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. D

    IT TAKES JUST AS MUCH FAITH to say there is no God as it does to say there is one. Those of you who laugh at Christians for the 'flying spaghetti monster in the sky' should consider logic 101.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      You're gonna have to do better than that. D is for "D-"

      December 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • D

      I would like to hear you refute that fact with your opinion, because regardless of what you say it's OPINION, and that is FACT, so get over it.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Obviously you never took that Logic 101.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • D

      I'm an engineer, of course I did.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Glenn

      Come on Timmy just answer D’s question. You have an audience now. Or maybe another way of asking the same question D is asking is… Explain how your knowledge about what happens after death is more then just an opinion based on faith. Give me some concrete facts about what happens after death. I am curious. I want to know.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      What happens after death, in case you have never watched an autopsy, is that your brain cells stop working, and you are no longer conscious. It's called death. If you have any shred of "logical" proof of more than that, lets hear it NOW.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Glenn

      That is right your brain stops working but you are more then just your brain aren’t you? I mean we have the technology to replace more then one organ and maybe in the future even your brain. After all it is just cells with electrical connections. In the future if you get a partial or whole brain transplant do you cease to be you? I surely do not know.

      I can’t tell you what happens after your brain stops working either however neither can you. That is the point. You think it just ends and I would say it does not. Neither of us have proof.

      D’d point is that it is all about faith. Of which you seem to have plenty of.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Absolutely not. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs. I am saying "We can't/don't know", because there is not one shred of evidence, and he is saying making up a fable with no evidence, is the equivalent. That IS illogical, and false, and NOT the same thing. The absence of faith is not faith in absence. As for the transplant thingy, your analogy is false. You are equating transplanting a foot with a brain. The analogy is not equivalent. You are implying that there is a soul/person present "somewhere" ? Is that in the stomach ? Obviously not. Ear ? No. Tongue ? No. Eye ? No. Does a baby with no brain, (anancephaly), have a soul ? I doubt it. It's all a relative matter of speech patterns/relative definitions The "person" paradigm is a scientifically outdated attempt to explain a complex phenomenon, left over from the days before brain scans, and neuro-phisiology. Have you ever seen a brain dead human ? WHy do humans with brain chemical imbalances go crazy ? There is no magic.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Glenn

      Timmy you simply do not have any proof and therefore you have faith. If you say you simply don't know but still believe then you have faith.

      By the way extraordinary claims do not need extraordinary proofs for the secular community to believe. Just look at the big bang theory or the life from nonlife theory.

      Good chatting with you my fellow human of faith

      December 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • D

      Well put Glenn. Also Timmy, you have yet to provide proof that there is no God. Yes, lack of belief in an afterlife may be related, but it is certainly not the same thing. Your answer was a copout, to be frank.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • D

      `I am saying "We can't/don't know", because there is not one shred of evidence` – this is what i always here when I confront people who attack believers. If we can't know either way, why are you attacking people who believe one way while you believe another? Utter hypocracy, and that was the original point.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Well D,
      You said you took that logic course. If you really did, you would know one cannot prove a negative. So you lied. That's OK.
      Your position is the equivalent to saying we should/could believe in the Spaghetti Monster because I have there is no proof there isn't one. Why did you pick one irrational stance over the other ?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  2. pockets

    The 'source' from all of this is a drunken jew.....great journalism. No doubt it is from a "christian', looking to make trouble. Stay the hell home and don't go into someone else's country telling them what to do or what to believe. RIP Hitch, you were right about "everything"

    December 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Bill

      you mentioned Hitch in your opening?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  3. ken

    Jesus was a Jew. Man killed Jesus and God accepted His fate (period)
    we have all come short to the glory of God (another period)

    December 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • pockets

      Sighhhh, there is no god. Relax and enjoy your lives, it will soon be over. Then you go into 6 ft of ground to decompose. Worm food. Fade to black. THE END.

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

      periods getting heavy? let me help.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • dan

      jesus is a myth (just like Horus,Mithra, Krishna, Osiris, Dionysus who have the same birthday and same life story) so who killed the myth? I wish it would have been dead but it will be around until people use their brain and start learning....

      December 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • gregg

      So you saying it is a good thing jesus was killed. Without jesus being killed you would no have your phony religion today????

      December 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Glenn

      @Pockets would love to believe you but how do you know what happens in the end?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  4. Jose

    So let me get this straight. Jesus was 1/2 God.. son of a God. So, why NO god DNA? There is no gravity past earth as we know it. God dna would have to withstand all areas of every planet solar system molecule etc. But Jesus was short changed? hmmmm . Where did the God dna go? Maybe it did not exist? Maybe he was a man who rose up against his opressors... did not want the established jewish / roman / catholic unholy alliance we have today. Think about it.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Jose, you are on the right track, but....gravity exists everywhere in the universe as far as we know, and they did not say he was 1/2 & 1/2, they said he was 1+1=1, (all god and all human). Go figure.
      Actually Mark says he was human and became god, Matthew and Luke said he was god, gave it up, and then went back to it, and John said he was always god, and temporarily was a human. and then went back to being just god. Very different, and very confusing.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  5. jeff

    CHRISTIANS YOU WOULDN'T HAVE YOUR RELIGION IF (fill in the blank) HADN'T KILLED HIM. On the other hand...didn't Jesus himself say his dad was responsible for it? I thought his dad (God) is love?? hmmm. What a joke you organized religions are!

    December 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Stockholm

      Jews wouldn't have a country if it wasn't for the Christians in USA and Great Britain

      December 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Caleb

      Jeff, I would do just a little more homework before posing a question that is just so childish, it embarrasses both the Christians and the non.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      What do you mean ? The Bible, (otherwise known as the first real estate contract), said god took Moses up the mountain, and said "that will be your's". Beware, he's taking me to your street and giving me your house as my promised land.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  6. I see racist Jews

    Time to give these Jews a swastika to wear if they think they are a "special race" and deserve "special considerations".
    Just a bunch of Nazis wearing yarmulkes and spitting on little girls. That's all they are these days.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  7. svann

    God did it.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  8. Steve

    It's funny how Jews call people "Anti-Semitic" when they are the most racist people in this planet

    December 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  9. Ben Thare

    And yet Christians wonder why member of other religions don't trust them. Hmmm.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Steve

      Yet Jews wonder why they are hated by everyone else....

      December 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  10. Lupe Ramos

    It was Romans fault, and they were rewarded by God when the Vatican was built.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  11. John

    Another lesson for ANY minority (including Jews), that the narrow-minded bigots on the right would attack you in a second if they could get away with it. Us / them generates real political power. But they can't get away with it in a liberal minded United States, so they apologize and curse liberals (really why hate people who are open minded and generous of spirit unless they were holding you back?). Anyone who believes this apology is as smart as a box of rocks.

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

      Let's make it a left-right argument. Doesn't take much these days....

      December 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  12. Wootings

    Next up: Who killed Tinkerbell?

    December 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  13. Whatistheproblem

    It was prophesized by Jesus..for God knew that day would come. It may of been during Pilate's reign but it was not Pilate that wanted Jesus killed. It was Annas, Caiaphas, Summas, Datam, Gamaliel, Judas, Levi, Nephalium, Alexander, Cyprus and other Jewish leaders that went to Pilate about Jesus. It wasn't all the Jews that wanted him killed either. Those that knew he was the Son of God did not. However, these Leaders either felt threatened by Jesus or God Himself chose them to do the bidding of what had to be done. Jesus knew he was going to be sacrificed. Pilate handed him over to the Jews because he himself refused to kill him because he didn't think Jesus did anything wrong. And he was afraid to do anything to him. Why is there a problem with people asking this question? I'm glad they are asking. It gets people to go to their Bibles and read them.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  14. D

    I'm a German, and yes my people murdered lots of Jews in the holocaust. I wish the Jews could take the same stance about the Jesus they murdered.

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

      You need to do a bit more reading... Assuming any of it actually happened, the (likely fictional) accounts of his death would indicate that it was the Romans who actually killed Christ...

      December 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • D

      The bible clearly states it was the Jews. Whether you believe the bible is fiction or not is your own prerogative.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  15. moondawn

    ...when after all it was you and me...

    December 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  16. Proof that Jews killed Jesus


    December 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  17. Leslie

    2.2 billion Christians know the truth... Jews killed Jesus

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

      Jesus was a Jew and 2.2 billions Christians worship a Jew

      December 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  18. AhhPures

    It was the second gunman, on the grassy knoll.

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

      The snake started it all, so the snake is the killer.

      December 31, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  19. Genericalolll

    >People still think that Jesus, and God exist

    December 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  20. joesmith

    truly never ceases to amaze me, you make me accountable, and I'll squeel; so loud, that everyone drops their plate, and does 500 ma-a-cupas, or what ever they do..grow up, and take the chip off your shoulder..you get more flies with honey..

    December 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
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