Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ” is a powerful, potent, emotionally overwhelming work of art—and no fair-minded person could describe it as anti-Semitic.
The only times the word “Jew” appears in the subtitles, it’s used positively—in reference to Jesus himself, or Simon of Cyrene who helps him carry the cross. The corrupt priests of the Temple, meanwhile, are never even described as “Jews.”
Hysterical reaction to the film by some Jewish leaders reflects insecurities in our community, more than any hostility from Mel Gibson. It’s true that anti-Semitism is rising around the world—particularly in Islamic nations and in Europe—and we worry about children assaulted and synagogues burned.
But we must remember that the source of Jew hatred today is Islamic extremism and secular Leftism—not Christianity. Devout Christians—including those millions who’re uplifted by this unforgettable film—count as the best friends and defenders of Jews, not our enemies.
I’m Michael Medved.