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Mel Gibson's 'Passion' Won't Harm Jews

Saturday, 21 June 2003 12:00 AM

Imagine if the New York Times tried to accurately present the news.

That's what Mel Gibson is attempting in his new film, "The Passion."

Gibson's film is an attempt to present the last 12 hours of Jesus' life as accurately as possible, using Aramaic and Latin with no subtitles.

Meanwhile, theologians are accusing Gibson of portraying the Jews in a negative light and presenting the crucifixion as it is recounted in the Gospels.

It remains unclear how the theologians secured the script.

The individuals who killed Jesus are long dead and buried. How can living human beings be blamed or punished for the actions of dead people? Those individuals who killed Jesus are guilty of a terrible crime. Sharing their heritage is not a crime.

Do movies about slavery lead to hatred of modern white Southerners?

After all, as Gibson points out, "Jesus himself was a Jew, his mother was a Jew, and so were his 12 apostles." So some of the villains and all of the heroes in the movie are Jews.

Why must our society view everyone through the lens of race? Can't people be responsible for their own actions as individuals? Or am I doomed to pay for every mistake made by Irish Catholics for 2,000 years?

Orthodox Jewish author David Klinghoffer, in defense of Gibson, wrote in the New York Jewish weekly Forward that "Our loyalty should be to Judaism and to truth, not to an officially sanctioned, sanitized version of Judaism or the truth – which may be neither Jewish nor true."

Pope John Paul II used the millenium as an opportunity to apologize for historical failures on the part of the Catholic Church. His openness to history as it really happened should be lauded, but it doesn't make modern Catholics guilty for the crimes of their ancestors.

And a film about Jesus' crucifixion doesn't make modern Jews responsible for killing Jesus.

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