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2.25.2004

Too Much Passion, and Too Little 

KAKE news in Witchita reports of a woman suffering a fatal heart attack while watching Mel Gibson's film, The Passion.
The movie has been criticized for it's graphic portrayal of Jesus' death. Religious leaders around the country and here in Wichita say people need to be prepared for the graphic brutality.

Whether Law's death and the timing in the film are related, we will never know, but religious and medical officials stress this film is not for the faint-hearted.
And while the film has been accused of being anti-semitic by blaming the death of Jesus on the Jews, Hutton Gibson, 85 year old father of Mel, has taken the issue further in a vitriolic radio interview this past Monday. From the New York Daily News:
"They're after one world religion and one world government...That's why they've attacked the Catholic Church so strongly, to ultimately take control over it by their doctrine."

"They claimed that there were 6.2 million in Poland before the war, and they claimed after the war there were 200,000 - therefore he must have killed 6 million of them," he said. "They simply got up and left! They were all over the Bronx and Brooklyn and Sydney, Australia, and Los Angeles."

"It's all - maybe not all fiction - but most of it is," he said.

"Is the Jew still actively anti-Christian? He is, for by being a Jew, he is anti-everyone else."
Son Mel has come under fire for not publicly renouncing his father's appaling views.
Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League said...he's troubled by Mel Gibson's failure to condemn his father's beliefs, and pointed to a recent interview where Gibson said his dad never lied to him.
It's really astonishing that, in this day and age, someone can get away with making a brutally soulless film about Jesus Christ delivered in the guise of religion but informed by hatred. Yet, it's seems that religion and hate go hand in hand these days...


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