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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. Dot

    This is just an invitation for haters on all sides and unnecessary. I wish some of these discussion sites would have an opportunity for real and respectful discussion.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Sparky

      Proposal: Our universe is the Fourier transform of one where frequency is money, and "What's the time, Kenneth?" is a weird question.

      Discuss.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Sparky.
      Fat chance. 99.999 % of the posters here failed 3rd grade arithmetic. They were too busy reading their Bible Story book, which they never gave up.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  2. A Pagan

    Actually no one killed jesus as he never existed to begin with..

    But hey do not let the reality that there is not one shred of archeological evidence that supports a man by this name to have ever existed.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • NotAFan

      I pray for you and the day you encounter Christ. May you enjoy your eternal life in hell... though I hope that before then you meet your Savior.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Kevin

      No one disputes that Jesus was a real man and existed 2000 years ago, and that includes his enemies.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • Who Cares?

      Not a believer and even I think you're full of crap. 1000s of years from now there will be no definitive archaeological, historical or any other evidence whatsoever you existed either.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      @Kevin. You need to get out a little more.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  3. Brett

    I didn't like Jesus anyway. Good riddance.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  4. LeonardK

    The gospels are a lot like one of those movies about prison gangs. Draw your own conclusions!

    December 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  5. James Olsen

    Ummm I am confused, why is this an issue, its a known fact that the Jews were involved with his death, they don't like the blame now because its inconvenient

    December 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Alex

      Killed for political expedience. This happens still today among all peoples. Methinks you've got a little anti-semitism of yourself simmering.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      It's not even a "known fact" that he existed. There's a pretty plausible story in the Bible about why he might have been deemed persona non grata, but the independent evidence of his existence is very shaky, at best.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  6. Who Cares?

    The better question is: Who cares? Just like I'm sick of being held accountable for slavery and the slaughter of natives, something I had nothing to do with, stop holding the death of Jesus over the Jews 2000 years later. Yeesh, stop holding grudges against the current generation for the crimes/sins/slights of their parents.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  7. Pastor Mike Palevo

    Mat 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
    Num 35:33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.

    The Same murderous Jews that put Our Lord and Saviour to death is the same spirited people we have to deal with today. Their murderous, Wicked, ungodly, Anti-Christ, etc. That may sound anti-semitic, but "Facts are Facts". BTW, most are not even Semitic by Blood!

    December 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Darth Cheney

      Sieg Hiel, Adolf...

      December 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Freethinker

      Please refrain from quoting the Bible. Psalm 137:9 also said that "Blessed is the one who grabs your little children and
      smashes them against a rock". Any book that contains such horrible teaching has no moral authority to preach anything. And there are more than a thousand similar instances in the Bible.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Adolf Hitler

      Pastor Mike....You are even sicker than I was. Sieg Heil....You racist jerk!

      December 30, 2011 at 6:06 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. Guess Mikey doesn't read much either.
      How many of the other great religions of the world have you examined in detail, and why exactly did you pick THAT one ?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • Snoot

      I hear ya, Mike baby. Why don't you goose-step on over to my place – we'll have a kegger.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Who Cares?

      "That may sound anti-semitic." Ya think? Might be because it is. If you're really a Pastor you're obviously in the wrong profession, there are hundreds of passages you obviously haven't read (including commands to love, forgive, not judge, not hold children accountable for the sins of their fathers, etc, etc, etc).

      December 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      If we stipulate that Jesus had to die to fulfill his divine mission, somebody had to carry the water, didn't they? The heroes (Jews, Romans, space aliens, whoever) came through! You haters need to re-examine your concepts.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Jim

      You are clearly not someone who follows the teachings of Jesus, despite your "pastor" claims. Jesus said "do not judge". Jesus also said "love your neighbor". He didn't say "except". If you want to peddle hate, please do not do it in the name of Jesus. That is not what Jesus tried to teach humanity.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  8. bobcat2u

    If you really think about it, it was indeed the jewish people who were responsible for his death. The explanation is very simple. The jewish people in that day were very oppressed. They knew that if they supported jesus in any way, they may very well face the same punishment. So, being the scared ass little people they are, they went along with majority rule. Need more proof ? Just look how it is in the middle east today. Those people are like a tree in the wind. They're going to bend in whichever way the wind blows to cover their asses.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  9. Bumper

    HE IS ALIVE AND WELL!! THAT STONE HAS BEEN ROLLED AWAY!!! HE OVERWHELMED THE GRAVE!!! HE IS HIGH AND LIFTED UP!!! HE IS COMING BACK AND HIS RETURN WILL BE UNMISTAKABLE TO EVERYONE!!! WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF TH EARTH!!!!!!!!

    December 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • No.

      Good try, though!

      December 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      THE CAPS LOCK IS ON THE LEFT OF YOUR KEYBOARD. DISENGAGE IT.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  10. Jack Sparrow

    Nobody killed Jesus because he didn't die on the cross. There is more and more evidence supporting this claim and eventually the whole truth will be known. Sorry to say, but most of the story we hear about Jesus is just flat out wrong.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      I'd love to see this evidence.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Who Cares?

      Yeah, I'm not even a believer and don't buy what you're selling.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  11. Tom

    Way to go Fox. "Yea the jews did it – lets get them!! (again for the 10 millionth time).
    How about this – there are no Roman records of a Jesus of Nazareth being crucified. But we do know that hundreds of Jews were crucified every night outside of Jerusalem as the Romans were attempting to squash a revolt.
    Nobody wines about the Romans. In fact – ROME killed Jesus, and all Italians everywhere are to blame – how about that for a story, Fox.

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

      Sounds like your a racist. Italian heritage doesn't designate a religion like Jewish heritage does.

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

      @GodofLunaticsCreation, I know it must be confusing, but "Jewish" (i.e., Judaism) is a religion. It is not a nationality or race. No doubt that accounts for the high level of continuing Jewishness. Notwithstanding that, just like you and me, people raised in the Jewish faith or with a Jewish heritage are free to become anything else they want to be. And, you or I could become just as Jewish as Shmuel Goldmann up the street.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  12. jaremelz

    I did. I ate him with fava beans and a nice chianti. Delicious.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  13. MeatyPortion

    Jesus died from eating shellfish and wearing mixed-textile clothing.

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

      Men who wear sandals get what's coming to them.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  14. GodofLunaticsCreation

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

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

      Hahahahahahahahahahaha This is hilarious.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Bill Mosby

      Looks like they forgot to take out the little scene of military child abuse at the end, though. Wonder what that part was about?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  15. Sparky

    Jesus died eating something on a dare. The Last Supper painting is actually the first episode of JackA$$.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  16. FU

    When is fox going to apologize for murdering news?

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

      Yeah then and MSNBC (aka MSLSD) need to go

      December 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  17. ron mcloughlin

    I recently saw a John McLaughlin 1-on-1 program where the Iman sed the Koran says that Jesus wasn't crucified! Wow, that's like the Iranian president saying that the Holocaust never happened. All U have to do is to read the sign on the cross above Jesus' head: INRI, Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews. Latin, the language of Rome had no J and no Y for that matter. I think that sign spells treason in most peoples' books and the Romans were killing a genuine insurrectionist. It was a further mocking of Him. Putting the death of Jesus on the head of the Jews in just so much BS. Blame the Greeks for instigating the myth of Jesus, whose life was not put into "print" until 70 AD/CE. There's more but art is long and time is short. However, suffice it to say how nobody explained how it was possible for a body to hang for 3 hours on the cross w/o tearing away from the cross. SPARTACUS showed that ropes not nails were used.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

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

      December 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  18. Thomas

    the sick thing that most secular people do not understand, is that we all killed Jesus...for he died for the sins of the world, not just jewish sins, but english sins, russian sins, american sins...he died for the sins of the world...so his blood is on all of us...which is great, because it is the blood that washes white as snow...ohhhh, precious is the flow, that makes us white as snow....no other fount i know....nothing but the blood of Jesus....

    December 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • Mr Chihuahua

      Dude thats kinda scary and a little gross lol!

      December 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • ron mcloughlin

      Pure apple crapple!

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

      So...snow is God menstruating?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • NotAFan

      Very True. I am so thankful He died for my sins even when I am so undeserving.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  19. Truth Teller

    Jesus came to earth to die for man's sins. He voluntarily left heaven and lived among us to show us the way. Prior to Jesus dying on the cross in order to remove sin the priests had to shed the blood of innocent animals at an altar. After Jesus was crucified by the Romans (notice the Roman Empires is no longer a world power) the veil inside the holy of holy was split in two. This means that we no longer need a human priest as an intermediary between God and man. Instead, we have Jesus as the intermediary. The Jews in fact asked for Jesus to be crucified and they chose to let Barabas loose (he was a convicted felon held in prison by the Romans). The Jew stated, "Let his (i.e. Jesus) blood by upon us. That is a historical fact but the story does not end there. Jesus when being crucified prayed for those who were responsible for his crucifiction, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". There is no curse as the curse was lifted. Three days later Jesus rose from the dead and 500 + people in history were personal witnesses to that fact.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • ron mcloughlin

      "The Jew stated, "Let his (i.e. Jesus) blood by upon us. That is a historical fact but the story does not end there. Jesus when being crucified prayed for those who were responsible for his crucifiction, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do".I never understood how a person cud commit sin w/o knowing that it was a sin. Is it a "sin" to electrocute an innocent person? Is it a sin to tell a lie so as not to offend someone? Sin makes me grin!

      December 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • The HIstorian

      and in other news, Anakin married Padme.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      You appear to be a little confused between "history" and "Bible." In history, we know there was a Caesar Augustus and kings/rulers named Herod. We can be pretty sure there was a Peter and a Paul, or equivalents thereof, because the Roman Catholic Church came into existence somehow and there are a few other quasi-independent indications of their existence. There is somewhat shaky independent indication of the existence of a person named Jesus in Israel during the period that would be biblically relevant. There is no HISTORICAL record of a crowd deciding for Barabbas over Jesus, and certainly none (outside biblical sources) of witnesses to his rising from the dead. BTW, if the curse was lifted, then it wasn't Rome's participation in the crucifixion that doomed the Roman Empire.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  20. BMoore

    There's nothing wrong with the question, but the options were insufficient. From the perspective of the Bible, no one person or group bears sole responsibility for Jesus' death. Here's what I mean: 1) God the Father was responsible for giving His Son to be sacrificed for our sins...something that He planned "before the creation of the world." (1 Peter 1:20) 2) Jesus is responsible for willingly giving Himself to die for our sins when He could have called down a legion of angels to His defense. 3) Some, not all, of the Jewish leaders were responsible for delivering Jesus over to the Romans and demanding He be crucified. 4) The crowd was responsible for choosing Barabbas over Jesus. 5) Pontius Pilate was responsible for condemning a man He knew to be innocent of any capital crime. 6) The Romans were responsible for carrying out the act of crucifixion that killed Jesus. 7) Jesus died for the sins of the whole world in order to satisfy the just requirements of God and make a way for us to be reconciled to Him, so ALL OF US are ultimately responsible for Jesus' death...even those of you who think this is a bunch of nonsense!

    December 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • ron mcloughlin

      More Christian crap!

      December 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • re-Tort

      8). Pops requiring junior to commit suicide because he was such a jerk he couldn't say, "I forgive them".
      9) They were running out of goats for the sacrifices and had to use "him".

      December 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
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