Tuesday, August 01, 2006
James Mee, the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunk driving, downplayed the celebrity's anti-Semitic tirade as "Just booze talking". I'm not cutting him that much slack. Alcohol lowers people's inhibitions, causing them to say things which their normal self restraint would have prevented them from saying when they are sober. Alcohol does not change a person's opinions or character. It simply reveals what is inside that we usually don't let out. Unfortunately, this gives credence to Gibson's critics who attacked his film "The Passion of the Christ" as anti-Semitic. While the film did present an unflattering view of the Jewish religious leaders who conspired to put Jesus to death, it must be pointed out that the disciples who defended Jesus and Jesus himself are also Jewish. The Jews are God's chosen people, and those who try to harm them will eventually answer to a power even more fearsome than the Israeli military. In any conflict between the Jews and those who wish to destory the Jews, you will find me firmly on the side of the Jews. Some people will try to conflate Gibson's abhorrent views with Jesus or Christianity. However, one person's views which are entirely contrary to the teachings of Christ and the Christian Church reflect on that person, not on Christ. Perhaps this should be a lesson to the Church not to count on Hollywood to deliver the message that we should be communicating to the people we are in contact with every day.
Posted by Don Dodson at 9:35 AM