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December 30th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Fox apologizes to Jews for poll on who murdered Jesus

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Fox Latin America has pulled and apologized for an online poll that asked who was responsible for Jesus’ death and included Jews as a possible response.

The poll had been posted on a Facebook page for National Geographic Cable TV in Latin America as part of a promotional effort for a Christmas special on the channel, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish group.

The National Geographic Channel in Latin America is a member of Fox International Channels, part of News Corp.

“Christmas Special is coming to Nat Geo… Who do you think responsible for the death of Jesus?” the Spanish-language poll asked, according to the Wiesenthal Center.

The multiple-choice responses were “Pontius Pilate; The Jewish People; the High Priests.”

On Wednesday, the Wiesenthal Center announced that the National Geographic Channel in Latin America had removed the poll and apologized for it.

"We sincerely apologize for the publication of a poll on our website that might have unintentionally given place to interpretations, opinions or expressions of intolerance that might affect the Jewish community," Fox Latin America’s vice president for corporate communications and PR said in a statement.

“This would contradict the mission and spirit of National Geographic worldwide, which focuses on education for diversity through shows questioning our world,” said the vice president, Guadalupe Lucero.

"We have also taken appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future,” he said.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Rod

    Who killed who and why 2000+ years ago is irrelevant. It's just a cheap way to incite hatred among an ignorant populace. Also, don't forget Jesus was a Jew.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • ialsoagree

      Also don't forget, there's almost no evidence, and no credible evidence, that Jesus even existed, let alone was killed by anyone.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • holycow

      @Rod : like.
      @Ialso... It's hard to respect your argument. I've never read a historial text negating the existence of Jesus of Nazareth.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • ialsoagree

      holycow, it's hard to respect YOUR argument. I've never read a history text negating the existence of unicorns. Does that make unicorns real too?

      It's not about what it NEGATES, it about what it shows to be true. I've never read a history text that shows Jesus existed AND is considered a credible first hand account of the time. In fact, there's so little information on Jesus, you're hard pressed to find even second hand accounts, and those that do exist are often found to be tampered with.

      The Romans kept immaculate records. The probability of Jesus being a huge up start for the Romans, the Romans never mentioning him is on par with a 6,000 year old Earth, it just didn't happen.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • ialsoagree

      I should clarify that the ONLY exception to what I stated above is the Bible. The Bible also happens to claim that snakes talked, women came from a man's rib, and a man raised from the dead after walking on water. Forgive me if I throw that source out as giant load, but anyone who doesn't has questionable credibility AT BEST.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Except by Tacitus, one of the greatest Roman historians who chronicles from around 14 AD to 96 AD. Jesus is thought to have been crucified between 30 – 36 AD, depending on which scholar you go with.

      But sure, you can discount that Tacitus wasn't alive when Jesus was around. He also wasn't around when Augustus was alive (Tacitus was born in 56 AD...nearly 42 years after the death of Augustus) but he wrote about him too. After all, if you discount part of Tacitus' writing as being false, then it brings into question everything this historian wrote, which encompasses nearly a century of information we have on ancient Rome. That's outside of the Bible.

      If you want to go into the Bible, beyond the gospels whose authorship is under question, you have the writings of Saul of Tarsus/Apostle Paul. Saul was a Pharisee responsible for executing Christians before converting to Christianity and renaming himself Paul. Paul was alive around 5 AD to 67 AD (so right around 10 years younger than Jesus – Jesus was thought to have been born sometime between 7 and 2 B.C.). Whether he actually met Christ in person is hard to say, but probably not, however, he was most certainly aware of the man who was executed. Saul's conversion (to Paul) is dated somewhere between AD 31 – 36, meaning within the first decade after Jesus was executed.

      I find it hard to believe that a man of wealth, power and education would give up everything (money, power, influence, etc) could be converted to believing someone lived and died and was resurrected when he couldn't even be sure the person lived at all.

      Suffice to say, Jesus was indeed a real person who was crucified for blasphemy and sedition. His divinity is another question altogether.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Jesus

      There was some evidence that Jesus was killed by a speeding chariot driven by a drunken driver.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • djwazu

      Well who did it?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Spinner49

      Yes, Jesus was a Jew. In fact, he was never a Christian! Others decided that about him decades later.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Lucivar

      Spinner49....you have no idea what you are talking about. Jesus was a christian.What you fail to realize is Christianity is a faith not a religion. That's why you can have several religions and all of them being Christians. IE Catholics, Protestants, ETC. To be a christian you must believe that Jesus was the son of God, the Mosiah. That's why Jews aren't considered Christians.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Lucivar: This figure Jesus that you speak of was supposedly a rabbi. There are no christian rabbis.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • just sayin

      Since Jesus was indeed the Christ and since Jesus was indeed a teacher we may conclude that as the first Christian, Jesus was a Christian Rabbi.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Rod, Jesus was Judean. Remember what He told us in Revelation 2:9

      I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

      And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

      Acts 2:5

      After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.

      John 7:1

      Note to all the professors of the world who don't get Jesus' truth, you seriously need to learn the history of the brothers Esau and Jacob.

      Amen.

      December 31, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Given that The Babble is a work of (bad) fiction, learning the history of any of the characters in it would be about as useful as learning the detailed history of the Hobbits. That being said, I'd invest my time in (re-)reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings before wasting a second on any so-called holy book.

      December 31, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • HeavenSent

      HotAirAce, you posted "Given that The Babble is a work of (bad) fiction, learning the history of any of the characters in it would be about as useful as learning the detailed history of the Hobbits. That being said, I'd invest my time in (re-)reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings before wasting a second on any so-called holy book."

      Answer: A Box without hinges, key, or lid, yet inside golden treasure is hid. This should be easy for you. What is it?

      Amen.

      December 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      HotAirAce, the only reason you don't believe in Jesus' truth which is the same reason that you believe his truth to be a book of bad fiction is because you have issues to deal with.

      Happy New Year.

      December 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • David

      @Rod – Yes, this shouldn't be argued any more. The reason this question is resisted by Jews it that Christians have used it's conclusions against modern Jews – i.e., if the Jews killed Jesus, then modern Jews should be punished for it. The question is ridiculous, since yes, the religious leaders (Jews) had a hand in killing Jesus, but the conclusion that modern Jews are responsible is also ridiculous, as well as the insistence on retracting the question by the ADL, whose whole point is to prevent people from blaming modern Jews, not whether the answer is true or not.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • David

      But to the point: the Jewish religious leaders demanded of the Romans that Jesus be killed. Pilate would have let him go, except for their insistence. So, yes, effectively the Jewish leaders killed Jesus. Just because they didn't nail him to the cross themselves, doesn't lessen their guilt. That the AD L and the W iese nthal center continually resist this obvious truth is really to their discredit. They do it, not out of a desire for accuracy, but out of a desire to protect modern Jewish people (of which I am one) from the accusation of "Deicide" (killing God). They would be on much better intellectual and moral ground if they just allowed for the fact that yes, the religious Jews had Jesus killed so that they could protect their authority, but that as much to do with modern Jewish people as the Romans killing the Maccabees has to do with modern Italians – it's utterly irrelevant.

      But more importantly, the question of who killed Jesus is in itself irrelevant. It doesn't matter who killed him, because that has no bearing on anything about him, his ministry, or his legacy, or whether or not he was saying something useful for humanity to listen to. It is a bit of punctuation in an otherwise long essay about the man, and doesn't change the context of anything about written or said about him. Why on earth Fox decided to bring this up, I have no idea. Perhaps someone there is anti-semitic. Latin America is full of anti-Semites so it wouldn't surprise me at all.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  2. briteone

    Why does the media expect everyone to appologise for anything jewish? If you believe in jesus then you also believe in the fact that the jewish leaders wanted him dead and brought him on trial. What's there to appologise for? This isnt even PC it's just stupid

    December 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • allanhowls

      Wait...it's PC to not believe a made-up story that was revised hundreds of years later in order to make the Jews look bad?
      Your perception of PC is based on people not believing in your fairy tale.

      Sounds like *you're* the one demanding special treatment.

      Christians...doing everything Christ didn't, since 33AD.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Bergerdrum

      Please see my reply to Joe from CT (not Lieberman)

      December 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  3. holycow

    What's that...? Inflammatory, yellow journalism...??? Thanks Fox News and CNN for the tag-team effort on this one!

    December 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  4. TeddyG

    Everyone who hat catechism knows the answer. Pilate handed him over to the Communists.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Jesus

      I thought pilot went down with the airship with Jesus. Hey, it's about as credible as the guy living in a whale.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  5. PDXMark

    Let's just admit it was a long time ago, and we don't really know. Nonetheless, we are willing to build elaborate stories on the subject, and twist our lives (and yours) around them.

    Time to watch "Life of Brian" again.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      I second that notion!

      December 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • sbp

      Personally, I'm torn between following the shoe and following the gourd.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Thomas

      So you are saying that Jesus is a Cold Case? 🙂

      December 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  6. PHinMiami

    The GOP is the worst thing to happen to Christianity in modern days. WWJD? . . . certainly NOT be a Republican.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  7. Asklepios417

    Now for the next poll.

    Who murdered Socrates ?

    December 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Asklepios417

      Let me apologize in advance to the Greek people for asking that question.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • CEW

      Didn't Socrates drink hemlock/commit suicide?

      December 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  8. Richard B.

    We all know it was the JEWS but the romans that killed JESUS.JESUS die to cover our sins with his blood.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • God

      Jesus never lived. Saul made the whole thing up. lol

      December 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Jesus

      How many Jews? A gaggle of Jews or just a few?? I always thought that Jesus died crossing the entry way to Jerusalem...he was run over by a speeding chariot.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  9. gremlinus

    I'm with SeanNJ. I'm still laughing. The headline made it even better.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  10. chicken flipper 5000

    There is no need to apologize for this poll. Its a fact that even the Jews themselves cannot deny. They killed a man named Jesus. They may not acknowledge Jesus role in the christian faith however.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • sbp

      see below, numb nuts.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • gremlinus

      While you can deny that Jesus is the messiah, I don't see how you can possibly deny Jesus's role in the Christian faith as he is the basis for it. That's like denying the role the states play in the United States.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • sami

      As a Jew, I am denying it. I had nothing to do with the death of Jeasus, or anyone else for that matter. So, contrary to your statement that we cannot deny it, I am hereby denying it. I'm not even going to ask you about your proof. Were you there??

      December 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Jesus

      Here's reality for you..your Jesus was a conglomerate of Mithra, Krishna, and Horus. He never existed. The entire Christian religion was put together by Emp. Constantine at the 1st Council of Nicea.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Per the Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth was brought up on charges of Sedition and Blasphemy by the Sanhedrin, led by Ciaphas and his father(-in-law) Annas. They arrested Him and arraigned Him before a picked court. Finding Him guilty, they referred the case to the Romans. Pilate could see no wrongdoing that was up to Roman Justice, and since Jesus was a Gallilean, he sent Him to Herod. Herod (still in fear after being tricked into executing John the Baptist) could find no cause to execute Him so Jesus was returned to Pilate. Pilate offered to free Jesus for the Passover festival, but Barabbas was selected instead.

    As part of Jesus execution, Pilate ordered a sign placed on the cross stating Jesus' crime (the sedition charge) in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. As my other languages are rusty, here is the Latin inscription: IESVS·NAZARENVS·REX·IVDÆORVM (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews), to outrage the Sanhedrin.

    Now let's add to the mix. The troops stationed in Judea at that time were probably Syrian auxiliaries, and they would have carried out the execution.

    So, we have the Romans, represented by Pilate, who ordered the execution; the Greeks, represented by Herod, who did nothing to prevent it; the Jews, represented by the Sanhedrin, who asked for the execution; and the Syrians, represented by the soldiers, who carried out the execution. Sounds like shared guilt of the individuals involved, not of the entire peoples.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • sbp

      Well, yes, all correct. And as others have pointed out, if you are a believer, no one had any real choice, as this was all pre-ordained (so much for free will, like God "hardening Pharaoh's heart").

      The subtext to all this is WHY do certain people go out of their way to single out the Jews in this mix? If anyone thinks Fox in Latin America didn't do so to pander to the anti-Semitism of it's overwhelmingly Roman Catholic base, they are being naive.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Bergerdrum

      To which Gospel account do you refer? The Synopotics', or John's? They're all different, they're contradictory, and they were written by Gentiles who had already internalized Paul's views of Jesus – years after the fact.
      Here's one very basic fact you need to keep in mind: If you accept the Synoptic gospels' assertion that this all happened at Passover, then you MUST immediately know that the entire account is fiction. Jews would never – EVER! – have broken their most scared feast and rituals for something like a show trial.
      The other thing that Christians seem to forget: the Gospel writers themselves say that none of his followers were with him after his arrest, and during his so-called trial before the Sanhedrin. Therefore, strictly by this definition, the Sanhedrin trial MUST only be so much literary creation.
      Jesus was killed by the Romans because he spoke of a new Basileia ("Empire" or "kingdom"). End of story. It's entirely plausible that the Romans might have had the Sanhedrin's assistance (overt or covert) in finding him, as the Romans would have exacted brutal reprisals if there was any trouble caused by this upstart "King of the Jews". But that's it. The Gospels were written with the Anti-Jewish slant to appease Roman officials who may have found and read them.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • RICHARD FROM CANADA

      JOE FROM CT,NEVER HEARD IT EXPLAINED LIKE THAT BEFORE,GREAT RETORT AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Thomas

      Awesome post Joe

      December 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Name: (required)

      @sbp
      A possible reason for singling out and blaming the Jews for many things is that people don't like to blame themselves (prefer to blame a minority that seem to be better off then them), and that blaming Jews isn't new.
      Although disliking Jews go further back, such as their exile, one of the reasons is that the Pope made a rule that Christians can't loan money (but accepting a loan is ok) so Jews end up taking the job and so long as things are going well, people probably like jews because they received money (though they probably didn't like paying them back with interest).
      At one point, the King of France himself got a loan from a Jew himself to help pay for a war. When the war was over, he struggled to pay the loan back so he began giving the people higher tax rates. The taxes became so high that the people were becoming angry so the king told the people that it's the Jewish creditor's fault because if his creditor wasn't pressing him for the money back, he wouldn't be taxing them so much. (Of course it really was not their fault since the king agreed to pay them back. If he didn't think he could pay back, he shouldn't have taken the loan) Thus the Jewish creditor and his family ended up being placed on island and became burned alive. Now that there was no one that the king needed to pay back, killing the Jewish family actually did ended up solving the problem.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Joe, remember how the family split ...

      Genesis 28:6-9

      6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
      7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram;
      8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
      9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

      Genesis 27:11

      11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:

      Genesis 27:41

      41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

      Amen.

      December 31, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • rzzzll

      What the hell are you talking about? You know nothing of the conditions in 1st century CE Judea or how the Roman empire ran things. You just plain believe this lie you call the "New Testament" or whatever word for word. The only Lord is Hashem, the Merciful, the ONLY Redeemer. Not some zombie god. Syrians? what are you talking about, these were Roman soldiers whatever their background, if indeed this whole crucifixion thing happened at all. The Sanhedrin certainly DID NOT REPRESENT ALL JEWS, but they certainly were Roman collaborators and thus traitors to all Jews. There were many different sects with widely differing views – the Saduccees (those who believed literally in the Written Law in the Torah and not the Oral Law, Pharisees (who believed in both the Written and the Oral law, the rabbinical way which is the only sect that survived and continues to this day), Essenes, Zealots, etc. Under Roman occupation the Sanhedrin did not have the power to put people to death, only the Romans could, and the charge they executed this Yeshua for was rebellion against Rome. He was certainly found guilty of blasphemy and heresy, which is absolutely right, because if what your book says is true then he deserved death, but the only way that would happen is under Roman law, from Pilate. If Jews had carried the execution out he would probably have been stoned to death, not crucified.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  12. Doc Vestibule

    The poll itself is not offensive.
    Ignorant people who pick "jews" as the answer are offensive.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Jesus

      I never considered Poles offensive, but the French never bath enough for me-they are offensive.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Doc, read and learn ...

      In the Bible, the word “Jew” means anyone of the region of Judea, or, any of the house of Judah.

      Amen.

      December 31, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  13. Peter

    Fox should run an article about CNN in the same spirit... "CNN runs story mocking Christian moral values and doesn't appologize." It would be just as intellectually honest as CNN's hatchet job on Fox, but they won't do it. Unlike CNN, Fox News (the most watched and trusted news in America) doesn't have to make stuff about CNN... they do it so well all by themselves!

    December 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Peter Please stop drinking the kool-aid....

      December 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @JohnQuest: I just got a mental picture of that big Kool-Aid pitcher from the '70s crashing through a wall, but instead of the smiley face it has the word "PETER" on it.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • sbp

      You can't use honesty, trust, integrity and Fox in the same sentence. These people had a policy of illegally spying on people's private phone calls, answering machines, etc... I'm sure the Fox execs giggle a bit whenever someone says "fair and balanced" – and a bit more when they realize some of you rednecks actually believe it. They don't even try to appear impartial.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Kevin

      Any news organization that has to call itself "fair and balanced" most certainly isn't. Viewers who repeat the tagline of that news organization as justification for its accuracy are incredibly misled. I would suggest that you do your own research as to which viewers and readers of various news sites are most informed on the issues and which ones are the least informed. Don't take my word for it, don't take CNN's or most certainly FOX's word for it, research it yourself and use whatever thinking skills are remaining to make up your own mind based on the FACTS.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • aoi

      fox news, the most watched news channel fighting the oppression of the evil "mainstream media"

      Another conservative group had similar views of being oppressed by a minority, they were called the KKK

      December 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  14. meh

    I killed Jesus. I'm sorry guys.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      It's ok. We forgive you. 🙂

      How was 1st Century Palestine?

      December 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Fred

      There was no 1st century palestine or any other palestine. Ask newt. Palestine is an invented place.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Jesus

      No you didn't....Here I am. Nobody killed me (yet). That old Jesus fellow in the New Testament is a Bronze Age diety who never existed. Why anybody spends time and money on that idiotic myth is a mystery to me.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • rzzzll

      "Palestine" comes from the invented Roman Latin version of Philistia, the Philistines (Goliath anyone?) which is the name they used in their losing effort to ethnically cleanse Judea of its native Jews. The Philistines disappeared from history in 703 BCE when the Assyrians conquered them, so this Roman lie is still, yes you guessed it, a BIG LIE. So yes Gingrich is actually right on that account. The Arabs are just making up stuff left and right to claim some "ancestry" in the Canaanites, Philistines, Phoenicians, etc.
      The Arabs use "Filastins" as their name, these evil terrorist invaders occupying Judea, Samaria and Gaza. May they be annihilated and driven out from the Land of Israel.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:16 am |
  15. JohnQuest

    The Only possible answer is "God" killed Jesus. I thought that God sent his only begotten son to die for your sins. I would think that Believers would be happy. Without his death there would be no salvation. The people that killed him should be thanked not blamed. Besides if the believer are telling the truth the people that killed him had no choice (God set them up even before they were born).

    Or I'm I reading this wrong?

    December 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • richard

      well said

      December 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Kevin

      Excellent point. Obviously God knew that her – excuse me, HIS – son would be killed and who would kill him. Therefore there was no free will on the part of the Roman soldiers. God knew those who killed his son would be condemned to hell before they were even born. Judas was a hero because he was willing to take the blame for Jesus' fall even though God and Jesus both wanted Jesus to die. The only answer is yours: God killed Jesus. If there is a God, then there can be no free will. If there is no free will, then there is predestination. If there is predestination, then prayer is a waste of time. Am I missing something?

      December 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Obviously here is the problem with this nonsensical illogic that is Christianity, which a perverted form of a Jewish heresy tainted by Greco Roman religion and culture. When the word "Son" or "Son of Man" in apocryphal texts from this time it is not in a literal sense. Moshiach, messiah is not some supernatural second god man thing, I don't quite understand how the whole Pagan Horus myth got mixed up into what became Christianity. Zombie god does not exist, not in reality, certainly not in the Tanakh, the only TRUE WORD.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:20 am |
  16. Peter

    The headline "who murdered Jesus?" is quite different than the actual question asked "Who do you think responsible for the death of Jesus?". Anyhow the answer is that Jesus died at the hands of Romans at the bequest of Jewish religious leaders who wanted him to be silenced. It was part of the plan all along so aside from an interesting trivia question, it means nothing.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  17. DamianKnight

    Oh geez. Are we really blaming the Jews for killing Jesus still?

    What good does that do?

    People killed Jesus. So I guess the muskrats can now point fingers at humans.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  18. Cedric

    The Jews did kill Jesus,it's the inconvenient truth.

    I don't blame present-day Jews, even-though their ancestors murdered Jesus.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • sbp

      Well, by that reasoning, it was in FACT the ITALIANS who literally killed him. Roman soldiers – from Rome, right? On orders of Romans. Not saying Jews were not involved, but the inconvenient truth that ROMAN catholics, in particular, like to avoid, is the involvement of ROMANS. Duh.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      I think it WAS modern-day Jews that time-traveled back to Jesus' day and told their ancestors to set him up.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Cedric

      Yes I forgot,the Roman Catholics and the Jews murdered Jesus,today Catholics worship Horus because the Romans(Vatican)distorted the history.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • sbp

      Fox sure does love playing to the extreme right. Same folks who would issue a poll like
      Is Obama:

      1. The actual anti-christ
      2. Satan
      3. A demon, but not Satan
      4. Mortal, but evil.

      Yep, good old fair and balanced. So much gall they can hack dead girls' phones and still claim the moral high ground.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Cedric

      I'm not a conservative and I'm not religious,but the truth is the Jews were part of the plot to murder Jesus.

      @SBP I agree with you,Fox news is the most biased network on TV.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Brad

      And millions have been killed in Jesus name. That too is an inconvenient truth, is it not?

      December 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Cedric you are retaaarrdddeddd. Jews didn't crucify criminals, why don't you crack open a HISTORY BOOK? Romans, Greeks and Persians crucified people. First off, your Christian "religion" is a Jewish heresy perverted by Greco Roman paganism and as such tried to distance themselves from the true Word of Hashem the Lord of the universe by attacking and defaming those who followed the righteous one. If your so called new testament or whatever has any semblance of truth Your Zombie God died at the hands of the Romans, he was executed as a rebel against Rome, not against The Name, G_d. Jews certainly didn't think he was a king, the Romans saw him as a potential one. Which is what he richly deserved as a blasphemer and a heretic who polluted the holiest of holies of the Temple. At this time the traitorous Sanhedrin Roman collaborators could not execute anyone. Only the Romans could do that, Judea was under ROMAN, not Jewish control. In the end your religion is a lie anyway, you insult the followers of the Almighty One, indivisible, the only Lord by blaming your zombie god's death on them. Wow you're a sucker.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:28 am |
  19. AGuest9

    ROFL!!!!!

    December 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  20. SeanNJ

    Best. Poll. Ever.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Jesus

      Nah, the best Pole ever was Maria Czekowski from my neighborhood. What a babe!!

      December 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
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