Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Which side is the bigotry on?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 25, 2003

Have you ever been scolded for criticizing a movie you haven't seen, or a book you haven't read? The standard liberal line is that, no matter how offensive the subject is, you can't talk about it until you've experienced it.

So it's curious that the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed on Mel Gibson's forthcoming movie, The Passion. That's right; his forthcoming movie. Nobody has seen it yet. Not even the final screenplay is available.

But that didn't stop Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Weisenthal Center from writing, along with his colleague Marvin Hackman, to say that the movie is anti-Semitic.

If you're familiar with Hier's track record, you know that he accusations of anti-Semitism are his stock in trade. But take a close look at his logic:

The passion of Christ  the crucifixion and hours leading up to it  has been used by bigots, including popes and kings, to inflame anti-Semitism through the ages... Any film about such a sensitive subject would set off alarm bells.

So now we're not supposed to talk about the Crucifixion?

You might find yourself wondering, as I wonder, why the LA Times published an essay that look an awful lot like an effort at censoring Catholics. You might find yourself writing a letter to the editor on that topic.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($13,238 to go):
$35,000.00 $21,761.73
38% 62%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2003 4:44 PM ET USA

    To certain loud so-called "Jews" anything about Jesus is "anti-semitic." In fact, however, the worst anti-Semitism is the slaughter and expulsion of the SEMITIC Palestinians by the non-Semitic, Eurasian, so-called "Jews," the Israelis. How long before the biggest lie ever told will be unmasked ?

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

On annulments, the process is not the problem 4 hours ago
Eucharistic Adoration, a Sure Sign of Catholic Renewal 20 hours ago
The Mystery of Music, Part II September 22
Our Spiritual Destiny and the Horror of War September 19
The Islamic roots of terrorism must be addressed September 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18