Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Mel Gibson is making The Passion, a movie about Jesus Christ (portrayed by hottie Jim Caviezel, with Mary Magdalene portrayed by Monica Bellucci). A rabbi who was invited to a preview said that the film could "undermine Christian-Jewish dialogue and could turn back the clock on decades of positive progress in interfaith relations," due to its depiction of Jews being responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. Just a few quick questions. Wasn't Jesus Christ, first and foremost, a Jew himself? Weren't they all--Simon Peter, Mary the mother of Christ, Joseph of Arimathea--before Jesus died? Are they portrayed in a harsh light too? Sigh. Why does everything have to be discriminatory?