Monday, August 28, 2006

Help for Mel Gibson's Bewildered Fans (and for Mel Gibson)

No one seems to know where Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade came from, least of all Mel Gibson. As James Hirsen of Newsmax put it on Tucker!, "It didn't just surprise everyone else, it didn't surprise just me. It surprised Mel Gibson." The fundagelicals' favorite Jewish movie critic, Michael Medved, couldn't explain it either. He just needs Mel to "tamp it down," and whatever "inner hatred" Mel is struggling with, Michael Moore "has done far more damage to the Jewish community" than Mel Gibson could ever imagine. Father Jonathan, Fox News' resident Catholic theologian, worked with Gibson on The Passion of the Christ for over a year, and he's sure Mel's not anti-Semitic. Otherwise, Father Jonathan wouldn't have worked with him. (And we know the Catholic Church has never been associated with anti-Semitism.) All Passion cheerleader Jennifer Geroux knew was that, somehow, "this is spiritual warfare." (Against whom? Mel? Booze? Anti-Semitism? Jews?) Pat Robertson seemed most bewildered. In search of an explanation, he even abandoned his usual contempt for secular psychology and speculated that little baby Mel might have unconsciously absorbed his holocaust-denying father's attitude toward Jews.

But the one thing Pat and all the others know is, Mel Gibson is not anti-Semitic. So where did Mel get the idea that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world?

Maybe Mel got it from Robertson's 1991 book, The New World Order (Word Publishing, 1991). Pat reveals that "European Bankers" [wink, wink] were responsible for the French Revolution (p. 68), communism (p. 69), World War I (pp. 65-66), and World War II (p. 101). Robertson is somewhat amibiguous on the origins of the Civil War, or, as he calls it, the War of Northern Aggression (p. 50), but he is absolutely unambiguous about how the "European Bankers" [wink, wink] ordered the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. In other words, "European Bankers" [wink, wink] are responsible for all the major turmoil in the world over the last 200+ years.

It pains me to see so many good folks in such bewildered agony. I hope this helps.


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