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Mel Gibson link to Aussie anti-Semitic group
Melbourne Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | 06AUG06 | LINCOLN WRIGHT

Posted on 08/05/2006 3:42:51 PM PDT by familyop

MEL Gibson once had close links to the Australian League of Rights, a Far Right group notorious for its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. The league claims the world is run by a secret society of Jews.

The Hollywood star's foray into Far Right activist politics in Australia occurred in 1987 when he campaigned for a friend, Rob Taylor, who stood unsuccessfully for the northern Victorian federal seat of Indi.

Charles Pinwill, a former Queensland state director of the League of Rights, said he knew Gibson's father, Hutton, and said Gibson was interested in the league's ideas.

"They were never members of the league, no. But we never really recruited members, just support. (Mel and Hutton) were interested in some of our ideas," Mr Pinwill said.

"His dad had politically similar ideas to me. His dad had a well-considered philosophy, he thought things through.

"I knew (Mr Taylor) was a friend of Mel's. Mel's not really a political animal, he's interested in spiritual things."

Several of Gibson's Hollywood friends have defended the star, saying he is a "different person" when he is drinking, but they do not believe he is anti-Semitic.

Actor Jodie Foster said that while she did not believe drunkenness excused hurtful remarks, she doubted claims Gibson was prejudiced against Jews.

"Is he an anti-Semite? Absolutely not," Foster said.

"But it's no secret that he has always fought a terrible battle with alcoholism."

Movie producer Dean Devlin, who is Jewish, said he considered Gibson one of his best friends in Hollywood

"If Mel is an anti-Semite, then he spends a lot of time with us, which makes no sense," Devlin said.

"But he is an alcoholic and while that makes no excuse for what he said, because there is no excuse, I believe it was the disease speaking, not the man.

"I have been with Mel when he has fallen off and he becomes a completely different person.

"It is pretty horrifying."

Gibson is in trouble after being arrested in Malibu for drunk driving. At the time of his arrest, he railed against Jews as the cause of all the world's wars.

That sparked a backlash against the star's credibility in Hollywood and throughout the world. Gibson apologised -- twice -- for his comments, but has struggled to distance himself from a reputation as a conservative with Far Right views on Jews and homosexuals.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: australia; australian; charles; denial; gibson; holocaust; league; mel; melgibson; neonazi; of; passion; pinwill; plays; rights; rob; taylor
It seem to me that the following information should be more of an issue regarding Mel. But the propaganda situation of the matter compares more to that of women's fondness for Pierre Trudeau in Canada: no logic allowed.

Gibson inspired by 'fear-mongering' Bush (Flashback: Gibson Part of Hollywood Bush Hate Contingent)
Yahoo ^ | May 12, 2006

Posted on 07/31/2006 12:00:03 PM PDT by MikeA

Film star and director Mel Gibson has launched a scathing attack on US President George W Bush, comparing his leadership to the barbaric rulers of the Mayan civilisation in his new film Apocalypto.

The epic, due for release later this year, captures the decline of the Maya kingdom and the slaughter of thousands of inhabitants as human sacrifices in a bid to save the nation from collapsing.


Gibson reveals he used present day American politics as an inspiration, claiming the government callously plays on the nation's insecurities to maintain power.

He tells British film magazine Hotdog, "The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys".




Apocalypto Now (Mel's next film)
timeonline ^ | 3/27/2006 Issue | TIM PADGETT


Posted on 03/20/2006 5:30:25 AM PST by Dark Skies

"Gibson, who insists ideology matters less to him than stories of 'penitential hardship' like his Oscar-winning Braveheart, puts it more bluntly: 'The fearmongering we depict in this film reminds me a little of President Bush and his guys.'"


1 posted on 08/05/2006 3:42:54 PM PDT by familyop
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To: familyop

My tagline applies to the issue, BTW. Don't forget to see comment #1.



2 posted on 08/05/2006 3:45:03 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop

No doubt Mel has issues ... but you know what? This story is getting old, fast. Of all the things going on ... there are more IMPORTANT events occurring out there.


3 posted on 08/05/2006 3:45:51 PM PDT by nmh
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To: familyop

Hillary hates Jews too. Can we spend a little time on that?


4 posted on 08/05/2006 3:46:09 PM PDT by digger48
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To: familyop

Anti-Semitism is a hallmark of the far-left, not the far-right. The Right supports Israel and is pro-Jewish.


5 posted on 08/05/2006 3:46:16 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: digger48
"Hillary hates Jews too. Can we spend a little time on that?"

...certainly! See comment #1 for more that they have in common. Granted, Hillary might not publicly call our efforts in the War on Terror "fearmongering," but she thinks it and would execute policy from that mindset.
6 posted on 08/05/2006 3:50:18 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop
Australian League of Rights

Not much doubt about them.

7 posted on 08/05/2006 3:51:52 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: nmh
"This story is getting old, fast. Of all the things going on ... there are more IMPORTANT events occurring out there."

I agree with that, BTW. But look at the numbers of viewers drawn to posts about Mel! It's good for Free Republic, IMO!
8 posted on 08/05/2006 3:54:45 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop; All

From all the hype about Mel's "rant", I thought the title of Mel's next, latest, soon-to-be-finished movie was something like:

"Schindler's List #2: Let's Get This Party Started !!"

(....sarcasm off thingee goes in this spot.....)


9 posted on 08/05/2006 3:54:51 PM PDT by musicman
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To: nmh
This story is getting old, fast. Of all the things going on ... there are more IMPORTANT events occurring out there.

The fact that the idiot running Iran wants a nuke so he can exterminate Jews isn't getting as much airplay as the comments of a drunken actor. That's sad but even sadder is the obvious dishonesty of some who are madder that Gibson spoke some kind of blaspheme against the president. The politics of personal destruction are no longer the domain of the democratic party.

As Jackie Mason says "Look at the glee".

Jackie Mason interview
10 posted on 08/05/2006 3:56:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: familyop
It seems to me that since Mel Gibson's second apology, the people that are doing the most complaining about him being antisemitic aren't Jews.
Since he doesn't hold an office as an elected official, we can't keep this nagging of the subject up indefinitely.
Unless someone can come up with pictures of him, Senator Byrd and David Duke all together dancing around a burning cross (did someone say Photoshop challenge) let it go.
11 posted on 08/05/2006 3:57:32 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: cripplecreek

Right on, cripplecreek!

It's amazing isn't it.


12 posted on 08/05/2006 3:58:32 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: familyop
The league claims the world is run by a secret society of Jews

It's run by knomes!


It's the knomes I tell ya!

13 posted on 08/05/2006 3:59:46 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: familyop; cripplecreek
I just stopped by at FR and saw it.


As cripplecreek mentioned, I', more concerned about the nut job in Iran getting nuclear bombs than this tripe.
14 posted on 08/05/2006 4:00:16 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Dixie Yooper

Yes, I would say the righteous indignation is pretty selective.


15 posted on 08/05/2006 4:00:22 PM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: familyop
Granted, Hillary might not publicly call our efforts in the War on Terror "fearmongering,"

She has more than once, but I am to lazy to track down the quotes. She was defending the Democrat's version of "Patriotism" (which happened to be questioning the POTUS every decision.)

16 posted on 08/05/2006 4:04:15 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: jackv
The MSM will be bringing this up for months, and in the same breath will be talking about the war crimes Israel is committing by bombing terrorists.
17 posted on 08/05/2006 4:05:30 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: cripplecreek
"That's sad but even sadder is the obvious dishonesty of some who are madder that Gibson spoke some kind of blaspheme against the president."

Let's have a look at Mel's comment on that (as quoted from one of the news sources in comment #1).

"The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys."

We were aware of similar opinions from Clooney and his friends. We were deceived about Mel's opinion against US defense in the War on Terror. It's news to most of us. In my opinion, his credibility level with Republicans should be filed with that of Michael Moore.
18 posted on 08/05/2006 4:11:01 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop

Fortunately I couldn't care less about his credibility with the almighty republicrats.


19 posted on 08/05/2006 4:14:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Dixie Yooper

"The MSM will be bringing this up for months, and in the same breath will be talking about the war crimes Israel is committing by bombing terrorists."


Exactly! And I haven't heard even ONE republican mention hillary's similar FJB comment.


20 posted on 08/05/2006 4:18:46 PM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: familyop


In response to your posting this thread I gag!


21 posted on 08/05/2006 4:27:28 PM PDT by Paperdoll (........Washington Staters, Vote for McGavick!)
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To: nmh
You mean that there are other jew-haters are out there doing bad things? Hmmmm...I don't recall reading anything about that. All I've read in the press lately is the inhuman cruelty of Israel in their war of aggression in Lebanon and the completely unprovoked barbarism of their military. </sarc>
22 posted on 08/05/2006 4:33:16 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Yeah, I've got an axe to grind...what else would you use on Leftists?)
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To: familyop
I agree completely. Ya know..he's an actor. Who really cares about his opinion? I guess the thing that annoys me..is that a great number of the Hollywood loving public will listen..just as they did with Moore. And that is very sad.
23 posted on 08/05/2006 4:36:52 PM PDT by berdie
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To: nmh
"As cripplecreek mentioned, I', more concerned about the nut job in Iran getting nuclear bombs than this tripe."

Moscow slams US sanctions on its arms exporters
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1678478/posts
24 posted on 08/05/2006 4:48:57 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: berdie

Free Mel.


25 posted on 08/05/2006 4:50:20 PM PDT by notigar
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To: familyop

Yeah, Russia likes $$$$!

And so does China and France and Germany ... .


26 posted on 08/05/2006 4:55:24 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

No ;) according to the LEFT, it's ONLY Mel.


27 posted on 08/05/2006 4:56:43 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: cripplecreek

Well, if Jackie Mason, Lapin and David Horowitz are satisfied then it oughta be good enough for anyone reasonable.

Now when Hollywood confronts it's own anti-Christian animus (i hate the codeword bigotry) then I'll truly be impressed.


28 posted on 08/05/2006 4:57:39 PM PDT by wardaddy (I have undergone Harpie detox, it was very tough but well worth it)
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To: jackv
"I haven't heard even ONE republican mention hillary's similar FJB comment"

It's way too early to start mud slinging, even if she never stopped doing it since the last election.
Her followers are going to vote for her regardless of what hideous facts come out about her. The switch over voters are the ones that will be turned off by volleys flying back and forth enough to vote for an independent.
29 posted on 08/05/2006 5:48:44 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: familyop

30 posted on 08/05/2006 6:00:12 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: berdie

The people Moore supported "lost".


31 posted on 08/05/2006 7:53:28 PM PDT by muawiyah (-/sarcasm)
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To: cripplecreek

The amti-Jewish, anti-American, schismatic Catholic must be defended, because .... (he's a drunk)


32 posted on 08/05/2006 9:01:53 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: familyop

bttt


33 posted on 08/05/2006 10:46:18 PM PDT by nopardons
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