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Saturday, March 20, 2004

The passion against the The Passion...

Charlie Reece on why secularists hate "The Passion of the Christ"

Mel Gibson, the actor and director, has done Christians a favor with his movie "The Passion of the Christ"... remind[ing] Christians of the malevolence many secularists feel toward them and their religion. I have never seen the level of personal attacks directed against Gibson launched against any other director, plenty of whom have produced bloody garbage and soft porn. Even when the Disney people hired a convicted pedophile to direct a movie that had pedophile overtones, the critics were all "ho-hum" and "so what."

What you've seen spewed out against Gibson is pure venom, a hatred that goes far beyond any critical disagreement as to the merits of the movie. The attacks have been vicious and personal. He's been called an anti-Semite, a sadomasochist, a wacko and Lord knows what else. It is far more revealing of the nature of his critics than it is of him. Gibson is a Christian and a near genius as a moviemaker. He is not an anti-Semite, unless you accept the definition that an anti-Semite is anyone Jews hate...

All of this malevolence directed at Gibson is also directed at ...Christians. Don't kid yourself.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

10:08:00 pm