An Exclusive for Axis of Logic
Finding Clarity in the 21st Century Mediaplex.
By Dr. Gerry Lower, Mar 1, 2004
Excerpts from Dr. Lower's Article
"At a time when the Republican White House stands in full breech of Jefferson's guarantee of religious freedom (implemented by the now defunct separation of church and state), Mel Gibson's portrayal of "The Passion of Christ" is a reminder of millennial issues in the world of western Christendom. By and large, these issues were successfully dealt with two centuries ago by America's "founding fathers. ...
"Jesus was not killed by the Jewish people or by the Roman people. The "people" in these worlds have seldom killed anyone, never having been empowered to do so. Most killing is done in the name of things ostensibly larger than "the people. ...
"Mel Gibson's movie is perceived as possibly opening the way for anti-Semitism, insofar as people choose to deal with Christian issues on vengeful, anti-Christian ground. The movie's Director is openly aware that anti-Semitism makes a mockery of Christian values.
"At the same time, the movie also opens the way to a renewed American discussion of just what is meant by Christian values and their relationships to the values of both traditional religion and democracy. ...
"As for the relationships between nascent Christianity and JudeoRoman religion, there simply are none, the former being a rejection of both Judaism and Romanism. As for the relationships between nascent Christianity and American Democracy, the Declaration stands as one of the most Christian documents yet written, based as it is on nascent Christian human rights. Jefferson and Franklin saw to that." -