Interesting Petition regarding “The Passion”

Folks, Mike Evans, a Christian minister (and author of some bestsellers), is the chairman of the board of the Corrie ten Boom Foundation in Haarlem, Holland. Most of the elders in the ten Boom family gave their lives for saving almost 800 Jews during the Holocaust. Mike’s father was a Christian, and his mother an Orthodox Jew. He was raised as a Christian, but still was physically attacked as a child in “Christian America.” He was pelted with eggs, tomatoes, his family’s front door was spray painted with “Christ-killer” and he was called “Christ-killer” and “Jew-witch.”

Six months ago, Mel Gibson requested a meeting with approximately 30 Christian ministers to screen his latest film, “The Passion of the Christ.” Mike Evans was one of the ministers. Following the screening, Mr. Gibson asked if the group thought changes needed to be made to his film in light of accusations that the movie could be used to incite anti-Semitism.

Mike Evans replied, “Mr. Gibson, put a postscript at the end of the movie so that when it is shown in anti-Semitic countries, it will be difficult for anti-Semites to use this movie for their evil purposes.” Evans suggested to him that at the end of the movie, he put the following: “During the Roman occupation, one-quarter million Jews were crucified by the Romans, but only One rose from the dead.”

Mel Gibson said, “This is good! I needed something anyway, and this is it. I’ll do it. I’ll do it.”

Mike Evans believes that instead of demonizing, degrading or patronizing the Jewish people, Christians need to ask forgiveness for the terrible sins committed against them throughout history in the name of Christ.

Foks, the movie will be released on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, and Mr. Gibson still has not included the postscript to which he committed on Aug. 19, 2003, in Dallas, Texas, at AMS Productions.

For that reason, the Corrie ten Boom Christian Holocaust Center has launched a website asking 1 million Christians to write Mr. Gibson to thank him for the movie, to commit to pray for Mr. Gibson and the Jewish people, and to appeal to him to include this simple postscript. Millions of Jews living in the midst of a sea of bigotry could then know that Christians – real Christians – do not hate Jews, but rather love them.

Check out the site here.

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