My prediction of yesterday was fulfilled almost as I uttered it.
A reader calls our attention to a CNN.com story of the vandalism of a Denver synagogue.
When asked who might have been responsible for spraying Nazi graffiti on the synagogue, only one answer leapt to mind:
Rabbi Daniel Cohen said the vandalism may have been sparked by Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," which just finished its second weekend as the No. 1 movie in the country. The movie, which some believe wrongly blames Jews for the death of Christ, has been criticized as anti-Semitic.
That's right, rabbi. We've all seen those mobs of angry Christians leaving the movie theatres looking for Jews to beat up...
Of course, we all know how much Hitler and the Nazis loved the Catholic church... And we all know how modern neo-nazis are mostly church-goin', bible-totin', scripture-quotin' folks...
But who needs evidence when you're sure:
Elise Zakroff said she was sure the film inspired the graffiti.
"What Mel Gibson did is terrible," Zakroff said. "It is happening all over. We are tired of anti-Semitism. All we want is peace."
Why look for the actual culprit and punish him when you can blame a movie?
I amend my prediction: from here on out, any sort of anti-semitic activity anywhere will be linked to "The Passion" and Mel Gibson. The Lawsuit, as one reader also predicted, will not be far behind. Also not far behind will be rehashing of claims that the Vatican aided and abetted the Nazis, and renewed demands that the Catholic Church condemn Gibson and his movie. When Rome fails to acquiesce, this failure will itself be hailed as proof that the Catholic faith is inherently anti-semitic.