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ABC has posted bits of the interview with Mel Gibson that they're showing tonight about The Passion of the Christ. Some tidbits:

Gibson insists on Primetime he is no anti-Semite, and that anti-Semitism is "un-Christian" and a sin that "goes against the tenets of my faith." When asked who killed Jesus, Gibson says, "The big answer is, we all did. I'll be the first in the culpability stakes here."

"Critics who have a problem with me don't really have a problem with me in this film," Gibson says. "They have a problem with the four Gospels. That's where their problem is."

"Do I believe that there were concentration camps where defenseless and innocent Jews died cruelly under the Nazi regime? Of course I do; absolutely," he says. "It was an atrocity of monumental proportion." Asked if the Holocaust represented a "particular kind of evil," he tells Sawyer it did, but adds, "Why do you need me to tell you? It's like, it's obvious. They're killed because of who and what they are. Is that not evil enough?"

Jesus Christ "was beaten for our iniquities," Gibson says. "He was wounded for our transgressions and by his wounds we are healed. That's the point of the film. It's not about pointing the fingers."


I forgot and missed it (I think it was tonight at 9). I can't imagine he'll say anything surprising here what with the scrutiny. Let us know if anything surprising came up

It was actually at 10. I wish I'd been taking notes, because he seemed to me to have a very sophisticated, carefully thought-out, and well-researched view of the gospels. He knew how to say the basic answer so the listener can get the right idea but then to give the necessary qualifications, making sure that people don't misinterpret what he said. Hey! He's sort of like John Edwards, in contrast to John Kerry, who doesn't tell you what he thinks until after he's done making all his long qualifications. Actually, I think Mel Gibson is much smarter than either one of them, judging just by this interview. He had very satisfying responses to criticisms of possibly disturbing things he's less carefully said in the past, so I could tell he'd been following the coverage and thinking through how to clarify his views.

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