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. Kevin O.

    I'd rather the poll be "Who killed Jon Benet Ramsey?"

    December 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Kevin O.

      or better yet "What was the name of the guy whom Laura Bush ran over?"

      December 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Chad

      So what were the poll results? You can't just throw it out there and then leave us hanging CNN??? If Dubya was a choice I bet he would've been the weiner, I mean er, winner.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      The bum from the alley killed Jon Bennet. Don't you watch TV ?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  2. David

    Any true believer in Christ will tell you that God gave his only Son to die. Christ became our sin which was put to death on the cross. Then Christ's perfect record of a sin-free life was given to each believer.

    Now, when God looks upon each believer, He sees the perfection of His one and only Son. We become God's adopted children with all of the rights and privileges of His very own. This is known as the double cure and was predestined by God before all things were made.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • AgnosticsAnonymous

      Does this double cure also cure Cancer?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • David

      It could LORD willing.

      But this is of the spiritual and not the physical. To the person outside of God's enabling Spirit, Christianity is all folly.

      One can only come to believe in Christ by the power of the Spirit of God. Ask for God's Spirit and you too can understand and be saved.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      If god were really omnipotent he could get to everyone.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • David

      Make no mistake, God is omnipotent. it's God that chooses whom He will call to Himself by the gift of His Spirit. It is not a work that any of us can do on our own with our sinful nature.

      December 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Peppermint Patty

      That's nice. And so VERY random. So your god is a capricious SOB.

      December 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  3. Mike

    How delicate Jewish sensibilities must be. When I grew up in Latin America "judios" would have been the answer given by the majority.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  4. Seth


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

      Go take a Dulcolax.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • Peppermint Patty


      December 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  5. bz

    The incredible truth of Christ is that he died willingly...not wanting to suffer...but willing to do so. Additionally, he rose from the dead and lives on now and forever as the king of all kings. He, as part of the triune God, has always existed and always will. He is eternal...a concept our human minds struggle to comprehend. And even in the end..he has a plan of salvation for Gods chosen people...the Jews. He is a God of grace and love...and also of absolute wisdom and power. Do not make the mistake of mocking him. He is Lord of all.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • ChristianZionist888

      Yeah, the "plan of salvation" that certain Christian groups have in store for the Jews and for Israel is: Convert or Die. Hardly a noteworthy plan.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Tort

      I mock your foolishness and gullibility in believing the ridiculous and clearly fake stories contained in the Bible.
      Why should I mock something that doesn't exist? I mock you instead because you're a brainwashed cult follower who is very close to being given cyanide-laced koolaide to drink.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Ron

      Jesus could be the greatest man to walk the earth ever. I can give you that and his message, deeds unsurpassed. The fact that the church in 240CE changed him from a Man to a God violates the first commandment.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  6. Alex Santana

    What? Fair and Balanced Fox Noise made a mistake??? I guess it FAIR to say,that nothing they say is BALANCED!
    I had a discussion with someone over Christmas who swore by Fox and Sean "Is my hair rea?l" Hannity...I told him that it is the Sean Hannity "Show"...not news...all of the Fox puppets are entertainers, not a true journalist among them.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • JewsForJesus

      Well sometimes they tell the truth. I remember the Lou Dobbs show warning of our coming depression and of more bank failures. He was right.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  7. petemg

    Does it matter who killed Jesus. Jesus was sacrificed for the people before Him, during His time and for the people of all times. He died so we could live eternally. It was all done in grace. Grace which is given freely and not bought by doing good deeds. Jesus knew he was sent to earth to live, to do miracles, to be whipped, to be judged and to be crucified. He is the One who gave up His soul to His heavenly Father, our heavenly Father. So does it matter how Jesus died. No. He died so we could live eternally.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • Inconvenient George

      Wow. Good going. You have all the little pieces of that little puzzle put into their little places. How you just have to explain why the "loving father" created the pay-back scheme in the first place that required his kid to die. Isn't it time for humans to grow up, and give up the "angry gods" myth ?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  8. ProudAmerican

    What troubles me is the fact that the poll is seen as evil simply because the word "Jewish" is included. I don't condone hate mongering but why can not the word "Jewish" be used in the poll? We are not living in Soviet Russia and Fox is not Pravda, although it probably comes really close.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • AgnosticsAnonymous

      Sounds about right, the Gestapo is killing any stories that might reflect badly on Apartheid Israel.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  9. Alex

    Blame the Muslims

    December 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • ProudAmerican

      The Koran talks very highly of Jesus Christ and of Mary. I don't think that the Talmud does the same.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  10. JOhnny88

    God did it.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  11. Dhulfiqar

    I don't get it - what's wrong with the poll?

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

      Exactly! The poll, according to the story, was not instigating violence or racism.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  12. Simantob

    If you think the Jews, rather than the Romans occupying israel, killed a Jewish rabbi, then you should thank the Jews because according to your religion you would not be saved but for Jesus' death.

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

      Some Jewish thinkers owe Hitler an apology, considering your logic and how they reconcile their faith and the Holocaust. You know, that whole God's will stuff.
      Four biblical models are often mentioned in response to the existential
      questions brought on by the Holocaust. The first is the "Binding of Isaac." By
      comparing the victims of the Holocaust to the biblical Isaac, the Jews are seen
      not as sinners (as in the aforementioned positions), but rather as innocent
      victims who were sacrificed as a test of their Jewish faith. The second model
      is the image of the "Suffering Servant" used by the prophet Isaiah. Those that
      compare Holocaust victims to God's "Suffering Servant" see them as bearing
      the weight of the sins of others. God is even viewed as sharing in the torment
      of those righteous sufferers, and rewarding them in the world to come. The
      third biblical model calls up the idea of Hester Panim, or God's hiddenness.
      Some believe that God "hides" Himself in order to tolerate sin in the world,
      and along the way people are hurt by that sin. Others assert that there is no
      explanation for God's hiding. The last biblical model brought up in response to
      the Holocaust is the "Job" analogy. Job, who was not a sinner, was dealt great
      suffering as a test of his belief in God's existence; the Jewish victims of the
      Holocaust are seen as confronting a similar situation.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  13. kude

    They should have worded it better;it should have been "The Israelites"

    December 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  14. TonyInNYC

    How come you almost never hear anyone blame the Romans, who came from the place where the Church of Rome is based?

    December 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • spacejamz

      jews are romans retard

      December 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • TonyInNYC

      Perhaps, spacejamz, and I certainly appreciate your thoughtful insight; however, there seems to be a lot less anti-Romanism in the world these days than anti-Semitism.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Matthew

      Surely your post is a joke, right? Can you possibly be that simple?

      The Catholic Church ("Church of Rome," as you oddly phrased it) came *after* the Roman Empire, not the other way around. That means the Church developed where the Roman Empire was centered, not that the Romans came from the place the Catholic Church was centered. Stop trying to inject your silly religious biases into everything.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  15. Bumper

    Jesus is going to come again. Don't miss out on your opportunity to gain eternal life through Him.There is no way to God accept through Christ. Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc... all represent false religions. Read his Word. This time, his return will be in Glory and unmistakable to everyone!!!! In this case, we won't be arguing about whether or not he existed. He obviously existed 2000 years ago as he is alive and with his Father in Heaven today. There are more writings on Jesus than any other person in the history of the world.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • gchadney

      "false religions"??? How arrogant as well as ignorant you are.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • Tort

      Popularity does not confer truth.
      Neither does a majority opinion or a mountain of "writings" confer truth to a myth.
      And dying for a myth does not make it true, either.
      Nor does your inner belief make something true.
      In fact, your unwillingness to examine the facts makes your ignorant opinions worthless.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Jim

      You should write infomercials.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Inconvenient George

      Does he give coupons in case I'm busy the day of the first go-round ?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  16. Tort

    I see there are some "Jews" who seek to silence all dissent, all questioning, and who do not respect the rights of others to ask questions.
    Why don't they just grab a swastika and grow little mustaches? Then we would be able to recognize their racist asses much more easily.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • faye62

      These are non-Christian Jews ( that don't accept the New Testament which is why they reject Jesus). No one killed Jesus; He offered Himself as a sacrafice. His death would have happened if there weren't a Jew in sight.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Tort

      I think you must be responding to someone else. Your reply does not appear to be a response to my post.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  17. BJ412

    The Fox Poll must have been designed by Mel Gibson.

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

      Well he is working on the new Hanukkah movie. Seriously! But that story is also famously misrepresented as well.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  18. spacejamz

    God is responsible he sent Jesus to die...what a dick lolz

    December 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  19. Richard Cheese

    Who killed Jesus? Rational thought.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Jim

      Not dead yet...

      December 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  20. Grace

    After "what difference does it make", I wonder how much history we're going to rewrite so we don't offend anyone. The tale in the bible suggests it was a combined Roman/Jewish effort. But...if Jesus died for people's sins and the possiblity of redemptive life, then really, didn't R/J in the end save all man's immortal souls?

    December 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Tort


      December 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Who Cares?

      But if that's true we can't irrationally hate them anymore... Well, I guess there's still everyone else.

      December 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • re-Tort


      December 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Tort

      No. Not really. Not only is there no such thing as "sin", there is no god to "sin" against, and no reason to believe any religious BS.
      Genesis makes it quite clear that your "paradise" is a lush jungle inhabited by primates where you are a primate, and where intelligence and morality is a crime punishable by "exile."
      Read Genesis, the basis for your claims of "sin" and then explain how anyone can "sin" against a super-being who supposedly "knows-all, sees-all, does-all, and is all-powerful" and who supposedly created the universe including creatures that somehow go against his "design" and I will just laugh in your stupid face.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • re-Tort

      Well OK then. I agree.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
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