Judaism

Gibson to Remove Controversial Scene from Film

February 4, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/04/movies/04PASS.html

On February 4, 2004 The New York Times reported that "Mel Gibson, responding to focus groups as much as to protests by Jewish critics, has decided to delete a controversial scene about Jews from his film, 'The Passion of the Christ,' a close associate said today.

A scene in the film, in which the Jewish high priest Caiaphas calls down a kind of curse on the Jewish people by...

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Interfaith Service in South Carolina

January 31, 2004

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/7840904.htm

On January 31, 2004 The State reported, "People of faith from a wide range of traditions came together at Washington Street United Methodist Church Friday night to affirm their commitment to fight poverty and injustice in the world. The interfaith worship service, which drew a diverse crowd of more than 200, was part of the People’s Agenda for Economic Justice, a two-day effort...

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Opinion: Secularism Essential for a Cohesive Society; Religious Symbols Promote Individualism

January 30, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/30/opinion/30COQ.html

On January 30, 2004 The New York Times ran an op-ed piece by Guy Coq, author of a book on secularism in France, in which he argued for the value of laïcité, the closed French word to "secularism." Coq writes, "Our uneasiness about head scarves and other religious symbols in schools is a result of our long, often painful, history. If we bow to demands to allow the practice of religion...

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European Commission President To Receive Jewish Award for Cultural Diversity

January 30, 2004

Source: Ha-Aretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/388615.html

On January 30, 2004 Ha-Aretz reported, "European Commission President Romano Prodi will receive a humanitarian award Feb. 2 from the Vienna-based Rabbinical Center of Europe for his efforts to promote cultural diversity and dialogue, the EU head office said yesterday. It said he will also participate in the inauguration of the first European Jewish Teacher's Academy in Vienna since World War II. The previous...

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Christians Act Against Gibson's The Passion

January 30, 2004

Source: Forward

http://www.forward.com/issues/2004/04.01.30/news7.html

On January 30, 2004 Forward reported, "With the controversial film "The Passion of the Christ" set to open next month, some Christian groups are launching campaigns to counter theological errors that may exist in Mel Gibson's account of the death of Jesus, while several Roman Catholic scholars are calling on their church to outline publicly its doctrinal belief as a counterbalance to the movie....

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Justice Dept. Backs Jewish Congregation in Florida Zoning Battle

January 28, 2004

Source: The Miami Herald

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On January 28, 2004 The Miami Herald reported, "The Justice Department is throwing its support behind congregations Midrash Sephardi and Young Israel of Bal Harbour, which are challenging local zoning laws that prohibit them from holding prayer services within the town's two-block-long business district. The congregations, with about 100 total members, are appealing the dismissal of their 1999 lawsuit accusing the town of religious...

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Deputy Foreign Minister: No Peace Without Addressing Religious Issues in Mideast

January 27, 2004

Source: Ha-Aretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/386473.html

On January 27, 2004 Ha-Aretz reported, "Muslim leaders from the territories met in Cairo a few days ago, with guests Rabbi Menahem Fruman and Rabbi Michael Melchior [Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister]. Unless religion is brought into the picture, says Melchior, no agreement can be forged. Last week, January 12-15, an unusual conference featuring 35 religious leaders from the Gaza Strip and West Bank was held in...

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Fast-Growing Jewish Community Proof of Post-War Reconciliation

January 27, 2004

Source: United Jewish Communities

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=100311

On January 27, 2004 United Jewish Communities posted a Deutsche Presse-Agentur article that reported, "Germany's fast-growing Jewish community is the best illustration of post-war reconciliation, the president of Berlin's parliament said Tuesday in an annual speech of atonement for the Holocaust. 'A special proof is that Jews are again living in Germany,' said...

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In Lehigh Valley, Interfaith Dialogue on The Passion

January 25, 2004

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/opinion/all-editorial2jan25,0,6806728.story?coll=all-newsopinion-hed

On January 25, 2004 The Morning Call reported on efforts to educate movie viewers in the wake of the release of Mel Gibson's The Passion. In Pennsylvania, "the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, based at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, plans a public forum Tuesday. The forum will feature Mary Boys...

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History of Diversity in Southern New Jersey

January 24, 2004

Source: The Press of Atlantic City

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/lifestyle/012404J24OLDCHURCHES.html

On January 24, 2004 The Press of Atlantic City reported on the diverse history of religious migration to Southern New Jersey. The article traces the migration of Quakers, Baptists and "Separatists" from the Church of England in the late 17th century, Welsh Baptists, Presbyterians, African-American Christians, Catholics, Jews, and the...

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Poll: One in Five Britons Would Not Want Jewish Prime Minister

January 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3423155.stm

On January 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Nearly one in five Britons would not want a Jewish prime minister, a poll has found. The ICM survey for the Jewish Chronicle also suggested one in seven Britons believed Jewish suffering in the Holocaust had been exaggerated. The poll comes as the Conservative Party gears up for the next election under a Jewish leader, Michael Howard. Home Secretary David Blunkett told...

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Jewish Groups Call Gibson Film Anti-Semitic

January 23, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.indystar.com/articles/2/113969-8752-010.html

On January 23, 2004 The Associated Press reported that "representatives of two Jewish groups who attended screenings of Mel Gibson's upcoming movie 'The Passion of the Christ' said Thursday it contained offensive stereotypes about the Jewish role in the crucifixion. The American Jewish Committee said the movie contained 'unnecessary and destructive imagery of Jews' and 'represents a...

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