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Mel Gibson's reply to 9/11
By Michael Moriarty
I'm fairly certain that the seeds of Mel Gibson's extraordinary work The Passion of the Christ were sown long before Islamic fundamentalists delivered their abominable message to America and the entire Judeo-Christian civilization. A devout Catholic for much of his life, Gibson has openly admitted that until he returned to his faith, his life was in a shambles. He'd contemplated "jumping out the window." With all the fame and money anyone could want sitting at the top of the entertainment industry, this extraordinarily brave Australian artist felt obliged to risk it all for his Lord.
Gibson was asked on a network interview show, "What if the film fails? You've personally invested $25 million in it." Without much of a pause, the director replied, "I can go to work for $18 an hour."
The New York Times recently predicted the end of Gibson's career. Five days and over $100 million in box office receipts later, that bible of Liberal America and the famous curmudgeon Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes, dismissing a film he never saw, were proven wrong. When asked if he'd seen the film, Rooney replied, "I'm not gonna pay $9 just for a few laughs." He should have seen it, if only to avoid his own embarrassment. The only people laughing in The Passion of the Christ are the villains.
Whether you believe in fate or not, I personally know the importance of a creative urge which begins long before its necessity reveals itself. The protests against the film are further evidence of how deep-seated the Liberal establishment's fear of Christianity truly is. But the genie is out of the bottle and the anti-Christian types can do nothing to stuff it back in again. I envision Gibson's testimony to be pirated into countries that will try to keep it out.
Osama bin Laden's assault on the Twin Towers was also a declaration of spiritual
war. With his hijacked planes, he was basically saying that we English-speaking
peoples don't believe in anything except money and our own greed for power.
In other words, we wouldn't know true religious fervor any more than we would
know how to speak Arabic.
Marxism is still less than 150 years old, but until quite recently it was
winning the popularity contest with the liberal leadership class and media
opinion-makers. The Marxist machine demonized Christian faith with increasing
Gibson, while writing his script, must have sensed the secular implications
it would hold for its audience. Much of his film is straight from the Gospel
according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I'm grateful that Gibson added
Luke's sole testament about the Good Thief.
There's no way to call either the American
Civil War or World War II "unjust." Yet
now much of the world is protesting the imprisonment of a known, genocidal
psychopath, Saddam Hussein. Even Christian leaders are joining the campaign.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu asked Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair and
President Bush to apologize for the invasion of Iraq. I wonder if the
would have asked Abraham Lincoln to apologize for invading the South
at a cost of 600,000 lives, a large chunk of the American population
to free the black slaves.
A friend who viewed the movie with me, leaned over and asked me why, after
the long trek toward Calvary, with all the scourging before and along the
way, there was no blood on the cross. The cross is the entire human race
and all its sins. Because of Christ's forgiveness, the blood of Jesus is
no longer staining us if we accept His boundless offer to absolve us of all
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor who has appeared in the landmark television series Law and Order, the mini-series Holocaust, and the recent mini-series Taken. In 2002 he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in James Dean.
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