The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 April 2004

Body count: 0

William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, has been saying that Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was getting a bad rap from the media, and apparently he was right:

Two months have elapsed since the film was released and no Jew has been killed. Not only have there been no pogroms, there have been no reported beatings, and no reported acts of vandalism associated with the film. This is true not only in the U.S.; it is true all over the world. By now the movie has played in literally scores of countries, all without violence.

Those who predicted that the movie would generate violence need to explain themselves. And in some cases, they need to apologize to Christians. Recall that it was ADL director Abe Foxman who said last January that Mel Gibson is 'hawking it [the film] on a commercial crusade to the churches of this country.' He then concluded, 'That's what makes it so dangerous.' In other words, it's not lax Christians who are a danger to Jews, nor is it the anti-war protesters who carry banners bashing Israel, it's those Catholics and Protestants who go to church on Sundays that Jews have to fear the most. Not only is this radically wrong — indeed it's dangerously wrong — it's also insulting to practicing Christians.

As the phrase goes, read the whole thing.

("Protestants"? Does anyone outside Catholicism, or maybe the Armed Forces chaplain corps, use that term anymore?)

(Via Hit and Run)

Posted at 7:38 AM to Immaterial Witness

I'm a Protestant! I know lots of people who use the term.

Posted by: marc at 10:48 AM on 22 April 2004

I stand corrected.

(At a slight angle, owing to bad knees.)

Posted by: CGHill at 2:36 PM on 22 April 2004

To make a blanket statement like "no reported beatings" etc. is pretty chancy; and, as it turns out, now apparently false:

I agree the predictions of a mass spasm of hatred were overblown, but I'm not surprised that there'll be at least a couple of incidents where Passion is cited as a justification.

Posted by: CT at 6:23 PM on 22 April 2004

Its ok to create an overall atmosphere of animosity and fear as long as there are no bodies...


(sarcasm off)

sure, the proof is in the pudding, but we shouldn't have to wait for people to die to decide whether something is harmful should we?

Posted by: bruce at 11:48 PM on 22 April 2004

It's true there's no body count, but I think the Quizno's TV ads featuring those weird critters are harmful.

Where do we draw the line, bruce?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:50 AM on 23 April 2004

Lets see somewhere between advertising a pepper bar and blaming the death of jesus on an ethnic group, there lots of room there you know?

Posted by: bruce at 4:46 PM on 23 April 2004

Let me rephrase, then: Where would you draw the line?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:43 PM on 23 April 2004