Take your kids to the movie
By Israel Shamir
The film of Mel Gibson, The Passion, grows into
an important, maybe the important event of the
year. Even before screening, it caused violent
reactions of the American Jewish 'thought
police', ADL led by obnoxious Foxman. There are
unpleasant rumours (in the New York Times) that
Mr Gibson gave in and decided to censor the
Gospel. I hope it is not true, for a man who can
give in and cut the Gospel is not worthy to make
a film about Golgotha. 'To change even one
letter in the Bible is like to destroy the
world', says the Jewish wisdom, and I concur: if
the Gospel, the most important part of the
Bible, tells us of the High Priest of Jews that
he accepted his responsibility for the verdict,
Mr Gibson is not entitled to change it, even he
were to be crucified himself.
Naturally, the High Priest of antisemitism
fighters, Abe Foxman, the guy who took bribe
from Marc Rich the thief, is not worried about
placid American Goyim attacking the innocent
Jews. First, it is not bloody likely. Even if
the Jews were to crucify Christ today in prime
time on CNN, the Americans won't dare to object.
Secondly, every attack on a Jew brings cash to
Abe Foxman; he thrives on strife. He is worried
about something else.
Foxman and other enemies of Gibson's film are
worried that the young American kids of some
Jewish background, like kids of Vermont Governor
Dean, or many of our readers, will see the movie
and never again will call themselves 'Jews'
anymore. Foxman, Bronfman et al are worried that
these kids - and grown ups - will take
themselves to the church, while these leaders
will remain with assorted retired folk in
Florida. Their worries are our hopes.
There many good people who by mistake or by
ignorance consider themselves 'Jews'. For this
mistake they pay dearly: they are forced to
fight against 'the Jews' while supporting the
setup. I saw something similar in Russia, where
many good people called themselves 'communists'
in the days of Brezhnev. They had to justify or
condemn invasion of Afghanistan from extremely
uncomfortable position. But they had no choice
in the USSR of those days. But now, there is no
need for any good person to call him/herself a
The Church always welcomed these good people of
Jewish origin to her bosom. They are welcome,
and the film of Gibson hopefully will bring them
- away from Foxman and Caiaphas to Christ. But
this beautiful plan can't be implemented by way
of ideological and theological compromise. The
Church is open for the good people, and the
separation of lambs from goats is promised
beginning of the Last Judgement. Now, appearance
of the Mel Gibson's film provides us with
opportunity to separate lambs from goats.
The Washington columnist Joe Sobran wrote to me:
'the Mel Gibson's movie is being accused of "antisemitism"
just for presenting the Gospel story. Have you
noticed that Christianity, the Catholic Church,
the popes, Martin Luther, many of the most
eminent Christian authors, and the Gospels
themselves are constantly called antisemitic?
But not Jesus himself! Why not? Obviously
someone is trying to tell us something with all
these charges of antisemitism. Here is a man who
antagonized the Jewish authorities of his day,
incurring all their fury, and who has inspired
TWO THOUSAND YEARS of antisemitism! Why does He
get off the hook? Why don't they just come out
and accuse Him? That's plainly what they're
driving at. So let them say it. Remember, when
they talk about "antisemitism" they're really
talking about Jesus Christ. If they won't say
it, we should'.
Indeed, this film can wake up the American
Christians to the supreme sacrifice and glory of
Christ. It will bring American 'Jews' to the
crown of their long assimilation process - to
the Church. It will set them free - for
Christianity is freedom, first of all. And then
the Holy Land will remain the socle of the
Cross, not the base of Antichrist.