Skip to comments.Mel Gibson's 'Passion' Draws New Attacks and Support
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 movies screenplay. It then said it welcomed the remarks by the Catholic scholars. But what it didnt 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 hasnt 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 Gibsons 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. Thats good enough for the Catholic League and, we trust, for fair-minded Americans of every religion.
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!
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.
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!
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!
LOL!!! Amen to that!
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 ;)
Probably why no domestic distributor has signed up.
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