Jewish-Christian surveys show ‘Passion’ not generating anti-Semitism
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- According to two recent surveys, “The Passion of the Christ” has not caused an increase in anti-Semitic sentiment among Americans nor has it caused an increase in the number of Americans who blame Jews today for the death of Jesus.

The surveys were conducted at the beginning of March, one week after the film was released, in light of the claims made by the Anti-Defamation League and others that Mel Gibson’s film about Christ’s Passion and crucifixion is anti-Semitic.

The first survey was conducted by the San Francisco-based @CROSS: No blame,  Institute for Jewish and Community Research. The survey included about 1,000 randomly chosen respondents. Some respondents had not seen the film but were familiar with its details.

Of those surveyed, 83 percent said the film has not caused them to blame Jews today for the death of Jesus. Nine percent said the film made them even less prone to see Jews today as responsible for the crucifixion and only two percent said they now felt a greater tendency to blame the Jews for killing Jesus.

Similar findings also emerged from a survey conducted by the Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

A large majority of the 2,500 respondents in the Internet survey said all of humanity is responsible for Christ's death. Only 1.7 percent said they blame the Jews for the crucifixion.

Orthodox Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who heads the Fellowship, says the data proves that American Christians have abandoned the idea that Jews are responsible for the death of Jesus.

"They have a far deeper and more nuanced understanding of Scripture than many Jewish leaders give them credit for," he said.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 21, 2014


All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

Gospel:: Lk 1: 26-38

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27