Monday, March 08, 2004

A Prediction

In my previous post, I alluded to the noticeable lack of any actual anti-Jewish reaction among Christians resulting from Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ". Of course, that hasn't prevented some pundits from continuing to wring their hands about the anti-semitic "potential" of the movie.

Well, bookmark this post, because I am making a prediction: Sooner or later, someone, somewhere will make an anti-semitic remark or engage in some form of anti-semitic behavior which will make the news. That person, on further investigation, will be revealed to be or to have been at one time a member of a Christian church. Further probing will reveal that this person, in fact, saw "The Passion of The Christ". It might have been a month, or a year, before the incident. But that will make no difference. In the minds and in the op-ed columns of the professional axe-grinders and hand-wringers, their thesis will be proved: "See!" they will shout. "We said all along that 'The Passion' was anti-semitic." And there will be a renewed burst of lamentation at this beginning of the foretold "wave" of anti-semitism resulting from the movie.

Mark this well, also: There will not be any disclaimers (commonly granted to Islamofacists) about how that person's extremism can't be taken as "representative" of Christians or the Christian faith. The problem, they will say, is clearly Christianity's fundamental and irremediable anti-semitism. There will be renewed demands that Christian churches reshape their doctrine to satisfy the hand-wringers. And some Christian leaders and churches, long-schooled in tremulous acquiescence to any charge of anti-semitism, no matter how absurd, will comply.

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