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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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soundoff (1,653 Responses)
  1. Cthululz

    Religion kills people

    December 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Glenn

      So does secularism

      December 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • pockets

      Yes religion is the main focal point in the demise of millions of innocent people. RIP Hitch, you were right about "everything".

      December 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Glenn

      Christopher Hitchens was right??? How would you know?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • fred

      285 million killed by Stalin and Mao both pursecuting religious groups with the goal of total atheistic state or simply use of Christian / other religious groups as scapegoats to unite the people under one state authority. Stalin and Mao were both atheist. Thus you cannot say religion is the cause rather man is the cause and religion is a tool of the abuser

      December 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • fred

      Pockets
      To assume nothingness at the conclusion of physical life has less evidence than to assume something after physical life. It is a matter of faith. Just to be clear faith is a very real force and it allows one to understand what cannot be seen.
      To say Hitch was right is nonsense for an atheist unless you wish to explain your faith in materialism.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  2. Tracy

    Here's the problem: each account of the death of Jesus changed with each re-telling. the earliest is allegedly Mark who says that Pilate sentenced him at the urgings of the local (Jewish) priests. So it was both: Roman and Jews.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  3. Morgan

    Guys, it's pretty simple: the poll was designed to incite anti-Semitism, the same as Mel Gibson's little film was. I don't understand why some Christians can't just leave Jews alone about this.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Leslie

      I don't understand why Jews can't admitt it and stop blaming on the Jews and change our history the past 2000 years. Passion of the Christ is based on 100% true story.. Enough!

      December 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • Morgan

      Leslie: "The Passion of the Christ" is based on a story that some would like to believe is factual. That is miles different from it actually being factual.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Joe Mahma

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    I thought it was a sacrifice?

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    December 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Bruce

      you are spot on....... John 3:16, "gave", hello.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  5. HAROLD

    The survey created by Fox News is another example of an activity with the goal of inciting intolerance towards Jews. As a Jew I am offended by the action of Fox News and the half hearted apology. The comments made about the article indicate that there are individuals using the blog to express their intolerance towards Jews. Again the comments are offensive.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Then you are offended by the Christian Bible since that is the source.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Sheikh Muhammad

      but in your point view is it cool to incite intolerance against Islam?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • UncleM

      I am offended by the bible. A lot of nasty stories.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  6. fingercrossed

    nice Freethinker..........

    December 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  7. Alex

    Religion blinds humanity.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  8. man tan

    Who cares who killed Jesus... That is not the point.. God gave his only son so he could die on the cross so that you can be saved. Praise Jesus... Jesus spilled all his blood on this planet so that you can be saved.
    Why isn't Jesus or the cross on the U.S. dollar? Why is that?

    December 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Morgan

      Jesus isn't featured on the dollar because he didn't contribute to America. People featured on our currency are proven historical figures with proven contributions. We don't feature Vishnu on our money, either.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      What if they sin on other planets, what are ya gonna do with your little fable then ?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Margaret

      When you print your own money feel free to put Jesus hanging on a cross on it.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Sheikh Muhammad

      God has no children...
      Why God or his Child (May Allah protect us from that) have to sacrificed for the sin of human kind.
      Allah is one and only.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  9. Zane

    So, "The Romans" weren't even on the poll?

    Last time I checked the Bible, Roman soldiers were the ones who actually crucified Jesus.

    Also, if Jesus had not been crucified, how else would he have paid for all our sins?

    But then again, if Jesus paid for all our sins, how come each of us is still doomed to die horrible and painful deaths at the end of our lives? Isn't that paying the same bill twice?

    And if we end up going to Hell, isn't that paying the same bill three times?

    December 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • man tan

      The Romans killed Jesus because the Orthodox Jew pressured them. The Orthodox Jew threaten to cause Havoc if the Romans did not Kill Jesus for spreading Love on this planet. The Orthodox jew wanted Jesus to pay taxes to the Jews.. Jesus refused.
      And Jesus literally whip butts with a whip to the big bankers of the that day that were taking advantage of ordinary people just like big bank is doing today.
      That is the real reaso the Orthodox Jew ordered Jesus killed. And yes they did torture Jesus.. Jesus suffered unimaginable pain while hanging on the cross.
      The Jews must face reality. They may not have personally killed Jesus but they are the ones that caused it. I am just keeping it real..
      I am thinking about making a movie about who really killed Jesus and why...

      December 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Rubedo

      We have choices in life. It may be if we live a life of sin, we may not escape a horrible death. Could be there's not one person without sin, so misery before death. Sin comes with a high price; so treat others with dignity, decency and morality.

      Difficult questions that are not answered during a lifetime but we still believe, means we have faith in a higher power. It's the belief that we will see again the people that have gone before us.

      If you have faith and believe, the sacrament you receive before death will absolve you from all sin and spare you from hell.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  10. skarphace

    "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

    God sent Jesus here knowing that he would get crucified for our sins. If humans were without sin, God would not have done so. Therefore, it is everyone's fault that Jesus was cricified. Without sin, we would not have to be saved and Jesus would not had have to be crucified.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • skarphace

      *have had* to be crucified, that is.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      If god is omniscient, he would have known they were going to sin in the first place. Why did the jerk set up the need for the pay-back scheme in the first place ? If it was "loving", it would have just said, "oh forget it, everyone makes mistakes".

      December 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • skarphace

      Timmy: I am not defending Christianity. I am merely explaining the crucifiction to those, like you, who have never read the Bible or heard a preacher discuss such matters.

      The preacher at the church I attended Christmas eve put it this way: Jesus is not the reason for the season. We are the reason for the season. It is our sin that made it so Jesus had to be born in the first place.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Tom

      Yes and the invisible sky faries will come down and save us...

      December 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  11. RS

    Religion killed Jesus

    December 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  12. Mitchell Davis

    I never understood the argument of who killed Jesus. The way I see it is he was sent here by God to die for mans sins so it was already a done deal the day Mary gave birth to him. What did people expect...a hero to slay the Romans before he was crucified...it was his destiny to die in a less than favorable way.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  13. Tyler

    Well if we want to get technical here and be very accurate then here we go.

    1) Adam and Eve were tempted by satan to rebel. There for they did and caused man to fall from perfection.
    2) Rome tortured and killed people on a torture stake known by most as the cross.
    3) Jewish leaders hated Jesus and wanted him gone because Jesus was disrupting the arraignment that was inlace.
    4) Satan wanted to kill GOD's son because he hated him from long ago.
    5) Mankind is born into sin and will kill his brother.

    So Adam and Eve caused all of us to be born into sin and die an old pathetic death. Jesus there for had to be sacrificed for all mankind. Rome was the tool in which to kill Jesus. The Jewish leaders saw Jesus as a blasphemer and wanted him eliminated. Satan hated Jesus from long before man existed and wanted to kill him because he is GOD's son. Since mankind is imperfect and had no salvation Jesus willingly sacrificed himself for ALL mankind.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Freethinker

      On the cross, Jesus kept on asking God why he had forsaken him. Strange for a person who willingly sacrifice for us.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Mitchell Davis

      It does not matter "who" killed Jesus...it was his destiny to be sacrificed. If John McClane suddenly appeared and saved him, he would have been sacrificed at some later time....it was his destiny.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      You forgot the part about Mount Crumpit, and Little Cindy Who.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Hillman

      Its not too late Tyler. I know a great cult deprogrammer. Just say the word, and we'll have you right as rain in no time.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • fred

      Freethinker
      Jesus knew this would happen and it was the cause of his prayer in the garden before. Jesus had never experienced separation from God as they had been one from the begining. That is what sin does it separates us from God and that emptiness, loss of communion with God causes life itself to scream out my God my God why hast tho forsaken me. That point some say is what "hell" for some will be like.............a separation from something that always was with us.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • skarphace

      Freethinker: dying on the cross was a slow and painful death. It was basically torture until death. Jesus may have been half deity (depending on what you believe), but he was still human and as such he had second thoughts during this horrendous process. This line is not hypocritical at all. On the contrary, it makes Jesus seem more human.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Norm

      Too bad the whole thing's a scam anyway. If God wanted to get rid of original sin, he could have just kicked Satan's ass in the first place, or just snapped his fingers and did it. He didn't have to chop off a chunk of Himself, make it pretend to be human and "die" on the Cross (Jesus is God, He's Immortal). God didn't have to put on a giant puppet show to "fix" our souls. The whole story is crap. It doesn't matter who "killed" Jesus, he was designed to die, to impress the weak minded who would fall for such a scam.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Tom

      If you want to get technical... invisible sky faries are not going to come down and save us or our souls.
      Please, really? In today's day and age. If anyting read the JEFFERSON BIBLE. He had it down. No virgin birth, no walk on water, no loaves and fishes, no resurrection but some great moral stories we can learn from...

      No invisible sky faries...

      December 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • Tracy

      The bible never says that Adam & Eve were tempted by Satan. It states they were temped by a serpent. The Devil insinuation came much later.
      That's only 1 example of the many inconsistencies of the bible.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • Mudd

      What about the "technicality" that is Deuteronomy 24:16, which states that nobody shall be put to death for the sins of another?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  14. Mr Chihuahua

    Dingos took my Baby Jesus lol!

    December 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Tom

      Hilarious!

      December 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  15. Jerry G

    I hate Fox News

    December 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Jews killed Jesus

      Because they tell the truth? 🙂

      December 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Nodack

      FOX News telling the truth. That's a good one.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  16. Possum

    Actually, the hand of the murderer belongs to Jesus' Father, as the whole deal was forced upon the puny humans through supernatural pre-ordination (or whatever you want to call that sort of "magical" manipulation where gods use humans for their folly). So, blame no individual or group, sect, race or government, as all the blame goes right to the top. If the outcome is already fixed, the pawns are just following orders as zombies to reach the endgame of their Master. For puny humans, it's either obey or die – or – rebel against the Master's will – and die. Hmph. Some "free will" that is, eh? So, yeah, when there's not really a choice, blame god, because it's all fixed anyway. Go ask Prometheus, he can fill ya in.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  17. Just a guy

    Its Bush's fault.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  18. Jews killed Jesus

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M539PgDjbas

    December 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RY83mAr5uA

      December 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Norman

      A drunken Jew from a trailer park? Very authoritative.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  19. Bumper

    Here's my response to all of you out there who keep stating that "Jesus was a Jew'. Jesus would not consider God's word to be equivalent to modern Judaism (This is especially true since modern Judaism is a false religion). However, during his time period, he accepted the laws of Moses and the writings of the minor and major Prophets. He made it clear that he came into the world to uphold the "Law" and not abolish it. The reality is that Jews during Jesus' time period were not following God's word. They were so occupied with following rituals, dietary laws and wearing scriptures on their foreheads that they were not honoring the Spirit of Law.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Mitchell Davis

      Hey man, back off...WE are the chosen people!

      December 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      So little Bumper here gets to decide which laws to keep and which ones not to keep, and which ones are good, and which ones "he didn't really mean". Un huh.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Bumper

      The 'chosen people' are the folks who live according to God's word and cling to Christ. I've always thought it very egocentric that many Jews still believe that they are the 'chosen one'. How racist and egotistical!!! Jesus made is clear that his message was for everyone and not just the Jews.

      January 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  20. Mojonaamdi

    Thank God Islam was not around then. If it was, Fox would not even had a poll. They would have just blamed the Muslims.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Jews killed Jesus

      No they wouldn't. Buddhism and Hinduism was founded before Christianity, yet nobody blames them.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
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