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    Post Church tries to cool row over Mel Gibson's film about Christ

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/pope/story...151203,00.html

    Church tries to cool row over Mel Gibson's film about Christ

    Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
    Thursday February 19, 2004
    The Guardian

    The Catholic church in America was yesterday set to release church teachings on Jews and reconciliation in an attempt to cool religious passions before the release of Mel Gibson's film about Jesus.
    With the opening of The Passion of the Christ just one week away, religious denominations were braced for the next stage of the controversy over Gibson's interpretations of scripture.

    Gibson, a traditionalist Catholic who refuses to acknowledge church teachings of the past 40 years, has been accused by Jewish organisations of stoking anti-semitism by the way his film presents Jews in the last hours in the life of Christ.

    In a defiant television interview this week, Gibson said: "To be anti-semitic is a sin. To be anti-semitic is to be un-Christian, and I'm not."

    Earlier, Gibson turned down requests by Jewish groups to add a codicil to the film, in which the director would make an appearance to remind viewers that the Romans killed Jesus.

    The refusal - and Gibson's on-screen outburst - has deepened concerns among Jewish groups of a backlash.

    Abe Foxman, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, this week appealed to the Vatican to issue a directive to bishops that the film represents Gibson's personal vision of the Gospels.

    Although The Passion of the Christ earned an R rating for its violent content, it has been adopted by evangelical Christian and conservative groups previously known for their campaigns against on-screen sex and violence.

    This week, the film even piqued the interest of the president's wife, Laura Bush, who is normally adroit at steering away from controversy.

    "I think it sounds very interesting and I'd like to see it," she told reporters in Arkansas.

    Despite repeated requests, Gibson has refused to show his film to the Catholic church in America before general release.

    While he initially struggled to find a distributor, with mainstream networks resistant to the idea of putting a religious film on general release, vigorous promotion by evangelical groups around the country has ensured it a huge audience.

    The film is expected to open at 2,000 cinemas - many at full capacity - which means that Gibson stands a good chance of recouping a large share of the $25m (£13m) he invested in the project.

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    Post Re: Church tries to cool row over Mel Gibson's film about Christ

    I am 100% on your side Mel, hold your ground and fear no evil!

    "E tutti si scandalizzano quando sentono dire: quel tale tipo di mammifero o di uccello ormai è sparito dalla faccia della terra, non lo vedremo più; è una grave perdita. Certo, si tratta di gravissime perdite.
    Ma non sarebbe forse più grave se sparisse una comunità umana?? --Bruno Salvadori

    Seven pictures of northern European males and seven pictures of northern African males were presented randomly via a computer screen to 82 Italian female undergraduates of the University of Padua, Italy.
    Each picture depicted a full frontal face with a neutral facial expression. Participants were asked to classify each picture as either northern Italian or southern Italian.
    On average, the seven pictures depicting northern Europeans were classified as northern Italians 81% of the time. The seven pictures depicting northern Africans were classified as southern Italians 83%
    of the time.



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    Post Re: Church tries to cool row over Mel Gibson's film about Christ

    We need more people like Mel..and Laura Bush .

    I saw a Jew on T.V. claiming the movie was Anti-Semitic because at no time during the movie does a Jew say anything smart.

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    Post Re: Church tries to cool row over Mel Gibson's film about Christ

    Mel is the honour of Christianity.
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