- Editor's Note: The following could very well be disinformation,
so take it "cum grano salis," though at the very least Evans'
article is an indication of the fearsome pressure that will be brought
to bear on Mel Gibson between now and the nationwide premiere of his movie
on February 25.
- Still, I don't feel sorry for Mel. He is in the enviable
position of being able to achieve a vast amount of good while defying the
Judaic System operated by the very ideological heirs of those who crucified
Gibson's Messiah. And folks with a lot less than a $100 million bucks to
their name have stood up to the rabbis, so mega-bucks Mel ought to be able
to find the intenstinal fortitude to release his "Holy Ghost"
inspired movie exactly as the Holy Ghost dictated it, i.e. without the
least intervention or redaction from the spiritual children of the Pharisees.
- Mel Gibson Agrees To Change 'Passion' To Combat
- By Mike Evans
- I was recently invited to a special screening of "The
Passion of the Christ" in Dallas to make recommendations regarding
the film. My agent-attorney, Tom Winters of Tulsa, my pastor, who is an
Assemblies of God official, and 30 other leaders were also invited. At
the end of the screening, Mr. Gibson humbly asked if we felt the film could
incite anti-Semitism and, if so, what could be done to avoid it.
- I explained to Mr. Gibson that the Crucifixion story
has been used by anti-Semites to feed and fuel Jew-hatred throughout history,
and that anti-Semitism has risen throughout the world to levels not seen
since the days of Hitler. I further stated that the film, in its present
form, could incite violence against Jews in the former USSR, Muslim countries
and Europe, and could even result in Jews being killed.
- I related to Mr. Gibson that the Christian church in
Germany supported Hitler, and a major reason for that support was the belief
that Jews were suffering for their sin of crucifying the Savior. Oswald
J. Smith of the People's Church in Toronto, who visited Germany in 1936,
said: "Every true Christian in Germany is for Hitler. I know, for
it was from the Christians that I got my information, and right or wrong
they endorse Hitler." I also told him that great numbers in the Muslim
world teach Hitler's evil myths to their children, even in the schools.
This is the reason it is so very important to correct this. Purely and
simply, the foundation of terrorism is firmly imbedded in bigotry!
- Mr. Gibson listened intently, hung his head, and was
deeply moved. "What can I do," he asked? I responded, "When
the last scene ends go to black, scroll these words across the screen:
"During the Roman occupation, 250,000 Jews were crucified by the Romans,
but only One rose from the dead."
- "By doing this," I said, "instead of feeding
Jew-hatred, you will be fighting it. You will be communicating the suffering
of all Jews under Roman occupation. By simply inserting this statement,
those who desire to use the film to incite hatred toward Jews will be deterred.
- "Those who might use the movie to incite Jew-hatred
would know that they would be doing just the opposite - challenging the
evil myths (that Jews are cursed for crucifying Christ and are Christ-killers)
taught throughout history, and still today. In addition, 'The Passion of
the Christ' would be the first Jesus film produced to fight anti-Semitism
by telling the true story of Jewish suffering during the time of Christ."
- Mel Gibson became very excited, and said, "Perfect!
I will do it. Yes, I will do it. I needed something for that spot anyway.
This is it. I will do it. Thank you."
- At the showing in Dallas, no one was given a legal form
to sign, so I am not bound to a confidentiality agreement. Why am I speaking
out now? Because the film was screened when I was in Orlando on Jan. 21
and 22. I realized that leaders in the Jewish community were still extremely
worried about increased anti-Semitism because of the film.
- I became convinced it was time to let the Jewish community
know that Mr. Gibson is very concerned, and is making a historic contribution
to combat anti-Semitism. Never before has any effort been made in any Jesus
film to correct the myths and misinformation propagated by Jew-hatred.
- "The Passion of the Christ" opens on Feb. 25,
Ash Wednesday. Get Michael Evans'best-selling book FREE today only! Michael
D. Evans is the chairman of the board of the Corrie ten Boom Foundation
in Haarlem, Holland. The foundation combats anti-Semitism. Most of the
ten Boom family died fighting anti-Semitism during the Holocaust. Dr Billy
Graham produced a movie on their story, "The Hiding Place." Evans
is also the author of "Beyond Iraq: The Next Move," an Amazon
No. 2 and a New York Times best-seller, and founder of America's largest
Christian coalition praying for the peace of Jerusalem, Jerusalem Prayer
Team.org, including Joseph Farah, Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson,
Kay Arthur, John Maxwell and over 300 national leaders on the board of
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