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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

Filed under: Jesus • Judaism • TV • Uncategorized

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  1. us1776

    Fox Fascist-Nazis apologize to Jews? Only if they had their fingers crossed.

    .

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

      Ann Coulter said that the only saving grace for a Jew would be a conversion to Christianity.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Tort

      When she's off her meds she tends to speak. Faux Nooz needs to be shut down for good.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • re-Tort

      Ms Coulter is ONE scary chic. She thinks she is SO funny. Nobody laughs more at her jokes than herself. She's gettin' old now though. The hair extensions gotta go.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  2. anonymous

    the Catholic Church (and Russian Orthodox Church) taught for centuries that the Jews were "Christ-killers" totally ignoring the fact that Jesus was a Jew. The churches fed antisemitism to the masses.... sad, isn't it?

    wonder what Jesus thinks about it all....

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

      The Christian Church teachings that the Jews was Christ' killer was the main reasons why Hitler's Holocaust, not only went unopposed, was vastly supported by Christian Europe.

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

      Im fairly sure that there is no record of Hitler killing a Jewish person.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  3. Brian

    if you're a christian the answer is all of humanity... or you could argue that his father was ultimately responsible... if you're an intelligent, reason focused person then the answer is irrelevant as the whole judeo christian tradition is just a human made fiction (as is all religion) that hasn't passed on like egyptian, greek or roman mythology

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

      "Seek and you shall find". Obviously, you are interested enough to post. If you seek (my version of seeking amounted to actually reading the New Testament and literally getting to know Christ rather than listening to a church leader's dogma), you may find Him, and a whole new world will open up to you. It may not be an easy world, but the scope of this world is exponential, dimensional–like the difference between animal and human existence.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  4. TBaggersSuk

    86% of the Fox News poll blamed Obama for the death of Jesus...

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

      The other 14% blamed George Soros.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  5. Mary

    Yep, Fox is sorry all right. That's how they should be described.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  6. Tom

    The answer is academic. The Jewish religious leaders hated Jesus for various reasons: jealousy, fear of loss of authority to Him, and like most hate mongers or racists–just because they wanted to. They worked for ways to have Him killed. On one occasion, they worked up a crowd against Jesus when Pilate (Jewish born Roman Governer) was looking for a way to free Jesus according to a Jewish-Roman tradition whereby one condemned man per year was freed.
    On another occasion, Judas (a Jew) went to the leaders, and they paid him 20 pieces of silver to betray Jesus.
    So technically, YES, Jews were responsible for his murder. However, that doesn't mean that all Jewish people are responsible or that Jewish people are bad–no more than Germans are bad because on one occasion they followed Hitler, or Americans are bad because they supported G W Bush when he desired to attack Iraq and worked the people into a frenzy of hatred which ultimately resulted in the murder of a million Iraqis (many small children). Jesus himself was a Jew, so to racially blame the Jews for his death is senseless. So if the question is a question with the aim of accuracy and not for reasons to stir up racial hatred, then yes, certain Jews carry a great deal of responsibility for His murder. Likewise, Americans kill other Americans, but that doesn't mean Americans are racially motivated killers.
    Like I said, It is academic.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • joe

      We ALL nailed Jesus to the cross.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      I agree but wanted to add that Judaism is not a race.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • JoJo

      "....G W Bush when he desired to attack Iraq and worked the people into a frenzy of hatred which ultimately resulted in the murder of a million Iraqis (many small children). ..." But GW implied that the Prince of Peace TOLD him to do that, and I don't think he and Cheney and Rove would tell a fib, do you?

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

      I did not know that Pontious Pilate was Jewish. Can you provide sources for that item?

      December 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Jim

      @Tom, all accounts I've read peg Pilate as a Pagan.

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

      My apologies. Pilate was not Jewish. However, he felt he was being pressured into killing Jesus by the Jewish leaders and their mad crowd, and so washed his hands saying something like, I will be free of the blame for the death of this innocent man.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Livelystone

      While on the cross Jesus said "forgive them," that were the same words that Stephen, who was a follower of Jesus, said as he was being stoned to death by the jewish people who were encouraged by the same ones who crucified Jesus

      It is not a matter of who killed Jesus (other than to fulfill prophecy) but that He died for you and for me !

      Blessings

      LS

      December 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Tort

      The passages describing this "event" show that it was nothing but a first-century version of a Faux Nooz article anyway.
      The whole description stinks and cannot be relied upon for anything at all.
      Don't read BS stories. The Bible is nothing but BS. The passages telling of the "cruxifiction" are laughable and unbelievably stupid and unrealistic. The fakery really shows through when reading about the "cruxi-fiction" and anyone who falls for that crap is just another gullible fool who will find other fools to sit next to in church.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Jim

      @Livelystone, it depends on which gospel you choose to believe, see Matthew 27:45-46 below:

      From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

      December 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • re-Tort

      joe,
      I didn't. I just like to watch.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Tom

      @ Tort: Most historians believe Jesus was a real man who actually lived. Some believe the Romans killed Him for sedition. Consider that some of the disciples believed Him enough to die for their belief. All his believers believed Him enough to face a bloody Roman Empire and crucifixion and enough to establish what would become a worldwide religion. So, you are going against many well-established and common-sense realities. "Seek, and you shall find". No one can find Christ without looking. This is what I wish for you, my friend, that you seek Him.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Tort

      No need to seek "Jesus" when there is nothing to suggest he's any more "findable" than Santa Claus or Baba Yaga.
      Popularity does not determine truth and does not prove your "god" exists.
      Dying for a myth also does not prove the myth to be true.
      Why don't you read the Bible and look with the sharpest of eyes. Seek the truth in the Bible and you will see how much of it is lies, and then you'll be an agnostic and then maybe an atheist.
      Just read the Bible and see it is just words on a page made up by a bunch of primitive superstltious people with personal agendas about everything.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  7. corntrader19

    I am a Christian and I wondered why this poll was even taken. What does this have to do with anything? This is not something that is open for debate. FOX needs to stick to news and keep out of the religion business.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Bonnie

      Please see my earlier post. Much hate and maltreatment of Jews has been done by "christians" in the last millenium; when actually it was the false religion of the "church" of which its leaders, out of ENVY, demanded that the Romans kill Jesus.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Livelystone

      @ Bonnie

      Your statement is without any merit or witnesses (as required by jewish law ) within the time period of Jesus or the first century church

      You have been beguiled by those who teach such falsehoods to innocent victims such as you.

      Blessings

      LS

      December 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  8. JoJo

    I wonder who Mel Gibson voted for in the poll?

    December 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  9. HereticX

    Option 4 – who cares because what difference does it make? BTW – it was the Romans who crucified thousands for threatening the peace and stability of the Roman Empire. Jesus preached the coming of the Empire of Heaven any day, which was akin to a trying to instigate a revolt in the minds of the Romans. All his followers believed it would come after his death. The were sorely disappointed. Then about 100 years later Paul did the same thing – any day now! It was always about the end of the Roman Empire occupation! But the passing of the Roman Empire wasn't enough (kind of like when Forrest Gump stopped running – "So what do we do now?"). Then came the idea of the Christian version of Hell which hadn't existed before but was an excellent vehicle to keep alive "Any day now!" So that tired record about the Kingdom of Heaven on earth has been playing 2000+ years. Any day now! Whatever. What's more outrageous is National Geographic being part of Fox. Fox is probably trying to kill National Geographic.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  10. Bette23

    I have never understood the confusion. The Temple religious leaders wanted him dead, and on trumped up charges, the Romans crucified him. Its all in the Bible in plain black and white. If you believe the Bible, that is.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Hitler never personally killed a Jewish person either.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  11. Bonnie

    Actually, this is a question that needs to be asked, as most people don't realize the true answer. Chief Priests, and the "Church" of that day killed Jesus, just as the "churches" of today are still spreading falsehoods about Jesus, thereby facilitating spiritual genocide-to those who love falsehood and refuse the truth that is found in Jesus' teachings in the Bible.
    Matthew 28:11-15- The Chief Priests, representing the "church" paid the Roman soldiers to lie and say that Jesus' disciples came and stole his body, thereby denying his resurrection. See also Revelation 2:9"....the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews, and yet they are not but a synagogue of Satan." This says it all.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  12. Freethinker

    I honestly believe that Jesus was a very good man with good intentions. It does not matter what was his real name. He
    sincerely tried to improve the life of his fellow human being. Althought he was not very educated and did not know much, his promises of grandiose godly blessings attracted the uneducated and gullible mass. And that worried the Romans, so they had to kill him to keep peace in the region. That's all to it.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  13. DeeCee2011

    OMG, just another example of the extremes from the bigoted FOX network. And think of all those current presidential candidates who regularly appear on FOX. Yes – I am implying a connection!!!

    December 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Independent_me

      I agree with you!
      I am just amazed at the people who call themselves "Christians" who cherish and celebrate FOX and the other wolves in sheep's clothing...

      They have eyes to see and don't see...

      December 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  14. Fantasies

    I'm looking forward to discovering who killed FOX "news"

    December 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  15. TG

    It was at the behest of the Jewish religious leaders that Jesus was impaled on a torture stake, saying before Pilate: "Impale him ! Impale him !....We have no king but Caesar."(John 19:6, 15) After the resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus just days earlier, the apostle John wrote that "from that day on they took counsel to kill him (Jesus)."(John 11:43, 44, 53) Some 20 years later, the apostle Paul, who was a Jew, wrote that "the Jews...killed even the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us."(1 Thess 2:14, 15)

    And to add greater weight to the Jews blood guilt as a nation, Jesus told the Jewish religious leaders: "Serpents, offspring of vipers, how are you to flee from the judgment of Ge·hen′na? For this reason, here I am sending forth to you prophets and wise men and public instructors. Some of them you will kill and impale, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city; that there may come upon you all the righteous blood spilled on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zech·a·ri′ah son of Bar·a·chi′ah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar."(Matt 23:33-35)

    Because the Jewish religious leaders displayed a murderous spirit, even as Satan has (John 8:44), Jesus scathingly condemned them and placed them as part and parcel with the global false religious harlot, Babylon the Great, whereby at Revelation 18:24, it says that "in her was found the blood of prophets and of holy ones and of all those who have been slaughtered on the earth.” For her blood guilt, in which the Jews as a nation are part of, Jehovah God has decreed that she be "burned with fire."(Rev 18:8)

    December 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • yaa

      And then he woke up after eight days and wasn't found again....no body no kill.
      On a side note, we should look for him in Argentina or Chile

      December 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Bonnie

      The true "nation" of Jews is called Israel, both in the physical and spiritual sense, those who perservere with God; God's true and first people. Romans 9:27, "..."Although the number of the sons of Israel may be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved." God, in the end, will "open the eyes of their hearts" Jews who truly love God, and they will accept Jesus as he really is, the only-begotten SON of God. Therefore, God will NOT be burning Israel. False religion is an equal opportunity calamity that is definitely part of "Babylon the Great" and will definitely be burned and destroyed.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  16. Independent_me

    Haha! I wonder what all of those FOX addicted so-called Christians who profess to support Israel think now?
    No doubt they will give FOX a pass...

    Betcha!

    December 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  17. the_dude

    What exactly is wrong with the poll? Didn't someone actually kill Jesus? I thought some Roman soldier killed him by piercing him with a spear?

    December 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Jesus was dead when they pierced him with the spear. The Romans were making sure they were dead and were killing those on the crosses. John 19:33-34 "But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water."

      December 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Yeshua Is Messiah

      A good question. Yet, no one killed him. The crucifixion at the hands of the higest human authority in Jerusalem by Roman soilders only assisted in His dying. He was completly in control and gave up His life on Earth when He took upon Himself the sin of humanity. After He had died, a Roman soilder pierced His side and from there blood and water flowed, giving the indication He died of a broken heart. Jesus gave up His life to give glory to His Father in Heaven. Only He could do what He did, only He could give His life for anyone who would, who will believe that He alone is the true Messiah, that He alone is the only way to the father and eternal life.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      So you're saying he comitted suicide.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      woops...committed...

      December 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  18. Eric Beck

    FOX is evil.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Independent_me

      AGREED!!!
      There is a reason they are named "FOX" news...

      December 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  19. evensteven

    I thought Jesus died for our "sins". I guess we all had a hand in it . . .

    December 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Independent_me

      good point!

      December 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • oddcats

      I hope you have a brain (at least the size of a quark) enough to understan between "died" and murdered.

      I thought that atheists are intelligent creatures, I'm just overwhelmed by the posts on this board that says and proves otherwise.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Globecoin

      You have it right evensteven, that was the purpose of His coming, to die for all of our sins. People should stop blaming groups and should know what Christianity actually teaches!

      December 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  20. kateslate

    Nobody really knows exactly what happened. Books were written years and lifetimes after Jesus' life. The Bible is simply not a factual account of anything. I don't know why people cannot figure that one out. If I die, and people who knew people who knew people who knew me write a story, I don't expect it will be factual, as we understand the word "factual." Allegorical? Maybe. A good story? Probably. Factual? Nope.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
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