial kingdom because Satan will be chained during Christ's 1,000 year reign. If this is the millennium, Satan's chain is far to long. Also I invest little stock in theological scholar's views on Israel from before 1948 when they pontificate on Israel's position with God. Martin Luther's anti-semetic sentiments were because he didn't take the Bible literal enough, because God regathered the Jews (Israelis) as a nation back in the land in 1948 exactly as He said He would.

God Bless you.

10 posted on 03/27/2004 11:31:26 PM PST by bondserv (Alignment is critical!)
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To: Cedar
I put this link up constantly, because it is so good and so many people haven't seen this article yet because the mod moved it to chat.

Why does Hollywood hate the Passion?

The reason is because the Jesus depicted in the movie “The Passion of The Christ” is not the Jesus of the 21st century.

"The Passion is a visual depiction of the Jesus of the New Testament. This Jesus is not acceptable these days. I saw the movie the other night. Now I understand why the critics have labeled it as controversial. They do not want a suffering Jesus; they want a Hollywood Jesus.

"Mel Gibson is taking heat in the Hollywood community because he produced a movie about the wrong Jesus, a Jesus who willingly chose to undergo suffering and to go to the cross."

Here is the link to the rest of the article
11 posted on 03/27/2004 11:40:28 PM PST by I still care
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To: Cedar
Thanks for posting this, I've passed this on to my email list. I've been reading this, it is a very good book. Hope we can help him get it published.

I'm going to pass this on to the 700Club and TBN.

12 posted on 03/28/2004 12:45:49 PM PST by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: shield
Thanks for posting this, I've passed this on to my email list. I've been reading this, it is a very good book. Hope we can help him get it published.

I'm going to pass this on to the 700Club and TBN.

I don't believe the 700Club will promote North's book for reason's I outlined in post 10. That is not to say I disagree with all of his positions.

Beware of being sucked into the "Kingdom Now" agenda promoted by North and Demar! We are still in the age of grace, where the sword of the word is not being shoved down peoples throats. Christ will handle that literally in His real second coming.

Rev 19:11-16
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

13 posted on 03/28/2004 6:59:43 PM PST by bondserv (Alignment is critical!)
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