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Wednesday, 17 March 2004

Topic: The Culture

Mel Gibson is NOT anti-Semitic after all.

And to prove Mel Gibson is not anti-Semitic - really?

Check out this Reuters item:

Mel Gibson: Hanukkah tale next?
Director of 'The Passion of Christ' admits fascination with heroism of the Maccabees.
March 17, 2004: 5:12 PM EST

Reuters reports Gibson says he is now "intrigued" by the revolt of the Maccabees. You know that one - the story behind Hanukkah.

Well, strange things happen when you appear on Fox News and chat with Sean Hannity. Gibson is quoted as saying to the pious and noble Sean, "The story that's always fired my imagination ... is the Book of Maccabees. The Maccabees family stood up, and they made war. They stuck by their guns and they came out winning. It's like a Western."

Huh? Well, maybe so. The background given is that the Maccabees led a three-year war, some two hundred years before the birth of Jesus, against Antiochus, a king who forced the Jews to worship what the Jews considered false gods. And this war led to the liberation of Jerusalem and rededication of the Temple that is celebrated in the Hanukkah holiday.

I'm not sure I remember a western much like that. But you have to give Mel the benefit of the doubt. He's a film guy. He makes lots of money. So if he thinks this is like a western, well, it must be like a western.

And the film he might make here could be epic, and bloody and gruesome. We're talking BIG box office, baby!

Reuters reports also that the Anti-Defamation League national director Abe Foxman is not impressed with Gibson's interest in Jewish history. His view? "My answer would be 'thanks but no thanks.' The last thing we need in Jewish history is to convert our history into a Western. In his hands we may wind up losing."

Jewish comedians.... Abe is channeling Woody Allen. But it is a good line.

So Abe doesn't like Mel, I guess. Or at least he doesn't trust him.

But Mel's film is doing great business. Mel gets the last laugh.


Oh yes, do check out the two best selling books from Sean Hannity.

Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism

Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism

A little light reading like this will make you love Mel.

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Updated: Wednesday, 17 March 2004 15:02 PST home

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