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. JonathanSwift

    They should have provided "Muslims" as one of the choices so we could all marvel at the abject stupidity the respondents, and discuss what it implies about the larger population.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  2. Laurence


    December 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Norman

      Again with the drunks?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  3. Jesus

    heh...go figure

    December 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  4. Matthew 27:22-26

    22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked.
    They all answered, “Crucify him!”
    23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
    But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
    24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
    25 All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”
    26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Deut. 24:16 Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  5. Jason

    Matthew 18:21-22
    Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
    Luke 6:37
    Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
    Matthew 6:14-16
    For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

    I don't claim to be a Christian because I do not live my life according to the teachings of Jesus. I do not consistently try to and though I agree with much of what he taught I do not meet his standard. But, I have to wonder about people who call themselves Christians and cannot even manage to forgive a people for an offense 2000 years ago that Jesus foresaw and did not avoid. To forgive has to be one of the most basic elements of the teachings of Jesus Christ. If Christians cannot even manage to do that than how can they call themselves followers of Christ?

    December 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  6. Bumper

    In the secular world, death and taxes are the only certainties. From a spiritual perspective, humankind has committed sin. Jesus took away the stain of sin from the world. He represented a new covenant that replaced the old Judaic laws (like wearing scriptures on your forehead and sacrificing animals). Jesus asks us to follow the spirit of the law and not the letter. He was the ultimate sacrifice for everyone. Just like the certainty of death and taxes, the sin that existed in the world could not go unpunished without some redemptive act. This act of redemption gives everyone (Jews and Gentiles, etc...) the opportunity to have eternal life with Christ. Heave and Hell are real places and not a part of mythology.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  7. K.C.

    Jesus Lives!!!

    December 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Steve

      Okay, if you insist.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  8. Mr Chihuahua

    Why do people make such a big deal out of this "his only begotten son" stuff? He couldnt beget himself another one? God's a one hit wonder like Kajagoogoo lol!

    December 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  9. Ground Zero

    Jesus did not die on the cross.
    His blood line lives on today.
    There was no resurection, no miracles.
    Biggest hoax in history.
    Wonderful fairytale to fool the gullible.
    It worked.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • DNA test please

      prove it

      December 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  10. Jascoiety

    God is dead and no one cares... Neither should they care about this. Religion is destroying the planet...

    December 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  11. Freethinker

    I believe some prejudiced people don't like the Jews mainly out of jealousy. Jews tend to be brighter and more sucessful in anything they do. By the way, I am not Jewish.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  12. ken

    as the bible says, "there is no greater love than a man to lay down his {soul} life for another...." but to be philosophical NOBODY killed Jesus, because He was born without sin, he couldnt perish. But he voluntarily gave up the ghost for the remission of the sins of the world and was resurrected to impart His life in a new way...its a great thing, for you haters, try it sometime.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  13. K.C.

    Jesus willingly gave His life so that we might be saved by believing in Him. "No one takes it from ME, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from MY FATHER (John 10:18)."

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

      Why did Mark, Luke and Matthew forget about that one ?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  14. GodofLunaticsCreation


    December 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  15. someguy

    Quit getting upset with anything negative, one jew doesn't represent all of them, by acting like this it seems to say that they do. Next jews will score 38 under par on a regulation 18-hole golf course. jewish probably did do it, only a idiot would think it has something do do with anyone alive today, white people enslaved a race of people and they aint trying to cover that up... maybe germans should protest any link they have to the holocaust with this same logic.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  16. Caiha

    I believe their apology. No really.

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


      December 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation


      December 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  17. Jez

    Fox news did this intentionally to diss Jews. Fox is unbelievably biased.

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

      From how I understand it, FOX news can be summed up as: WASP or GTFO

      December 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  18. Ben

    They did it deliberately. Fox News caters to the base elements of the right wing nuts.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  19. Sheikh Muhammad

    Jesus(Peace be upon him) wasn't killed. He had been lifted to heaven. He will come before the world ends.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • K.C.


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

      Sheikh Muhammad,That's a beautiful response but yes,he was crucified dead and buried. You are right though,he will return at the end. Then there will be peace for all.
      To Laurence: True Christians do not hate the Jews or any other religion. We are not here to judge. There will be only one judge .

      December 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Why do you people keep doing that "peace be upon him" thing ? Are you afraid he is NOT in peace, or not gonna stay there ?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Sheikh Muhammad

      haha Timmy.........nice point.
      We always say "Peace be upon him" whenever we pronounce name of any Prophet in Islam and the named Angles.
      You might find this article useful:

      December 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Why thank you kind sir. I always wondered about that. I will go look at the article right now. Peace be upon YOU then. 🙂

      December 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  20. Laurence

    CHRISTMAS IS BANNED IN ISRAEL AND BY THE JEWS............. yet they wonder why they are hated

    December 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Steve

      No it's not you fool. It's not a national holiday, but it's not banned. It's that way in many countries.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Laurence

      Yes it is banned. No cities are allowed to decorate anything to do with Christmas ! In USA you see menorahs everywhere, yet you need to show me anywhere in Israel public place where there are Christmas decorations and nativity scenes!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • John

      And in what way is it "banned?" There is a law against it? Please provide the citation.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Lorena

      To Laurence:
      There is a Nativity in Bethlehem every year and Bethlehem is where ? Israel........Get your facts straight before you post.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Steve

      If that's how you define it then it's banned in many places in the US as well. Just because governments in Israel, like in many non-Christian countries, don't pay to put up Christian symbols on public property doesn't mean that Christmas is banned there.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Bethlehem is on the West Bank, in Palestine.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
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