‘Son of God': Jewish Leader Hopes Bible Film Will Be ‘Antidote’ to ‘Passion of the Christ’

'Son of God': Jewish Leader Hopes Bible Film Will Be 'Antidote' to 'Passion of the Christ'

Anti-Defamation League director thinks the new movie can undo damage done by Mel Gibson's, which debuted 10 years ago Tuesday

The bible saga “Son of God” will be “the antidote to the poison that ‘Passion of the Christ’ became,” Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman told TheWrap Tuesday.

“It's almost a disservice to ‘Son of God’ to compare the two,” he said. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's pared-down version of the History channel miniseries “The Bible” opens nationwide Friday on roughly 3,000 screens Friday.

It's been 10 years to the day since “Passion of the Christ” debuted, and it's still the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever. But it's remembered as much for the charges of anti-Semitism, excessive violence and prerelease controversy as it is for its $370 million box-office haul.

Also read: Jesus Is Back on the Big Screen in ‘Son of God’ Trailer (Video)

“Gibson bloodied the Jews by portraying them as such villains,” said Foxman. He was among the Jewish leaders who a decade ago spoke out bitterly against Gibson's brutal recounting of Christ's crucifixion, saying its depiction of sadistic Pharisees and stereotypical characters fanned the flames of hatred against Jews.

But he has no problem with “Son of God.”

“The story of the crucifixion and the way it has been used through the centuries has never been good for the Jews,” he said.

Anti-Defamation League Centennial Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner Honoring Jeffrey Katzenberg - Inside“Having said that, ‘Son of God’ is the most sensitive, caring depiction of the story of Jesus that I have ever seen. The producers have done everything possible to put the events into historical, political and psychological context.”

Foxman (photo left) said that he thought “Son of God” could replace “Passion of the Christ” as the go-to movie for films about the life and death of Christ.

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“It's not perfect, but it's done with the proper sensitivity and perspective and I would hope that for future generations, ‘Son of God’ will be the vehicle used to teach that part of history,” he said.

Foxman said that his organization met with Downey and Burnett and provided each other with “mutual guidance.”

“After ‘The Bible’ came out, we reached out and talked thr0ugh the issues that could be hurtful or painful,” said Foxman. “We didn't agree on everything, but it was clear there was respect on both sides.”

The ADL is even sponsoring a dinner honoring Burnett and Downey on May 8.

Foxman said that while it felt funny for him to endorse a film about the crucifixion, “in this context I said yes, absolutely.”

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The love fest between the “Son of God” producers and the ADL is in stark contrast to the approach Gibson took with the “Passion,” which was controversial for months before its release. The director failed to reach out to Jewish leaders when the film was coming together, and Gibson came under blistering fire while he was taking a renegade approach to getting it into theaters.

When no studio stepped up to finance the project — an explicitly brutal retelling of Christ's final 12 hours told in ancient Aramaic and Latin with no stars — Gibson bankrolled the $30 million production budget himself.

He directed and co-wrote “The Passion,” which was filmed in Italy and stars Jim Cavaziel as Christ. Fox, which had a deal with Gibson's Icon Productions at the time, passed on distributing the film because of the complaints about its perceived anti-Semitism and excessive violence. So Gibson released it himself on Ash Wednesday, 2004.

Also read: Anti-Defamation League Director Says Mel Gibson is ‘Serial Anti-Semite, Serial Bigot’

The critics focused more on the brutality. Roger Ebert gave it four out of four stars, but called it the most violent film he'd ever seen. Slate's David Edelstein called it a “two-hour snuff film” and “the Jesus Chainsaw Massacre.”

But with conservative Christian leaders across the nation urging their flocks to turn out, “The Passion of the Christ” brought in $83 million in its first weekend, despite the criticism and protests at theaters.

The film went on to take in more than $611 million worldwide.

  • Consuelo

    There is a very good reason for the ‘over-the-top’ response to Mel Gibson's movie…

    It's the same reason we're treated to various ‘Holocaust’ stories generally about once a month on a routine basis, rarely ever longer.

    It's the same reason barely a word is uttered over what happened during Lenin's time of the Bolshevik uprising, the invention and installation of the Cheka police and later, Stalin's reign of terror.

    It's the same reason for those whose numbers were many and whose decision making in the highest ranks, led to the Ukrainian genocide.

    Yes indeed. There is a reason for all the angst shown from groups like the ADL and the SPLC, because they hope that you never find out or are too intimidated by the howls of ‘anti-semitism’ to ask Why…

    • inspiredbyloveforhumanity

      psychological manipulation through propaganda…let us hear about the holocaust of the American Indians. Kevin Annett of ITCCS.org has done a tremendous job of exposing the Vatican and Elizabeth Windsor .Read true biography of Jesus/Sananda on http://www.whoneedslight.com or http://www.hollowearthnetwork.com

    • jaykayDX

      You forgot the fact that over a quarter of a million Africans in South Sudan were slaughtered by factions armed and trained by Mossad – they were all Christians and animists who were protesting NATO forces violently removing them from their land – not a peep from the media now!

  • Mr Ripley

    First of all you cannot compare a terrific movie like Passion of the Christ with this new movie Son of God. Mel Gibson took a big gamble and it pay off his version was violent yes but that is what Jesus suffered that film put you right in that time period and it worked. The aramic language was great because that is what Jesus spoke and not hebrew.. Passion was in my opinion a great depiction of Jesus’ last days.

    • Tired of fighting

      It's kinda hard to make a group of people look good when they're in fact killing someone….. We have all killed Jesus in our sins, which is why he died to safe us, from our self destruction, and war against God, Humanity isn't pretty, it's not anti semiticism, it's the story of us all.

    • Maureen McManus Doyle

      I am in agreement with MR RIPLEY in this case!Denomination should not matter because THIS IS how JESUS suffered and if someone takes it as offense,THEY have a problem!Jesus was tortured and crucified and if it shows the horrible way in which it was done,that was HIS reason to be born in the first place! BORN to DIE!!!HE knew, and Jesus died for all of our horrific sins and show us the LIGHT which IS JESUS!The Passion portrayed everything exactly how it should have been,and if “UGLY” is seen (Like the children torturing Judas)sometimes it is what Satan is doing that shows the ugliness!Possibly the “SON OF GOD will show more oh His teachings,I don't know but His death should NEVER be simplified!!The brutality shows HOW MUCH Jesus went through for us ALL!

  • reddog44

    If one takes historical facts seriously, Mel Gibson's film was somewhat kinder to the
    Jews than they deserved. Religious fundamentalists are always a danger to
    authentic and sincere people of faith, and of such were the Pharisees
    and Sadducees.

    • JJJ

      “Mel Gibson's film was somewhat kinder to the
      Jews than they deserved.”

      JESUS WAS JEWISH!!!!!

      • reddog44

        Point being??

      • Tullyconleth

        Jesus was not Jewish in faith, just by national identity.
        There was no Jewish faith back then.
        You had Pharisees Sadducees Essenes and Christians
        Only the Christians survived the Roman genocide of Judea.
        Jews formed their religion centuries later.

        • Andy

          You are wrong historically. Check your facts.

          • Tullyconleth

            Thanks for responding.
            I checked and it's good information.
            If you want to educate me I'd be more than happy to listen.

          • Fez

            Are you high or something? How could there be Christians when Jesus lived? Do you know why he said check your historical facts? Or what you listen to people or priests all the time? You can't read yourself? Read neutral facts.

            First of Christianity began to exist around 300AD

            Yes 300 years + after Christ. If he had an ethnicity he was probably Aramaic , Jews had they're religion long before Christianity.

            Damn are you serious or just joking? , and where did you check your information?

          • gespinb3549

            Fez, Christianity began officially at the Last Supper when our Lord instituted the Eucharist.

          • James

            Wrong,Christianity wasn't even a description… It was a concept that didn't have any meaning until at least 100 years after the death of Jesus.

          • gespin3549

            ^^^there H's goes again!

          • texasjo

            Wrong. Jesus founded the Church, and the 12 Apostles were endowed with the Holy Spirit, and went forth to preach the good news, which is gospel. The first groups were simply called “the followers,” or some such name. It was years later the name of “Christian,” came about. Do you know Catholics came from the beginning, but the name
            “Catholic,” didn't come about until Ignatius (I think…have to look it up) which just means “Universal.” and today some Protestants do not think Catholics are Christian? Peter the first pope, which just means “papa.”.

        • Fez

          And by the way how can you be Jewish by national identity? Please enlighten me.

          So if I'm a buddhist I'm a buddhist by national identity? Hahahaha seriously do you smoke acid?

          • texasjo

            Jews are the only ones who can be an ethnic personality as well (or not)as a faith. Two in one. Some do not want to follow the Orthodox Jewish faith, some are merely Zionists, who can be the warriors who are so good protecting Israel. Some have Bar mitzvahs, yet do not continue…just as all the other religions.

        • James

          Indeed Jesus was Jewish in faith and every other aspect of his life.. You are completely historically wrong on every account…. But that's what “revision” does to you….Christians weren't even a legitimate religion until the time of Constantine….read some history…..

      • foundingstockcracker

        No, he was a Hebrew, not an Idumean.

      • jaykayDX

        yeah, and he thought that the Joos were such a bunch of scumbags and con-artists that he started a new belief system just to get away from it all!

  • hupto

    Correction: Gibson did not release the film himself. It went out via Newmarket, the indie distrib that also released, among others, MONSTER, WHALE RIDER and DONNIE DARKO.

    The finest film about Jesus I've ever seen is Nicholas Ray's KING OF KINGS, but since it was made way back in 1961, it's not on most people's radars.

    • Andrew Apter

      Yes, that really was a great film, not anti-Semitic enough for most people however.

      • jaykayDX

        You REALLY mean: not TRUTHFUL enough for most people ….

  • David

    Jesus was a Jew, hard to be Christian and also an anti-Semite

  • Bee

    Jesus loves the Jews. That's why HE called them HIS people; First the Jew & then the Gentile. That's why HE came to them first. Jesus hated what HE saw, Religion that was just works. Christians who read the Bible know the Truth. We can not hate. It is the opposite of Jesus’ message…HIS death WAS brutal & undeserved. HE died spotless. HE died without saying a word. HE died for us, but Praise G-D, HE has risen & will come again in Glory…Jesus asked, “who do people say I AM.” & Kephas replied, “YOU are the Son of G-D”. The Cross was once used for bad, but JESUS took what was meant for bad & made it good. HE took up our cross, because we can not without HIM. Thank YOU Father for YOUR Son, Yeshua.

  • likeasaint

    The Passion of the Christ is hands down the best and most accurate account of the pinnacle moments of Christ's life. Whitewashing the details is a disservice to everyone historically and theologically.

    • hupto

      Oh, really? Were you there when it happened?

      • anthony alleva

        I'm sure he wasn't there when it happened but they are far enough in the scriptures and gospel's that described the violence to a tee and Mel Gibson's movie should be the go to for the history of Jesus. It should not be sugar coated and the Jewish producers would like you to see the sugar coated version of course. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out those days were bloody an extremely violent and I think it is in just to whitewash what Jesus went through and hell he was bloody and tortured so I am against this new movie and I am for Mel Gibson's version 100 percent

        • anthony alleva

          and by the way I am NOT anti semetic Abraham is the father of all our religions when it comes to Judaism Christianity and Islam and we all need to get along and see life for what it is and realize what Jesus 1 through should not be sugar coated. We all have to remember Jesus was Jewish and if you are Christian our faith is based on Judaism and people need to realize that and maybe we would all get along much better

          • hupto

            You're not anti-Semitic (correct spelling), yet you say the producers–Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Eduardo Verastegui–are Jewish without the slightest shred of evidence. In fact, all three are Catholic. (sigh)

        • texasjo

          I remember the Jewish gal on “The View,” was outraged by the popularity of the movie, and tried to make Mel Gibson into a monster. Yes, he drank too much, and he finally got a divorce, and his father doesn't believe in the Holocaust, but he's very accurate in his movie.

      • likeasaint

        Do you think the New Testament and Roman historians are trustworthy? If so, The Passion is for you. Son of God is a nice overview but the Passion zeroes in on the heart of the Gospel.

      • jaykayDX

        No. Same way as I wasn't there when all the claims that '6 million’ Joos died in WWII started. But you believe all of THAT bit of propaganda without question now, do you?

        • hupto

          Considering I lost two grandparents, three uncles, two aunts and five or six first cousins, not to mention that my own parents got out by the skin of their teeth–yes, I do believe it. And so does everyone else who's not a worthless racist.

    • jaykayDX

      Yeah, with the biggest whitewash being the fact that Jesus had mahogany skin and curly hair – which means that he looked more lieke Bob Marley than that white hippy in Mel Gibson's movie!

  • ZyklonBee

    In this film, will it have Jesus speaking Greek (and not Aramaic or Hebrew) as it was the lingua Franca spoken in Judea since Alexander the Great had conquered most of Asia? Or would he have an American accent like “The Last Temptation of Christ”? Sorry about the violence portrayed in these movies, Jews, but there isn't anything PJ rated about being arrested, beaten and crucified. Perhaps you should had allowed the man to save you instead of killing Him.

    • James

      Ok so your anti Antisemitism over rides your historical knowledge. Typical. It was the Romans who crucified Jesus. The Jewish Elders would have been horrified to see a fellow Rabbi be crucified but no doubt powerless to stop. Pilate ruled Palestine with an iron fist. And sedition against Rome was a death sentence. Stop blaming the Jews..

      • JoFro

        Jesus wasn't a Rabbi! He was called one because he was a great preacher but he wasn't a rabbi.

        • James

          He wasn't an elder. But he was referred to as Rabbi..

          • jaykayDX

            Yeah, well just because he was referred to as a ‘rabbi’ … doesn't mean that he was one .. just like just because Israel is referred to as a ‘democracy’ – doesn't mean that it's not a racist, xenophobic, parasitic aparteid-like sh*t-hole …..

          • James

            Why else would he be referred to as Rabbi if he wasn't one? Israel is a more a theocracy than democracy…

      • texasjo

        The elite Jews in power were the ones to get Jesus crucified. Pilates just wanted peace. Jesus was a “rabble rouser,” as they thought. He was a rebel. He caused disturbances, especially throwing out the money changers in the Temple. And, Jews have been linked with making money for years. Imagine, God became a little baby, in a Jewish family, when they were not well thought of. That's humility.

      • zombiekiller117

        Maybe jews should quit blaming everyone else for the ‘holocaust'.
        The fact that Jesus disrupted their money racketing at the Temple by force was enough motivation for the Rabbi's to hate this Galilean Essene who came to end their 10% cut of every business profit made.

        • James

          Quit blaming everyone else for the Holocaust? To my recent memory they only blame the Germans…Can't really say I blame them. What would you do if your ethnic group was annihilated to the point of extinction for no other reason that you exist?

          • zombiekiller117

            Could you explain to me the ‘reason’ why my people, White people are being subjected to Genocide by mass non-White immigration and forced ‘assimilation’ to create a ‘melting pot’ of ‘blended humanity’ ?

          • James

            Ah the “immigration” invasion argument again…Nobody forces you to procreate with anybody you don't like Nobody forces you to reproduce with someone you don't wish to reproduce with…..Humanity has moved geographically for thousands of years. Out of necessity for survival. environmental and opportunity..

            And as for “your” people. I think you'll find Caucasian people (The correct description of “white” ) of which I am also one of,are far from going extinct….

          • zombiekiller117

            ONLY White countries are targeted.
            It's GENOCIDE
            ‘anti-racist’ is a codeword for Anti-White

          • James

            Oh how many times have I heard that parroted before. You should head over to Stormfront. Anti racist is defined as somebody who is against hatred of other races. Someone who with no apparent reason just develops a hatred for somebody whose different. Its not a codeword for “anti white”…… duh!

          • zombiekiller117

            Calling disagreement ‘Hate’ is childish but is in accordance with an Anti-White point of view.

      • jaykayDX

        Is was the jewish leaders THEMSELVES who called on the Roman authorities to ‘punish’ Christ! The Romans even gave the Joos a choice between punishing Christ and sparing him – guess which option they picked. Stop whitewashing da joos all the time. Sheesh ….

        • James

          Stop blaming the “Joos” for something they most likely didn't do in the first place. The Romans gave nobody any choice in matters of politics, if you knew Roman history you would know this….

  • ayplease

    Son of God is a real piece of garbage. Save your movie and go watch something else.

    • anthony alleva

      I prefer Mel Gibson's movie, but anything about Jesus is not garbage and I find it offensive so if you want to discuss things on a religious topic you should leave the offensive stuff out and how dare you call anything about Jesus garbage sickens me

      • zombiekiller117

        He was expressing an OPINION on a TV show not on the person of Jesus, SILLY

  • ayplease

    and ONCE AGAIN PEOPLE, Jesus was NOT WHITE!

    • M_Young

      You ever seen a Lebanese or Palestinian Christian? They are caucasians, full stop. Darker than your average Northern European, but just about the coloration of a southern European.

      • anthony alleva

        Jesus was nothing close to European and he wasn't white he was Middle Eastern if anything and his skin was a lot darker than Caucasians. I am talian German and American and I am very familiar with what northern and southern Europeans look like and I can tell you Jesus looked like neither….people from the Middle Eastern regionare not considered Caucasian so I have to say you are dead wrong

        • zombiekiller117

          George Washington wasn't White he was Black. If you don't believe me look at Barrack Obama, he's Black therefore George Washington was Black.

          Seriously trying to use todays demographics as an argument about the demographics of the Middle East 2000 years ago is SILLY.

          • jaykayDX

            Yeah – almost as silly as portraying Jesus as white when the description of him in the bible CLEARLY states that he has mahogany skin (mahogany is dark brown in color) with curly long hair ….

          • zombiekiller117

            Can you give me a scripture reference to that ?
            I haven't read that before, maybe my bible is just an inaccurate translation.

    • anthony alleva

      I'm pretty sure most people realize today that Jesus wasn't white. it is not that hard to figure out

    • JR Ritter

      And this matters because?

      • jaykayDX

        Because the rest of he non-white world is fed up of being presented with false idols?!!!

    • Loveforjesus

      Hold on a second this has nothing to do with anything and why is that such a big deal to people
      Jesus was Jesus !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WoodyTanaka

    It doesn't speak well of the producers that they sought the approval of this bigot, whose disgusting actions during the Park51 matter demonstrated his true colors. Foxman is entitled to his opinion on the merits of Passion of the Christ (which is a brutal but fantastic film, as Ebert correctly noted) but what gall to deem himself even remotely qualified to opine as to which film that Christians should use to teach their religion.

    • Ellen D

      Jesus was born a Jew but he was destined for the Gentiles Passion of The Christ was precisely the way Jesus was tortured and crucified.

  • Northern Star

    Abraham Foxman and the ADL are two-faced hypocrites, Foxman himself stated publicly ‘The Passion of the Christ’ was NOT anti-semitic after he actually saw the film… and now he's back to his old ways, sowing division and claiming victimhood from every orifice, nothing changes with pressure groups with an axe to grind and funds to raise it seems! Roma Downey and Mark Burnett would do well to steer clear of this charalatan…

    • JoFro

      Sadly, they chose to listen to the charlatan! Gibson didn't and his movie is still the highest domestic grossing R rated flick ever and the second highest grossing R rated flick worldwide!

    • James

      TPOTC can be likened to any trial which involved a death sentence. Texas has no shame in executing the highest number in the US. Same for the 1st century Palestine. Although everybody keeps blaming the Jewish elders for the death of Jesus. Who supposedly knew if his imminent demise. And then instead of escaping, calmly accepted his fate. A fate which was ultimately decided and carried out by the??…… Romans.
      1st century politics. Gotta love them……

      • jaykayDX

        The Romans (who were the governing body at the time) were called on by Jewish elders to ‘punish’ Christ. The Roman authorities gave Jewish elders the choice to either spare him or kill him. They made their choice. Blaming the hired hand while ignoring the masterminds

        behind the crime is ridiculous on your part!

        • James

          The Roman authorities were the deciders not the Jewish elders.. The gospels give a historically incorrect version. Pilate crucified at will.. Do you think he all of a sudden had a change of heart and position just cause he has a bad day? Pilate was the deciding factor. Not the Jewish Elders…

    • jaykayDX

      P.S. The ADL was an offshoot of the B'nai B'raith – which was created to counter all the bad publicity generated by jewish child murderer and pedophile Leo Frank who was lynched by an angry gentile crowd – anything done by these weirdoes is suspect. They are nothing but a propaganda service. Be warned.

  • adoring GOD grace

    JESUS is a big plus to us he cancels all sins so that people believe him can be saved, but you must believe him in order to be saved (luke 16:16, ephesian 2:15, rome 6:14, rome 6:22, rome 7:8) – you just believe that JESUS has died in the cross for your sins and accept HIM as your God automatically you are under no sins, no laws, but under GOD grace in which there is no sin to be applied to you !!! READ THOSE BIBLE VERSES

  • jackie hoffman

    People sure know how to make a mountain out of a molehill. The Passion of Christ and this new movie- both are about the Lord Jesus. Why change the focus from Him to any other issue? But then, did not Satan try to do the same? He tried to take the glory to himself instead of giving it to God. Mel Gibson did nothing wrong in presenting the truth. If Christ died an excruciatingly painful death on the cross, is Hollywood going to dilute it by showing He died peacefully in his sleep of silent myocardial infarction? Even before the movie was released in theatres in America, almost every Christian family in India ( including children) had seen the movie in churches and everyone loved it. Hollywood has produced so many “Christian” movies with no glory to Christ or no Biblical principle whatsoever. Why did not anybody raise a voice then?

    • anthony alleva

      amen to that

  • kigoso

    If you are talking about Passion of Christ, Mel Gibson did not include all of them as it is writing in ancient christian which are located in remote part of the world. I am saying this because I have access to them. They are open to public during LENT. They call it the passion of Christ. But, to tell Christ should not be for money. He is the Life(Eternal) that every body need to live, He is the Way where everybody must travel and He is the Truth that everyone must speak. In Christ there is no Jews, or Arab or any other nations and nationalities. He came to make us one. Jews are not the only people participated in His Crucifixion but all who do not accept Him as SON of GOD the Savior and Redeemer of this World. He came to save us by taken our Death through dying in Cross as the it is written in Old Testament. And He also said I did come to fulfill them. Then He said “it is Finished”. It was His plan to take the Passion. The brutality of suffering does not show cruelty of Jews but Sinfulness of Humanity. Because He crucified in the Cross to take our burden. Thus, If we failed to recognize it, then we will be the cruel people who crucify Christ again. And as there is an end for every thing we will rip it. I blame for Jews not because they Crucified Him but for failing to accept HIM as GOD and The Begotten Son of Father and the Son of Virgin Mary. Glory to HIM from Ages to Ages

  • JR Ritter

    You people argue over everything.

    • jaykayDX

      They have a lot of free time on their hands ….

  • hupto

    Thank you, sir.

    • Andrew Apter

      What is the complete obsession non-Jews have with Jews? They seem to spend most of their day worrying about Jews. It's rather pathetic, even comical.

      • hupto

        Well, you have to remember that anti-Semitism was pretty institutionalized up until the Holocaust, at which point it abated considerably. It wasn't until the rise of the Religious Right in the 80s that it came creeping back a little. Because the traditional Jewish stereotype revolves around money, they fear that “we're” coming for them. We're not. But they know what they know and that's that. (And of course, when you remind them that Jesus was a Jew, the conversation suddenly dries up.) In fairness, they hate pretty much everybody who isn't Just Like Them, so it's not like we're being singled out. :-)

        • X5000

          “They” against “us” this is where it all starts. What would make you believe that “You” are so special? “The Chosen” people ? Chosen by whom? Not by me for sure! As so brilliantly stated in “holy Grail” : “I did not vote for you!”

          • jaykayDX

            They are chosen – to clean my toilet. And they can't even do THAT properly. No wonder so many of them do jobs like talk show host, radio shock jock, media personality and other inconsequential jobs that don't really produce anything of any practical use and just waste your time …..

      • UberYou

        Go to Israel and you'll find that half of the Jews there openly hate and insult other faiths CONSTANTLY. If anything the Jews are obsessed with their own insecurity complexes.

        • jaykayDX

          You hit the nail on the head. These parasites have SO MUCH CONTEMPT for anyone who's not like them – they even were forcibly sterilizing African immigranst without the women's knowledge – such is the depths of their racial hatred. No matter how much you do for them it's NEVER enough – such is the level of their sense of entitlement!

      • jaykayDX

        What about the complete obsession Jews have to make themselves seem like the victims in every matter they are involved in – even if they are in fact, the aggressors? What about this obsession of theirs to monopolize the media and ostracize anyone who may preset a different point of view? What about their obvious obsession with giving plum jobs to people belonging their own ethnicities – despite the fact that the candidate in question may be totally unsuited to the job at hand? What about their apparent obsession in claiming that anyone who presents a critical view of Israel is an ‘anti-semite'? What about the obsession of people like you to whitewash any honest dialogue or criticism of them as ‘obsession'?

      • jaykayDX

        The only thing pathetic and comical here is you. Perhaps if the Joos didn't give so much importance to bigots like Foxman in the media in a manner designed to generate publicity, we'd stop obsessing about them.

  • Jesse Singh

    Jesus was black, this guy is Cesare Borgia! You ALL are being deceived

    • ZyklonBee

      Whatever color He was, it doesn't matter.

      • jaykayDX

        Actually it does, since Cesare Borgia was a corrupt sinner who used and abused the Church for his own lust for power and thus, all you westerners are worshipping a false idol as a result ….

  • Jesse Singh

    Jesus was crucified on a POLE, not on a CROSS, read the BIBLE properly. Wake up people.

    • Loveforjesus

      Give me the exact scripture where it says pole

      After they had finished nailing him to the cross and were waiting for him to die, they whiled away the time by throwing dice for his clothes. Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews. Along with him, they also crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: “You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days—so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you’re really God’s Son, come down from that cross!” (Matthew 27:35-40 MSG)

      Cross I see

      • James

        Matthew was also written at least 70 years after the supposed crucifixion and the Romans crucified people on trees as well. Its is likely Jesus was crucified on a pole.

        • Steve

          This I agree with 100%. Jesus did not die on a cross (a pagan symbol). Was most likely a tree or post.

          • victor feldman

            whats really sad is that the gospels atre basically purely a religious belief
            alluding to the christian religion. what other religion is based on denigrating another religion. this in turn has fanned the flames of hatred towards the jewish people…culminating in the holocaust….lets get real here and keep things in context..gibson was even found making unkind statements about the jewish people by the us police….need i say more..what baffled me about his film the PASSION was the critics acclaim for this unbelievably Jew hating film..

          • zombiekiller117

            Actually jewish involvement in prostitution, homosexual movements, private central banking and usury, slavery and todays involvement in organ trafficking fans what you call ‘anti-Semitism.

    • zombiekiller117

      Explain the theological importance of the difference ?

  • fiftyoddkickback

    Sadly, Christ was not sent to the crucifix by the Druids. He was put up on the cross by his own people, the Jews. It's a little hysterical to assume that everyone is going to hate the Jews based on what actually happened. Jews have suffered persecution for all kinds of stupid reasons, but screwing up Christian history is not the way to fight that.

    • James

      He was put on the cross by the Romans.. It is likely the Jews would have done everything to try and stop them from doing so as Jesus was a Rabbi and Jewish. It would have been part of the Jewish duty to prevent his death. But Rome was the governing power and final say rested with them.

      • fiftyoddkickback

        The Romans gave the Jews a choice –a known criminal or the guy spouting heresy. They chose Jesus. Since you don't know this basic fact about the crucifixion you may also not know that any Christian worth their salt knows the Jews are God's chosen people. To deny that is to deny a basic tenet of Christianity.

        • James

          Indeed I do know about Roman history. And since Christians are also responsible for most of the antisemitism in the world today,its a double standard that they adhere to. Hate Jews yet on the other hand call them God's chosen. Which also contradicts the mission of Jesus.

          Romans would not have given the Jews a choice, they would have laid down the law as prescribed. Jesus would have committed a crime far greater than that of Barrabbas to suffer the ultimate punishment.No way would Pilate have ever let the crowd decide the fate of Jesus.

          Don't underestimate the Romans role in the death of Jesus.

          • fiftyoddkickback

            No, Christians are not responsible for “most of the antisemitism” in the world today. There is no Christian organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. There is, however, plenty from other religions, who will not be named because they are so sensitive they will probably cut my head off. Because that's what sensitive people do–decapitate people. But I digress. Now we will go to the Bible for the account. John 18:35 – “Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?” Jews were not allowed by Roman law to put someone to death, but they were allowed to deliver someone to Roman justice, and they did. PIlate even told them that he thought Jesus was innocent, but they wanted him crucified anyway. Where are you getting your information? Everyone knows this!

          • Steve

            So James, are you saying the Bible is incorrect when it records that Pilate did indeed gave the Jews a choice?

      • zombiekiller117

        Jesus was a Galilean and he rejected the notion of ‘Rabbi’ and wasn't a Judean and he used physical violence against the corrupt Temple officials.
        The ‘jews’ didn't like Jesus and wanted Him dead.

    • zombiekiller117

      Jesus was a Galilean, not a Judean so why do you say he was a ‘jew’ ?

  • Loveforjesus

    The son of god was a tremendous movie but the punishment that Jesus went through was far worse far to brutal that what they depicted in that movie

    Mel Gibson passion of Christ was far better in the truth of Jesus passion and crucifixion
    Son of god did a great job of showing the true miracles jesus performed throughout his life

    • James

      Where Mel Gibson's movie failed was in its priority to instigate the Jews as being the protagonists of Jesus fate. In the end it was the Romans who had the ultimate say. They carried out the execution, Pilate decided it. Although we have been fed a fantastical motive which doesn't hold up under scrutiny. Jesus was crucified. Which was the Roman punishment reserved for sedition against Rome. This would have had to have been decided by the Procurator. And his word was final. No influence from the Jews would have made any difference..

      • zombiekiller117

        Pilate was politically outmaneuvered. Trying to blame the Romans and not the instigators is like blaming the jewish Capo's at Auschwitz for the holocaust.

        • James

          Pilate was not at all outmaneuvered. He was Procurator. His was the final word.Regardless of how he has been portrayed most of which is incorrect. Final judgement lay with him. Pilate would have been diplomatic to a point, but Jesus was not crucified because of the Jewish elders. he was crucified because of sedition against Rome. It is more likely the elders would have fought to keep his life.As was according to their scriptures.

          But Christianity needed to move away from its Jewish roots and grow its movement. One of the methods it used was to accuse the Jews of corruption and of this and that… it is less about religion and more about politics and establishing the religion. by whatever means necessary..Which it did…

          Jesus would have been crucified at the orders of the Romans. Crucifixion was reserved for sedition due to its particular cruelty… And Rome looked upon sedition as the worst crime possible…

          • jaykayDX

            It was the Jews who wanted Jesus crucified; The Romans viewed him as nothing but a charlatan at best and a rabble rouser at worst; there was no way that his preachings would have resulted in ‘sedition’ (a word whose meaning you obviously don't know very well) – the REAL reason he was killed was because he was a danger to the corrupt rabbis and the Jewish ruling class who were exploiting people through usury – which Jesus tried to abolish by attacking the money lenders through his teachings!

          • James

            Sorry but it was the Romans who collected the taxes on the money lenders. As they did in all of the lands they occupied. Letting Jesus be killed for religious teachings would be totally against Jewish and Hebrew philosophy. Remember the line from the Talmud? He who saves a life saves the world entire. The Elders would have done their best to save Jesus.
            It was the Romans who most likely saw him as a bigger threat that any Jewish elders… Crucifixion was reserved for sedition and Romans carried it out many who were suspected. The same fate also happened to Spartacus and his uprising.

            Do you honestly think the Jewish Elders would send a fellow Rabbi to be crucified? Hardly…

  • jeremias

    accordin to all jesus resuscitate so whats the problem about who killed him romans, jews, the 3. ady

  • JJJ

    JESUS WAS JEWISH!!!!!

    • zombiekiller117

      LOL
      Jesus was an Essene from Galilee, SILLY

  • Tullyconleth

    I love both films.
    Foxman was mad at Gibson because he wouldn't pay him as a consultant, and Son of God producers paid him.
    Neither film was antisemetic but both blamed the Pharisees for Jesus death
    There was no Jewish religion at the time of Christ-just various sects of locals following the laws of Moses-many opposed to one another.

    Most Judeans either worshipped Hebrew or Greek agricultural gods.

    Jews continue to play the victims.
    There was no Holocaust.

  • Simon

    they are saved by the blood of Jesus, so they should be grateful to the Jew

  • gespinb3549

    Stupid perspective. Glaring ignorance of salvation history. Passion of the Christ was not antisemitic or overly violent. It portrayed historical facts the way they happened. The Pharisees were as they were, but that does not mean that the film insinuates the Jews are to blame for what happened to Jesus. To even suggest such a thing indicates a level of ignorance so deep that it borders on not having any intelligence at all. Jesus had to die. And all of humanity from the first who turned against God to the last conceived human being in time are to blame for what He suffered. His stripes were not given by the Roman soldier, but by us, through the Roman soldier. The stroke of the hammer driving the nails through His hands and feet, the same. It was not the crowd of Jews riled by the Pharisees who demanded His crucifixion, but each and every one of us and our offenses agains the Father which called out through that crowd, demanding the only satisfaction possible; the only compensation possible; the blood and life of pure innocence. The life of Jesus ransomed us all, including the Jews, and it had to be the way it happened.

  • gespinb3549

    Stupid perspective. Glaring ignorance of salvation history. Passion of the Christ was not antisemitic or overly violent. It portrayed historical facts the way they happened. The Pharisees were as they were, but that does not mean that the film insinuates the Jews are to blame for what happened to Jesus. To even suggest such a thing indicates a level of ignorance so deep that it borders on not having any intelligence at all. Jesus had to die. And all of humanity from the first who turned against God to the last conceived human being in time are to blame for what He suffered. His stripes were not given by the Roman soldier, but by us, through the Roman soldier. The stroke of the hammer driving the nails through His hands and feet, the same. It was not the crowd of Jews riled by the Pharisees who demanded His crucifixion, but each and every one of us and our offenses agains the Father which called out through that crowd, demanding the only satisfaction possible; the only compensation possible; the blood and life of pure innocence. The life of Jesus ransomed us all, including the Jews, and it had to be the way it happened.

    • texasjo

      If you are Christian, please do not use the word “stupid,” when speaking, or writing to or about someone you do not even know. Perhaps you can say “I do think your perspective may be wrong.” OK? Blessed be those who are meek.

      • Stupid

        Ummmm….stupid. :P

        • texasjo

          OK, gotcha…you are NOT Christian, nor do you have good manners. I'll pray to Jesus you will be born again! Hallelujah, and Amen. Change your name, or you will become what you call yourself.

  • Jose L. Martinez

    I am tired of Political Correctness.

    Did the All the Jews kill Christ? No, the Apostles and the first disciples were Jews.

    Did all the Romans or Gentiles Kill Christ? No, remember the Roman Centurion and Cornelius, then read all the letters from Paul and the Gospels where Christ sends the Apostles out to make disciples of ALL NATIONS.

    • zombiekiller117

      Actually the first disciples were Galileans not Jews. Galilee was 3 provinces away from the province of Judea.

  • Andrew Morrison Burger

    Saying the Jews killed jesus isn't being anti Semitic. It's fact. They did kill jesus. Not anti Semitic.

  • zombiekiller117

    “The story of the crucifixion and the way it has been used through the centuries has never been good for the Jews,” he said.’

    The story of the ‘holocaust’ and the way it has been used through the decades has always been Anti-White.

  • Joel A. Ohmer

    So, Jews are upset that Gibson lifted the bushel from the lamp? Passion showed us the truth of what happened … and if that causes shame, anger or embarrassment to Jews, then THEY have to work through that.

    • jaykayDX

      Don't bother – they have a history of pretending to be the victim while they stab YOU in the back ….

  • Nicky Bocker

    Just cutting the scenes with the actor that supposedly looks like Obama tells me this film is produced by the politically correct to make themselves feel good and not worth watching. Christ came to earth for a reason and it was to defeat things like political correctness. Christ never avoided subjects because it made people feel uncomfortable, to the contrary it was his mission to make us uncomfortable with our sinful lifestyle.

  • jaykayDX

    Oh look, another Jew trying to censor free speech by denying what was written in a book of fairy tales while SIMULTANEOUSLY using that VERY SAME book of fairy tales to steal land from and deny The Palestineans the right to live in dignity and peace …

    This shameless fat pig Foxman probably shouts out ‘Anti-Semite’ at any pigeon who dares to poop on his car!

    Speaking of fairy tales, will Hollyweird spare us the usual raft of Holocaust movies this year? I'd really like to see a movie detailing the plight of Palestineans (created by Isra-HELL), the civil war in South Sudan (funded by Mossad) or the massacre of over thirty million christians in Russia by the Bolsheviks (who were mostly Jews) – but I won't hold my breath waiting …..

  • Kasey

    Anti-semitic? Hardly. If there was any bigotry it was against Italians. There should have been more about how POTC portrayed Romans as brutal killers of JC. That made millions never want to talk to an Italian ever again, right?