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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Next time, listen to the Jews


Probably you've heard of Mel Gibson's alleged drunken anti-Semitic outburst.

Gibson's comments 'despicable,' he says

In a statement issued Saturday through his publicist, Gibson said: "I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable."

The report of Gibson's outburst struck some who were already wary of what they saw as anti-Semitic overtones in his 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ and who think he has failed to disassociate himself clearly enough from remarks by his father denying the Holocaust ever occurred.

"If it's true what's reported, frequently hatred, bigotry and prejudice ... explodes at moments of stress and crisis," said Rabbi Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.


(I won't pass judgment on Gibson since, very often, these types of news reports are highly inaccurate.)

But, assuming the reports are true, it raises a point:

The Jews were probably right and we Christians were probably wrong.

If anti-Semitic sentiments came out of Gibson in a drunken binge, isn't it very likely that some also came out in his movie? I think yes. Almost for sure.

Most non-Jews didn't detect any anti-Semitism in The Passion of the Christ. Many Jews did. (I didn't see it.)

If you are in the majority then you are probably blind to prejudice against minorities.

So, the next time some minority group speak up about racism YOU SHOULD LISTEN.

Most likely, the minority-person perceives what you are blinded to and they are not just making it up.

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