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. Ken

    No one killed Jesus, he laid down his life for us! Fox will always be the facilator of lies and hate! If you ever want to know whats wrong with the world, watch the way fox mixes false-hoods with truths! They will keep repeating the lies until they believe them, with the hopes that you will believe.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      So it was a suicide.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  2. Bill

    Time for God to punish Fox and get them of the air. Only crazies work for that station and owned by a Jew, is this nuts or what?

    December 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  3. Jesus is Coming Back to fight Manny Pacquiao!!!


    December 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  4. mikrik13


    December 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  5. Thomson & Thompson

    Methinks a certain news network has run out of belief blog articles and is jealous of a certain other news network!

    December 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Eric Beck

      Methinks you are automatically disqualified from any adult discussion due to your smug use of "methinks".

      December 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  6. Pandora

    This has got to be the stupidest thing I ever heard of! It reminds me of when that loser Mel Gibson was asked if the Jews killed Christ and he said, "Well is sure wasn't the Norweigans!" We all killed him, idiot!

    December 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  7. Jeff

    There are at least 15 prophecies regarding the Messiah (Jesus), many describing his manner of death. Those taking the lead in having him killed was the Jewish High court ( Sanhedrin) Matthew 26:59, 3-5.. One scholar characterized the high priests as men who were "tough, shrewd and competent–and very likely arrogant." Arrogance prevented Caiaphas from accepting the Messiah. This is shown by them taking Jesus to Pilate to sentence him to death. Pilate responds; "Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law." But they say" It is not lawful for us to kill any one.", if they killed Jesus during the Passover Festival, it would likely cause a public uproar, since many hold Jesus in high regard. But if they can get the Romans to execute him on a political charge, (sedition) this will tend to absolve them of responsibility before the people. In short, the Jewish religious leaders were responsible for plotting and carrying out Jesus death, the crowd was duped into believing the false charges brought against Jesus. They were manipulated like so many mobs and crowds are even today are. But to say that a entire race of people are responsible for his death is not correct.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Jack

      Excellent and accurate response – but unacceptable, of course, in a world that is politically correct, anti-religion, and completely ignorant of both religious and secular history earlier than yesterday's celebrity shenanigans.

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

      All the prophesies in Harry Potter are fulfilled in the Deathly Hallows, and WAY more than 15.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Pete

      The problem with prophecies is that no one can predict the future. Sure, one can get lucky occasionally. A broken clock is right twice a day. Don't care what "special" powers one has they can't pull it off. No one can. (How many times has it been predicted that the world will come to an end?) So using the prophecy argument is moot. And for good measure, quoting the New Testament with regards to the Hebrews is weak at best as it was written with bias towards them because they did not accept Jesus as the Messiah. End of story.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • ashrakay

      Too bad the bible didn't predict, Hiroshima, Pearl Harbor, September 11, Hitler, the Black Plague, viruses and antibiotics, Pol Pot, or any of the other horrible things that have happened to man. Instead it wasted its time predicting some guy would come and save everyone (everyone except those who died from all of this other stuff). Oops.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  8. Timmy never really read the Bible

    Yeshua bar Josef, (Jesus), one of many illiterate itinerant preachers, was executed by a "cabal" of authorities, Romans and Jews, because he was a threat to the economic stability of a city based entirely on the temple economy,....(remember the incident the week before his arrest where he went into the temple grounds and overturned the money changers tables)....fees for the priests, fees for the offerings, fees for ritual bathing, fees to stay overnight, fees for this, fees for that, festival fees, travel fees, ritual food fees, fees for feeding the sacrificial animals, etc, etc, ...and ALL had to be changed into Hebrew currency from the prevailing Roman currency of the occupiers, (or it was considered "unclean"). The gospels tell of the authorities looking for him, and he and his followers trying to evade them. All the rest is religious 'slap-on" to the very banal events of history.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  9. ashrakay

    Technically, god killed jesus... since he's the one who sent him to die.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • SuperAtheist

      that's right.. he planned it all... mentally sick being...

      December 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  10. erich2112x

    Wasn't it predestined for Jesus to be killed? I thought we were all damned to hell had Jesus not died on the cross.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Sameer

      That is the biggest lie ever told that Jesus died for your sins, thats how jews fooled us. Amazing.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  11. Muneef

    Well Quran does obviously say that Jesus was nervier crucified nor killed...!! So why accuse the Jews for some thing that they never did to Jesus... But am not sure if they are to be accused of the other person who was in his place on the cross...!?

    December 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • 0G - No gods, ghosts or goblins

      So because your book of crap does not support the christian's book of crap on a major (MAJOR) point of their mythology, your book of crap should be taken as correct? How arrogant is that?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Who Cares?

      Oh, well if the Quran says that it must be true!

      December 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      And [for] their saying, "Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah ." And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain. (4:157)

      Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise. (4:158)

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

      Good ol' Allah, killing some random dude for no good reason so people would believe Jesus died and then let's us know that Jesus didn't actually die.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • 0G - No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Muneef, what other conspiracies does your book of crap deal with? The assassination of JFK or RFK? 9/11 was an inside job? Aliens are among us?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Muneef

      This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah – (2:2)

      Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them,(2:3)

      And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith]. (2:4)

      Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful. (2:5)

      Indeed, those who disbelieve – it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them – they will not believe. (2:6)

      O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before. And whoever disbelieves in Allah , His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray.(4:136)

      December 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Thomson & Thompson

      Muneef-Care to explain the Christmas day bombing of Churches?, is that in your holy book as well?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Muneef

      So seems the sins remains and nobody died for that as been told to fool others of the crime that took place...!?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Who Cares?

      That first sentence is evidence enough that the whole book is full of crap. "This is the book about which there is no doubt." I doubt that.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Muneef

      Never told to bomb any GOD worship houses that is not of Islam but it is happening lately to Mosques as well between Muslims which are of terrorists acts and not religion conflicts...pls note

      December 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Muneef

      Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. (16:125)

      And if you punish [an enemy, O believers], punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed. But if you are patient – it is better for those who are patient. (16:126)

      And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah . And do not grieve over them and do not be in distress over what they conspire. (16:127)

      Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good. (16:128)

      Whoever desires honor [through power] – then to Allah belongs all honor. To Him ascends good speech, and righteous work raises it. But they who plot evil deeds will have a severe punishment, and the plotting of those – it will perish. (35:10)

      December 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Who Cares?

      All done in the name of Allah in declaration of Jihad. Note that as well.

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

      Guess many has grown impatient and are returning punishments...! Or otherwise terrorists made to make Islam look bad and give an excuse to some of interests to invade and confiscate finances and resources of Islamic countries...all look possible if you think of it deeply...conspiracies are every where no a days....

      December 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  12. shelly

    Jesus killed himself because he knew FOX was on the horizon & he didn't want to be here for it.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  13. 0G - No gods, ghosts or goblins

    What's the big deal? According to the jesus myth, he was supposed to "die." What does it matter who was involved – they were just were just following some (alledged) god's mysterious plan.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  14. ML

    Fox biggoted? Say it isnt so!

    December 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  15. ashrakay


    December 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • kateslate

      CSI Jerusalem. I love it

      December 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  16. FunnyChristians

    Funny how in the Old Testament God told the Jews to not worship anyone before Him and that any man claiming to be God is a false prophet and should be out to death. Then Jesus comes along and tells everyone he is God. Hmmmmm, sounds like he was asking for it according the God's rules.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Jeff

      No where in the Bible does Jesus claim to be God. Notice the question asked by the the Chief Priest . Matt. 26:63...."So the high priest said to him; "By the living God I put you under oath to tell us whether you are the Christ the Son of God !" Jeus reply was "you yourself said it." The question was not are you God, but are you the "Son "of God.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  17. JohnR


    December 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • zeke

      Orange Juice!!!!!!!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  18. gratular

    I killed Jesus, and baby Jesus.. My name is Jason and i live in Southern San Diego. If Jesus ever returns, tell him about me and how i'm ready to take him out any time he sets his little feet in "reality"

    December 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      I live in Dana Point. Can you put the baby in the oven. I'll be down for dinner.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  19. Tr1Xen

    A "Who killed Jesus?" poll.... LMFAO!!! Way to go FOX! hahaha

    December 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  20. Cerium

    Everyone has it all wrong. After finding irrefutable evidence he was skimming off the top, it was the Mexican Drug Cartel who had Jésus executed....

    December 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
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