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James Dobson Lends Support to Mel Gibson
AP via AOL ^ | Aug. 11 06 | AP

Posted on 08/12/2006 9:02:24 AM PDT by churchillbuff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 11) - Focus on the Family ministry founder James Dobson spoke in support Thursday of Mel Gibson and his film, "The Passion of the Christ," saying Gibson's drunken tirade during a traffic stop had nothing to do with "one of the finest films of this era."

Gibson, 50, was arrested for drunken driving Aug. 1 in Malibu, Calif., and launched an anti-Semitic rant toward the arresting deputy. Gibson reportedly said, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asked him, "Are you a Jew?"

Dobson said in a statement that "we certainly do not condone that racially insensitive outburst," but added "Mel has apologized profusely for the incident and there the matter should rest."

"Mel has also indicated his willingness to seek help to overcome his alcoholism, and has asked the Jewish community for forgiveness," Dobson said. "What more can he do?"

Gibson has had a troubled relationship with Jewish organizations since his violent 2004 blockbuster about the crucifixion, which some criticized for portraying Jews as responsible for Jesus' death. Supporters, including Dobson, say the movie followed the Gospel story.

"Our endorsement of it stands as originally stated. We did not believe it was anti-Semitic in 2004, and our views have not changed," Dobson said


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: barf; fotf; lackslogic; melgibson; thepassion
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To: Mashood
>>>>I think Mel has an identity crisis.

All actors enjoy being the center of attention and most of the time no harm done. I think Mel Gibson lives on the edge. This time Mel stepped way over that edge and his actions won't ever go away. For the rest of Gibson`s life, he will be known first and foremost as, an anti-Semite.

21 posted on 08/12/2006 9:46:27 AM PDT by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't support amnesty and conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Grandma2

He followed "supplemental material" that was well accepted in the Roman Catholic church. Evangelicals view most of this stuff as speculative at best.


22 posted on 08/12/2006 9:49:17 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: churchillbuff
Image hosted by Photobucket.com way i see it, Christ killed himself and his executioners merely the instrument...

his mission in life was to die for our sins.

he delivered himself unto them Judas not withstanding, because he KNEW he was going to his death when he gave himself up.

Gods' Love...

23 posted on 08/12/2006 9:49:33 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Reagan Man

Probably so. He needs not only help for his drinking, but also for who he is. He hasn't figured that out yet(you'd think by 50 he'd get it). I wish him well and prayers.


24 posted on 08/12/2006 9:52:06 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: Mashood

Mel is just one of the many troubled people in the world today. I wish him all the best too.


25 posted on 08/12/2006 9:54:58 AM PDT by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't support amnesty and conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: xzins
I am from a long line of freedom fighters .So count me out . But we fought for freedom and equality for all, not special privileges . I think all people have the right to liberty ,but I also equally believe in right of association that our Constitution granted us . This new freedom isn't freedom at all but tyranny and abuse of our moral values and culture .
This nation was based on Judea Christian laws taken from Bible . The Ten Commandments were on all our walls, not voo doo or any other religion's .
26 posted on 08/12/2006 9:57:10 AM PDT by Grandma2
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To: Reagan Man
I agree, but most other troubled people don't have his influence Mel has . Also most people don't have the time to study and know the difference between fiction and fact .So they believe a lie and ,imo, are damned because of a cult member with mental problems .

I had to point out to my grandkids all the falsehoods in this movie . Some people actually think this movie is gospel !
27 posted on 08/12/2006 10:03:43 AM PDT by Grandma2
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To: churchillbuff
"one of the finest films of this era."

I will have to take your word Jimmy Boy on that. This Christian has never seen the Passion of Christ. I like to get my religion straight and as unfiltered as a English speaking man can get it and that is from the King James Version. As far as all these people defending Mel Gibson, I just don't get it. Gibson seems a pretty typical Hollywood type. I would tend to believe what some people say drunk may be more reflective of the inner self than what they say sober. I cannot defend what he said, but on the other hand I will not condemn him. So what if Mel Gibson is an anti-semite in a Hollywood that is predominantly anti-Christian.Not since Roy, Hoppy, and Gene have I looked to Hollywood for any type of moral instruction. Politically, morally, and spiritually Hollywood and most of its inhabitants are living in lala land and public hand wringing over Gibson by a man who has the public stature of James Dobson is quite curious to say the least.

28 posted on 08/12/2006 10:20:56 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: churchillbuff

He was great as Scotty on 'Star Trek!'


29 posted on 08/12/2006 10:21:43 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: xzins

My Mother was from Texas. She hated Mexicans.


30 posted on 08/12/2006 10:24:31 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: churchillbuff

I support Mel Gibson too....sh!t happens...and it happened to Mel...live and learn...Mel


31 posted on 08/12/2006 10:26:16 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Reagan Man
As a Christian I have to look at forgiveness from God's point of view. Once you have Him to forgive you that sin is no longer remember by Him.

Keep in mind that I am talking about someone that is truly sorry.
32 posted on 08/12/2006 10:28:59 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: churchillbuff

This story is becoming yesterday's news, finally. Meantime who is talking about Robin Williams and his 2-year relaspse into alcoholism and treatment now in rehab? I can imagine he's said some colorful and offensive things while drunk, and he says them when he's sober too!


33 posted on 08/12/2006 10:32:34 AM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: churchillbuff

James Dobson Lends Support to Mel Gibson...

but stands firm on his hatred of Tinky Winky and disgust at SpongeBob Squarepants.


34 posted on 08/12/2006 10:34:20 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: durasell

That wasn't Dobson...FYI.


35 posted on 08/12/2006 10:39:25 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

ooops. my mistake.


36 posted on 08/12/2006 10:40:22 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: Reagan Man

"For the rest of Gibson`s life, he will be known first and foremost as, an anti-Semite."

Maybe by people like you, but not by me.


37 posted on 08/12/2006 10:41:50 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Biblebelter

Anyone who makes a fetish of a single bible translation must be taken with not a grain, but a pound of salt.


38 posted on 08/12/2006 10:43:09 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Reagan Man

For the rest of Gibson`s life, he will be known first and foremost as, an anti-Semite.




I remain hopeful that he'll do something else that will far overshadow the thing on PCH.


39 posted on 08/12/2006 10:45:48 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine
Spongebob-o-phobia was exclusively James Dobson. The fervor over Tinky-Winky, however, was caused by Jerry Falwell.
40 posted on 08/12/2006 10:53:32 AM PDT by Prodn2000
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