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Mel Gibson's 'Passion' Draws New Attacks and Support
NewsMax.com ^ | 6/25/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 06/25/2003 5:10:42 PM PDT by kattracks

Without having seen the movie, Anti-Defamation League of America continues to insist that Mel Gibson's "The Passion" could be "replete with objectionable elements that would promote anti-Semitism."

ADL admitted Tuesday that its complaint was based on a study of an early version of the screenplay. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has apologized to Gibson for making similar attacks based on the stolen draft, which later underwent many revisions.

ADL stated that director and co-writer Gibson and his colleagues "must complement their artistic vision with sound scholarship, which includes knowledge of how the passion accounts have been used historically to disparage and attack Jews and Judaism. Absent such scholarly and theological understanding, productions such as 'The Passion' could likely falsify history and fuel the animus of those who hate Jews."

Gibson earlier stated: "To be certain, neither I nor my film are anti-Semitic. Nor do I hate anybody - certainly not the Jews."

ADL spokesman Myrna Shinbaum said the group issued its first official public statement on the subject Tuesday in response to repeated inquiries from the media.

'We Haven't Seen It,' but ...

"When these kind of issues are raised and we feel concern, we speak out even before the film has been made," she said. "We haven't seen it yet, so we can't speak to the film itself.

Catholic League president William Donohue today issued a response to ADL:

"In its news release of June 24, the ADL seriously misrepresented the position of the Catholic bishops regarding ‘The Passion.’ It said that it had ‘joined with the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in April, 2003 to assemble Jewish and Catholic scholars to evaluate an early version of the movie’s screenplay.’ It then said it welcomed the remarks by the Catholic scholars. But what it didn’t say is telling.

"The ADL did not say that the Catholic panel was unauthorized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Nor did it say that the USCCB has since apologized to Mel Gibson for reviewing a movie it hasn’t seen. Nor did it say that the script was stolen. Nor did it say that both the ADL and the USCCB have returned the stolen screenplay to Gibson’s Icon Productions.

"One person who has seen the movie, and has translated it into Aramaic and Latin, is Jesuit Father William J. Fulco, a National Endowment for the Humanities professor of ancient Mediterranean studies at Loyola Marymount University. He not only insists that the ADL has nothing to worry about — ‘there is no hint of deicide’ — he also says that the specific concerns raised by the ADL are baseless. Is there brutality in the film? Yes. Indeed, it would be historically dishonest to portray the crucifixion in a non-violent manner.

"Every Sunday Catholics recite the 1,700-year-old Nicene Creed, and every time they do they mention that Jesus was ‘crucified under Pontius Pilate.’ They do not say Jesus was killed by the Romans. Nor do they say He was killed by the Jews. They individualize the guilt. That anti-Semitic Christians have sought to blame ‘the Jews’ deserves condemnation. But fairness dictates that Gibson not be put in that camp. As he has said, ‘Neither I nor my film is anti-Semitic.’ That’s good enough for the Catholic League and, we trust, for fair-minded Americans of every religion.”



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1 posted on 06/25/2003 5:10:42 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
All this publicity is going to ensure that The Passion is going to be Mel's greatest movie ever.

Since he is too tactful to do it himself, I thus tender grateful thanks to the ADL for their poodle-yapping, irritating, molehill-to-mountain making, self-serving attempts to create a controversy where none perviously existed and thus will most likely be responsible for dumping huge amount of money into Gibson's coffers.

Thanks guys!!!
2 posted on 06/25/2003 5:17:03 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: kattracks
Lots of good promo for Mel - I always liked him, but all the more when I heard that someone asked him when he was going to quit smoking and he said, "When Clinton stops lieing."
3 posted on 06/25/2003 5:20:51 PM PDT by trebb
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To: kattracks
What the screaming left-wing radicals hate the most ----

TRUTH

and Gibson's movie simply tells the TRUTH!
4 posted on 06/25/2003 5:21:02 PM PDT by steplock ( http://www.spadata.com)
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To: RicksWar45
Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth to what you say...
6 posted on 06/25/2003 6:13:27 PM PDT by bob808
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To: RicksWar45
But Liberty Forum does not censor the non-PC crowd.

You're funny

Theres a difference netween PC and Stupidity and the people who run this forum can tell the difference

You got something to say ? say it! if not dont slam the post because of fright!

7 posted on 06/25/2003 6:22:57 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK ("Did you have a good world when you died? Enough to base a movie on?.")
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To: RicksWar45
I wandered over and took a look.

No thanks. Too weird for me.

FReepers are insane enough. I will stay with the lunatics I know.
8 posted on 06/25/2003 6:29:17 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: Ronin; Anthem; Northern Yankee; HISSKGB; Lee'sGhost; Salvation; votelife; aruanan; ...
Going to be a loooong ten months before this film is released. Take a look at this from the JTA:

‘Passions’ rise before Gibson film on death of Jesus hits the screen

Never heard of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich before. I suspect we will be hearing a lot more about her--and every other Catholic who said something Politically Incorrect 300 years ago.

9 posted on 06/25/2003 7:05:39 PM PDT by DPB101 (In 2002, The New York Times ran a total of 2,867 corrections.)
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To: Ronin
This is the height of self important idiocy. I suggest that the ADL shut the @$*&^ up.
10 posted on 06/25/2003 7:22:50 PM PDT by Burkeman1
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To: DPB101; kstewskis; kattracks; MozartLover; Iowa Granny; Victoria Delsoul
Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich wrote about the passion of Jesus.

It inspired Mel Gibson to research further on the Passion, and then to start the wheels in motion to get this film off the ground!

Keep the faith!

11 posted on 06/25/2003 8:03:50 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom.... needs a soldier !)
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To: Northern Yankee
Thanks for the info, NY.
12 posted on 06/25/2003 8:15:20 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Northern Yankee; DPB101
Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich wrote about the passion of Jesus. It inspired Mel Gibson to research further on the Passion, and then to start the wheels in motion to get this film off the ground!

I had never heard of Sr. Ann Catherine Emmerick, or The 15 Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden before I heard them mentioned by Mel Gibson in the making of this movie.

Since this past lent, when more information about the movie came out, it has sent me on a beginning of a personal journey into a deeper understanding of The Passion. What a terrific gift!

13 posted on 06/25/2003 8:36:30 PM PDT by kstewskis (Mel!! YOU INSPIRE ME!)
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To: Ronin
Since he is too tactful to do it himself, I thus tender grateful thanks to the ADL for their poodle-yapping, irritating, molehill-to-mountain making, self-serving attempts to create a controversy where none perviously existed and thus will most likely be responsible for dumping huge amount of money into Gibson's coffers.

LOL!!! Amen to that!

14 posted on 06/25/2003 8:37:31 PM PDT by kstewskis (Mel!! YOU INSPIRE ME!)
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To: kattracks
I had the pleasure of meeting actor Jim Caviezel last month at our annual Right to Life fundraiser - Jim portrays Jesus in the movie - he asked for lots of prayers for all those involved The Passion. He said to expect a lot of criticism and lies from people who will judge the movie without ever seeing it; people who cannot deal with the fact that the Jews were instrumental in putting Christ to death. He also said that he fully expects to be ostracized by Hollywood for his role in this Mel Gibson production. I was really floored by his humility, sensitivity and sincerity. (He is also the most handsome guy I have ever laid eyes on...)
15 posted on 06/25/2003 8:55:49 PM PDT by Joan912 (mmmmmm, Bacardi Silver...)
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To: kattracks
The funny things is, unless Gibosn changes his plans, except for a handful of theologians, no one is going to watch this movie. He insists the movie will be in Aramaic and Latin, with no subtitles. (A handful, since "Christian" theologians today are often more familiar with Marx' Das Capital than with the N.T.)
16 posted on 06/25/2003 9:31:35 PM PDT by mrustow (no tag)
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To: mrustow
The funny things is, unless Gibosn changes his plans, except for a handful of theologians, no one is going to watch this movie.

LOL, and a large number of Freepers who will be lining up to see it. Or wait for the DVD. Have you read the previous posts in the last few months? There is lots of enthusiasm out there. Especially with some of the "negative" publicity thanks to the ADL, et al...many people will go to see it just out of curiosity.

You might be underestimating the power of this subject matter, no matter what language it's presented in. This will attract a world wide audience, not just from the confines of we in the US and our small little world.

Time will tell ;)

17 posted on 06/25/2003 10:03:23 PM PDT by kstewskis (Mel!! YOU INSPIRE ME!)
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To: Joan912
He also said that he fully expects to be ostracized by Hollywood for his role in this Mel Gibson production.

Probably why no domestic distributor has signed up.

18 posted on 06/25/2003 10:19:02 PM PDT by DPB101
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To: fripper
They want him to denounce his father. For starters. It never ends.
21 posted on 06/25/2003 11:32:34 PM PDT by DPB101
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