The Passion of the Christ (letter)by Frank BelletNews Weekly
, March 27, 2004
It is interesting to study the hysterical antics of the critics of Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ
, as they switch from one argument to another, depending on how effectively they perceive their criticism is travelling.
Following the unsustainable charge that the movie was anti-Semitic (something that was discounted by some Jewish rabbis) they switched their attacks, claiming the film was too violent - an interesting observation, coming particularly from Hollywood.
After all, if Christ could suffer such violence, all day and in real life, surely the tender hearts of Hollywood could suffer a few hours of violence while roughing it in padded theatre seats.
One Hollywood type cautioned that "Gibson might not work again". If I earned $170 million in two weeks, "not working again" would be the least of my worries.
Another critic who obviously made a decision early in life to go into B Grade movies rather than rocket science, opined that while being critical of Gibson, he was not critical of the nasty movie Kill Bill
because the latter was "make believe".
It must be devastating for that section of the media which is secular humanist and for their equally culpable bedfellows in the legislature and judiciary, who have worked so assiduously over five decades to break down the moral code in our society so that it reflected their own, to be threatened by a blockbuster movie which could undo some of the devil's work they have been accumulating over the years.
Personally, I believe that those who say, somewhat extremely, that they hated the movie, also hated the book.Frank Bellet,