Re: FW: Letter About "The Passion" from Mark Komrad
- Brian Trafford wrote (3/4/2004, 8:34 am):
> [...] I suppose if someone wishes to make the case that...and repeated later (3/4/2004, 10:47 am):
> the Gospels themselves are anti-Semitic (as does
> Crossan for example), then we can proceed on that basis.
> But to level such a charge against this film is unwarranted,
> especially since no real evidence is presented by any who
> have made this charge (including Komrad in this review)
> that any Christians have viewed The Passion as an anti-
> Semitic screed.
> [...] Moreover, Komrad does not offer any evidence thatNovelist Mary Gordon wrote an Op-Ed essay in the NYTimes entitled, "For One
> any Christian seeing this movie came away from it with a
> negative view of Jews.
Catholic, 'Passion' Skews the Meaning of the Crucifixion" (February 28,
2004, http://tinyurl.com/35b96 )
In it she mentioned an example of such 'evidence':
> I understand that people of good faith might be movedThen there was Pastor Maurice Gorden of Denver's Lovingway [sic] United
> by the film. I was in Boston the day of the premiere, Ash
> Wednesday. A woman interviewed on local television
> said that she thought the movie was not about violence
> but about love, that when she saw Jesus' struggle with his
> cross, she saw her own. A minute later, though, a woman
> with ashes on her forehead looked into the camera and
> said, "At least we know who really killed Jesus, and I
> don't have to say who."
Pentecostal Church, who (admittedly in response to the movie) used his
church's marquee the day it opened to proclaim, "'JEWS KILLED THE LORD
JESUS' 1 THESS. 2:14,15 !SETTLED!" ( http://tinyurl.com/386ml ), until
community outrage prompted its removal.
Portland, Oregon, USA