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  • The fact is that all those responsible for the death of Jesus are dead. -- certainly one of the most sensible things one can say about anti-semitism (which is one of my favourite rant subjects.) Blaming Jews for the death of Jesus is just like blaming Americans for the death of Abraham Lincoln.

    Anti-semitism is not different, at its core, from other forms of racism : it files a bunch of very different individuals, who lived at different times and in different countries, under a same totem, which is then proposed as an object of hate to the crowds. And like most forms of racisms, (as we have seen recently during the ethnic wars in eastern Europe and in Africa, or as we see with the raise of anti-semitism in fundamentalist Muslim circles), it's actually pushed forward by people with an agenda: distract people from their own oppression and misery while they seek personal and dictatorial power for themselves. As George Orwell nicely summarized it in 1984, War is Peace, made up enemies to maintain internal peace. I imagine that your religion could consider anti-semitism as a form of idolatry.

    Now considering Mel Gibson's upcoming, er, movie. I disagree with you, because a movie cannot, by nature, adhere stricly to the Bible. Why? Because as long as you're making images up -- and you have to, since you obviously lack photographs of Jesus, Pilate, Caiph, Judas, etc. -- you're doing interpretation. Well, the sole fact of directing a movie is already interpreting the story it tells, everybody who's familiar with the narrative techniques of cinema knows this. Imagine, for example, that even though each line of dialogue comes directly from the Bible, actors who play the Sanhedrin are deliberately made ugly and counterfeit, and speak in a guttural language (say, Aramaic), while Pilate is played by a DiCaprio-lookalike and speaks in a musical and harmonious language (say, Latin.) See my point?

    • "The fact is that all those responsible for the death of Jesus are dead." -- certainly one of the most sensible things one can say about anti-semitism

      And it's completely secular, too, so it requires no theological overhead to accept. I'd like to be able to get all those professing Christianity as well as Jews and others to at least agree on the fact that the Bible doesn't have this bananas idea of blaming the Jews for the death of Christ, even if many professing Christians have said so. Unfortunately

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • I haven't seen Gibson's movie, but I plan to do so, because I don't like having second-hand opinions. (I'll have to reread the Gospels beforehand, though.)
    • Anti-semitism is not different, at its core, from other forms of racism : it files a bunch of very different individuals, who lived at different times and in different countries, under a same totem, which is then proposed as an object of hate to the crowds. And like most forms of racisms, (as we have seen recently during the ethnic wars in eastern Europe and in Africa, or as we see with the raise of anti-semitism in fundamentalist Muslim circles), it's actually pushed forward by people with an agenda: dist

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers