GABRIEL'S CLARION (oct3gab.htm)


October 3-9, 2004
Sunday-Saturday
vol 15, no. 175

What Would We Do Without Them? Reach Heaven!


    Already proved insignificant, the few relentless critics of Mel Gibson are really urked over the phenomenal success of the DVD and video of Mel Gibson's masterpiece The Passion of The Christ, and so they have re-emerged from their holes, trying to resurrect their hollow echo of anti-Semitism in the film. What they are doing is trying to poison souls about the dangers of having such an incendiary device as the DVD in their homes. Raising false concerns that Christians will be foaming at the mouth. Oh, the horror!!! When will these raving handful of idiots raise the white flag and realize they have lost? Mel won a long time ago. As Gabriel puts it: "If an empty intellectual speaks and nobody listens, is there a sound and is there a clue where someone is too arrogant to accept that their words mean nothing?"

      "The statement The Passion of the Christ, Jewish Pain, and Christian Responsibility: A Response to Mel Gibson's Film, signed by over one hundred so-called Christian educators and leaders, is merely the latest pathetic swipe by the false Pharisees of this age against the majesty, truth, and glory of God Almighty's Plan for Human Salvation and Our Lord's ultimate Sacrifice. Its phrases and words of concern only rehash previous ramblings used in an attempt to censor this film while patronizing any who love this film or who do not accept these arrogant, pompous ramblings as the absolute truth. While it is tragic that anyone professing to be a true Christian would buy any of these ramblings, it is even more unfortunate that this hypocritical, disproven, and discredited dribble is even given the light of day. However, we must understand that these cries are consistent with and supported by the majority of the media, entertainment, and educational elite, and therefore once again we see rubbish raised to the rafters because it follows the scripts of political correctness and biased hypocrisy. We can take comfort, however, that the success and impact of this film, surely continued in its DVD format, has and will continue to attest to the importance, purity, and majesty of its various messages."

    We all recall the great controversy, attacks, and warnings of dire chaos surrounding the release of Mel Gibson's epic The Passion of The Christ 6 months ago. As the dust of success and impression cleared, all of this controversy and these attacks and warnings were further revealed as merely hypocritical, ignorant, biased, and arrogant ramblings of the self-crowned new breed of Pharisees which deserve the same treatment which Our Lord rendered to their ancient predecessors! Now, with the release of the Passion DVD and sales of over 9 million in the first 3 weeks once again breaking all previous records, these heinous hucksters of hypocritical hype have once again crawled out of their hallowed holes of humus to cry their empty, shrill shrieks of sanctimonious sarcasm. Their pathetic pleadings point to arrogance and overblown self-importance!

    If one is to believe or even conceive that anything these people say is worth a dime, we are led to ask what we could possibly do without these paragons of pathetic pride and Arrogance run amok to guide us? Most likely, we would have a better chance to reach the salvation which The Almighty wants us to seek. Let us merely stand back and ask Our Lord for the mercy, forgiveness, and assistance we need to save ourselves and others while these clueless clowns intoxicated in their own intellect continue to ramble to the air which has clearly paid little attention to their two cent tripe!

Signed Sham

    Muhlenberg College's Institute For Jewish-Christian Understanding released a so-called Statement by Concerned Christians this past September which was signed by 121 so-called "Christian leaders" in critical response to the release of Mel's masterpiece on DVD. In a statement entitled "The Passion of the Christ" Jewish Pain, and Christian Responsibility: A Response to Mel Gibson's Film, these agents of arrogance express concern that the efforts to educate and encourage discussion which many of them spearheaded upon the original showing of the movie will not be available "in private showings in years to come". The statement is basically a petition by supposedly erudite Christian educators calling on all of us to bow before their supreme knowledge and sensitivity to Jewish concerns and unfair portrayals. Although only Christians signed this trash, I am sure that such famed and equally arrogant intellectual fools as Paula Fredricksen and her ilk would have injured themselves to sign this dribble if given the chance.

    This rubbish begins with a rehash of the often recited concerns regarding Passion Plays and their impact on Antisemitism. What follows is largely an apology for historical hatred against Jews encited and encouraged by Christianity and a call for Christians to lead the efforts to increase awareness of and mitigate these negative influences. In that vein, the statement makes the following suggestions:

  • Viewers must never see this film as having any basis in history or fact due to its fictitious, unbiblical, subjective, and biased representations which are either not supported by the gospels or represent their own biases. Many of the film's images represent an extreme, unrealistic and graphic distortion of historical and medical fact.
  • The film contains many anti-Jewish elements often discussed earlier including the negative portrayal of Jewish leaders, the central role of Jews in Christ's death, the transformation of Jewish children into demons, the earthquake which focuses on the Jewish temple, the sympathetic portrayal of Pilate as compared to Caiaphas, an even the artistry, musical score, costuming, set design, and characterization all exemplify the hateful tradition of anti-Jewish Passion plays over the supposed notion that universal human sinfulness crucified Christ.
  • The signers dissent from Christian colleagues who commend the film while "ignoring its serious defects" Simply put, those who love this film are turning a deaf ear to the "pain and concern of the Jewish community about the film".
  • Future private viewings of this film will be carried out without the discussion, expert analysis, and deep guidance of these learned leaders of spiritual thought (my summary and translation of their dribble).
  • Working toward the reconciliation of Christians and Jews is consistent with Christ's call that we love one another, and working to combat this film's negative effects is consistent with both that struggle and that example.

    John Merkle of the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning in St. Paul and Collegeville, MN, who teaches theology at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Collegeville, and Peter A. Pettit, director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding of Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, partnered in releasing the statement principally authored by Pettit. Merkle asks "What is there to stop a group of young teens from just popping this into the DVD player some afternoon…then we have one more generation that will have to unlearn these despicable images and accusations against the Jewish people." Pettit adds that it should not fall on the Jewish community to monitor such films in churches and private Christian homes, and that this is all a question of "Christian honesty about Christian shortcomings and Christian responsibility" to apply the notion of "Love Thy Neighbor" which "Christians learned from Jews anyway".

Reading Between The Drivel

    As one reads this pathetic statement one cannot help but experience nausea at the arrogant, biased, and hypocritical tone of this sham. I do not know what is worse, the fact that anyone claiming to be a Christian would buy this tripe, or the fact that 121 people signed this rubbish. Among those clueless self-absorbed fools who did sign, we find the infamous Mary C. Boys, already a well-known hater of Mel Gibson, this film, and anything which even winks at basic, true Catholic teaching. The rest of the signers are equally biased against this film but much more insignificant in terms of notoriety and fame. Just a few direct references to the statement's phrases will reveal where these pompous people are coming from!

    The statement tells us that many who see the film are honestly unaware of its anti-Jewish elements. In other words, many who like this movie are too dumb to pick up on its bigoted elements, but here come our learned spiritual guides to our rescue! To these arrogant fools we answer that we are smart enough to pick up on their own bigoted beliefs and statements, and to read between their superficial cries of political correctness and pompous self-importance. We are aware of what critics have called such bigoted elements, but we reject these claims as biased and trivial in the face of the powerful majesty, truth, and spiritual value of this masterpiece. In fact, it is these clueless intellectuals who are too dumb to figure out that the vast majority of Christians and many fans of film have completely ignored and will continue to ignore the trivial, pathetic pleadings of insignificant fools drowning in their own self-importance. If an empty intellectual speaks and nobody listens, is there a sound and is there a clue where someone is too arrogant to accept that their words mean nothing?

    The statement adds that it is lamentable that Christian leaders so easily pass over its anti-Jewish character in favor of what they perceive to be its positive aspects. In other words, the movie has no positive aspects and anyone who thinks that this movie has any positive aspects is either stupid, lost, misinformed, or has been fooled. To this continued assault on the intelligence of those who love this film, we answer that it is only the bias and hatred which these fools have against this film which prevents them from seeing its positive aspects.

    Our learned savants tell us that they have little comfort…that anti-Semitic violence has not occurred. In other words, these clueless intellectuals tell us that this movie will cause rioting and mass violence, and when it does not, they then tell us that this does not matter, because it is the movie's infusion of hatred against Jews and repetition of anti-Jewish accusations that is the problem. Also, they cite the danger of repeated private viewings as eventually fomenting and infecting future generations with Jewish hatred. This is like a weather forecaster telling us that a storm will destroy the city, and then when nothing happens, he tells us that it does not matter because it is the danger of similar storms in the future and in general that matters. How pathetic and tragic is this brand of reasoning and justification? To these superficial high priests of theological theatrics we answer that it does matter to us that the reality of no violence against Jews has merely shown how empty, pathetic, and wrong these pompous intellectuals have been. As they wipe the egg from their face and take a pause from eating crow, they try to tell us that their concerns are still valid…please!

    Our apologetic Christian clueless state that Christian insensitivity to Jewish pain and suffering is inexcusable. In other words, these fools tell us that there is no excuse for Christians offending Jews as if this was some kind of rampant plague. Where were these same critics in the numerous instances where Jews have either supported or ignored media and entertainment offenses against Christian beliefs and traditions? I did not see any signed statements by these Christian educators or any Jewish leaders decrying blasphemous portrayals of Our Lady in dung at The Brooklyn Museum of Art or similar sacrileges against Our Lord in The Last Temptation of Christ and similar works! Well, where were these hypocrites then??? Perhaps it is excusable to offend Catholics, for example, because Jewish media and entertainment leaders are free to do so, but if any of them do not like the way some Jews are portrayed in a masterpiece work of art, look out! One should look at the profound and powerful writings of Rabbi Daniel Lapin, President of Toward Tradition, a national organization that seeks to foster Judeo-Christian relations, who has spoken out against the biased, selective hypocrisy of many Jewish leaders in protesting only when they feel Jews have been harmed but never when Christians are harmed. Recently, The Academy Awards honored the Hitler's Nazi filmmaker with no complaint from either Jews or these Christian leaders. Do not hold your breath waiting for any trophies to go Mel's way!

Conclusion

    The statement The Passion of the Christ, Jewish Pain, and Christian Responsibility: A Response to Mel Gibson's Film, signed by over one hundred so-called Christian educators and leaders, is merely the latest pathetic swipe by the false Pharisees of this age against the majesty, truth, and glory of God Almighty's Plan for Human Salvation and Our Lord's ultimate Sacrifice. Its phrases and words of concern only rehash previous ramblings used in an attempt to censor this film while patronizing any who love this film or who do not accept these arrogant, pompous ramblings as the absolute truth. While it is tragic that anyone professing to be a true Christian would buy any of these ramblings, it is even more unfortunate that this hypocritical, disproven, and discredited dribble is even given the light of day. However, we must understand that these cries are consistent with and supported by the majority of the media, entertainment, and educational elite, and therefore once again we see rubbish raised to the rafters because it follows the scripts of political correctness and biased hypocrisy. We can take comfort, however, that the success and impact of this film, surely continued in its DVD format, has and will continue to attest to the importance, purity, and majesty of its various messages.

    Where unbiased eyes see the pure majesty, love, and mercy of Almighty God, these biased and arrogant eyes with their own agenda see hatred, lies, deception, and harm. Hopefully, the passage of time will merely provide further compelling evidence of both the power and importance of this film and the triviality and insignificance of these pathetic pleas by equally trivial, insignificant, and forgettable scribes of supposed spirituality. We know that both Mel and his masterpiece will long be remembered while these clueless intellectuals will long and thankfully be forgotten in the sands of time!

Gabriel Garnica


    Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.


    Gabriel's Clarion
    October 3-9, 2004
    Volume 15, no. 175