Nathan at the Southern Conservatives
blog makes the same point I've wanted to post about the Mel Gibson film "Passion" and its controversy. The crucifixion of Jesus was a foregone conclusion long before it happened, by design greater than men. Jews don't have to accept Jesus as Messiah or the Lamb of God but they know that's what Christians believe, just like we're all expected to accept Muslims, Hindus and members of other faiths on their own terms. I find it hard to believe that any depiction of the Crucifixion can be more divisive than the countless other examples in the last 100 years of cinema. I also find it hard to believe that very many Jews will be offended by it. Any nominal Christians incited by it would be ones with an unhealthy and incomplete understanding of their own faith, anyway.
Personally, I wanted to make a Jesus film in authentic Aramaic
and Latin, but now Mel Gibson has gone and done it for me, saving me years of struggle and millions of dollars. I greatly appreciate this commitment to realism and it convinces me that Gibson really does care more about making a work of art than another big chunk of money, which he can always make anytime. Somebody needs to carry this film and stop any and all attempts to censor it.