Tuesday, March 16, 2004

"The Passion of the Christ" is now pushing the $300 million mark, and I'm still waiting for the anti-Semitic violence and mayhem that we were assured would break out.

An associate of mine recently pointed out the notable lack of incidents to one of the fear-mongers. The fear-monger's response was something like "Well, of course it's not going to be anything blatant like that. The harmful effects of this film are much more subtle and insidious." In other words: "I do not now, nor will I ever have, a shred of proof that this film is harmful. Instead I will offer an unfalsifiable claim, that no amount of peace and good relations will be able to disprove."

And yet, to their horror, it is being disproved. Check out this story:
A new poll suggests fears that "The Passion of the Christ" would trigger anti-Semitism were unwarranted.

A nationwide survey conducted for the Institute for Jewish and Community Research finds that 83 percent of Americans familiar with the film say it's made them neither more nor less likely to blame today's Jews for Jesus' crucifixion. Nine percent said Mel Gibson's film actually has made them less likely to blame today's Jews, while less than 2 percent said they're more likely to fault modern Jews or Jewish institutions.

The Institute's president, Gary Tobin, added that discussion of the issue has probably been good for Christian-Jewish relations.
So what do you think the chances are that Abraham Foxman, Shmuley Boteach, Charles Krauthammer, and the rest of the alarmists will admit they cried 'wolf'?

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