Outspoken "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo, promoting the DVD release of his Christian movie "God's Not Dead,"
on Monday reiterated the long-discredited claim that the Jews killed Jesus.
In an interview on Christian radio host Jerry Newcombe's "Vocal Point,"
Sorbo criticized concerns of Jewish groups that Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" was anti-Semitic.
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"He got attacked when he was shooting 'The Passion' from the Jewish community, saying 'look at the way you're portraying us,'" Sorbo told Newcombe.
"News bulletin: You did kill Jesus."
Newcombe quickly corrected Sorbo, saying the Jews had just "delivered him over to the Romans."
Sorbo then replied: "They had a hand in it," adding that despite the concerns, the film went on to earn hundreds of millions of dollars, "so Mel sort of had the last laugh there."
The audio was posted on Right Wing Watch
Sorbo has been doing interviews to promote his movie, in which he stars as an atheist college professor who threatens to fail students who continue to believe in God. He noted that Gibson's 2004 movie proved the commercial potential of faith-based films.
It made over $600 million
worldwide on a relatively modest budget of $30 million.
But Jewish groups
protested the film as wrongly depicting Jews as responsible for the death of Jesus.
The myth that Jews killed Jesus dates to New Testament books, the Anti-Defamation League
In 1965, the Vatican
issued an official statement absolving Jews of collective responsibility for Jesus' death, writing, "The Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ; still, what happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today."
has run into controversy in the past, triggering outrage when he said that victims of a Denver suburban movie theater shooting in 2012 would not be going to heaven
unless they were Christian.
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