Jewish Leaders Pose As Pastors -
Pan Gibson's 'Passion'


ORLANDO, Florida (AP)) -- Leaders of two Jewish groups are giving negative reviews after posing as pastors so they could attend an advance screening of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."
Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League and Rabbis James Rudin and David Elcott of the American Jewish Committee sat among thousands of pastors, who had been addressed earlier in the day by Gibson himself.
They registered for the conference under a fabricated church name and signed a non-disclosure agreement regarding contents of the film.
But afterwards, they called reporters to complain that the movie includes a verse from the Gospels that historically has been used to blame the Jewish people for killing Jesus. In Matthew 27:25, Jews calling for Jesus' crucifixion say, "His blood be on us and on our children."
Jewish Groups Trash Jesus Movie
Two leading Jewish groups gave a thumbs-down to Mel Gibson's new movie about Jesus, death. Officials of the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee who saw the film at separate screenings said it echoed centuries-old charges that the Jews were behind the crucifixion. "At every single opportunity, Gibson's film reinforces the notion that the Jewish authorities and the Jewish mob are the ones ultimately responsible for the crucifixion," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said. David Elcott, director of interreligious affairs for the AJCommittee, said the movie offers an "ugly" vision of Jews and "reasserts offensive stereotypes about Jews that Catholic and Protestant leaders have overwhelmingly rejected."




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