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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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  1. James

    This is absurd. Everybody knows that the Jews killed Jesus and that is a consummated fact, the animadversion to the Jews is not coming from something that happened 2000 years ago.
    The generalized "bad will!" against the Jews is because of their recent actions against the Palestine People, the blockade in Gaza, the awful attack to the Aid Carrying Turkey ships, their continuous illegal settlements in Western Jerusalem and their deliberated boycott of the Peace Talks.
    The good thing is that the lay Jew people are a lot better than their government and are not the culprit of the bad image Israel has in the world, now if only they would do a good thing and organize and "Occupy Israel Government" movement to throw away those ultra fanatic that are making look bad to Israel and its unfair and unconditional ally USA.

    December 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • re-Tort

      There's a new one. What's a "consummated" fact ? A fact that had se'x ?

      December 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Tort

      LOL

      December 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • James

      Consummated like in http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definitions/Consummate, but I still get your joke! LOL.

      December 30, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  2. JK

    GodofLunaticsCreation: Yes, you are correct on both counts. But many Jews did believe then – and now. And scripture foretells that many more will believe in the future.

    AngryJew: You have every right not to believe. Personally, I love the Jews so very much. If it wasn't for them, the world would be without the Word of God – in many ways. It's also why Satan has worked tirelessly throughout history to try to annihilate them from existence. Why are you angry?

    Doug: Your post made no sense. What does racism have to do with believing in the right God? We have every right to tell people they have the wrong God. Read about Elijah and the wet pile of wood.

    December 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Rick

      JK: You do have every right to tell people they have the wrong religion. And they have a right so suggest you have special relationship with a drum of KY jelly and a pineapple

      December 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Tort

      So a clear and incontrovertible test of your "god's" existence appeals to you? Let's see a modern Elijah do something we can all prove to be a hoax or not. The old Elijah failed with the wet wood display. We know enough about chemistry now to easily show such a "miracle" to be nothing but a hoax. If you need a miracle, where is your faith? Show us your fake god who demands worship yet never appears!
      Bring the little bugger out and let us get a good look at him! No technological tricks! Put up or shut up!

      December 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Rightster

      Well if Gingrich has his way, the Israelis will continue trying to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians or annihilate them from the pages of history – they're just a figment of someone's imagination you know.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Rightster

      The Europeans (who came to America) have a pretty good record of annihilation of whole peoples and it had nothing to do with Jews.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Peppermint Patty

      The "word of god" is a Greek, (Gnostic) idea, not a Jewish one.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • Peppermint Patty

      BTW, it's not originally, a Christian idea either.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  3. Rightster

    Einstein had it correct!

    As a Jew himself, Einstein said he had a great affinity with Jewish people but said they "have no different quality for me than all other people".

    "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.

    "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this," he wrote in the letter written on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, cited by The Guardian newspaper.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  4. jeff

    Hi,

    Hans Christian Andersen said “If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand fully the source of my longing and – pity me. Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths, which no divers know.”

    Our hearts want to find meaning, deeper meaning to what existence is all about. Find spirituality within. You can do it on your own. Work to find your own answers to the mysteries, that of life and love. Each person deserves this freedom, to discover on their own. Do not let the past slow you down. Question what's been taught; grow!

    December 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Tort

      I grew into an atheist. Any inner yearnings can be examined to see where they come from.
      Emotions are not spiritual proof of anything "supernatural", so the label of "spirituality" is inaccurate at best and misleading.
      If there was anything "supernatural" that actually existed, proof could easily be given for it at any time, yet we see no proof throughout history, just the yammering of deluded people. Nothing "magical" anywhere.
      Nothing. Not a single thing.
      Ever.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • re-Tort

      That recurrent impulse/need to infuse and lengthen your mortality with some sort of "supernatural" extra dimension, which sees your life as "meaningful" only if it lasts a LONG LONG time, is mostly cultural, as some societies do not think in those terms. Quant'ity over quality is a common error. It's a learned pattern of thought. It can be jettisoned, and abandoned. No dead person has EVER ONCE come back from the dead. The arrow of time only flows in one direction. Physicists have theories about why that might be, but no concrete answer yet. That does not mean the childish answer is the best one.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • Rubedo

      tort-Can you prove that God does NOT exist?

      January 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  5. Jonathan Michael Brouillette

    The Epistle of Ignatius (Student of the Apostle John) to the Smyrnaeans
    Let no man deceive himself. Both the things which are in heaven, and the glorious angels,(36) and rulers, both visible and invisible, if they believe not in the blood of Christ, shall, in consequence, incur condemnation.(37) "He that is able to receive it, let him receive it."(38) Let not [high] place puff any one up: for that which is worth all is(39) faith and love, to which nothing is to be preferred. But consider those who are of a different opinion with respect to the grace of Christ which has come unto us, how opposed they are to the will of God. They have no regard for love; no care for the widow, or the orphan, or the oppressed; of the bond, or of the free; of the hungry, or of the thirsty.

    Let no man deceive himself. Unless he believes that Christ Jesus has lived in the flesh, and shall confess His cross and passion, and the blood which He shed for the salvation of the world, he shall not obtain eternal life, whether he be a king, or a priest, or a ruler, or a private person, a master or a servant, a man or a woman. "He that is able to receive it, let him receive it."(40) Let no man's place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man's low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbour. For, "Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and thy neighbour as thyself."(41) And the Lord says, "This is life eternal, to know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent."(42) And again, "A new commandment give I unto you, that ye love one another. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."(43) Do ye, therefore, notice those who preach other doctrines, how they affirm that the Father of Christ cannot be known, and how they exhibit enmity and deceit in their dealings with one another. They have no regard for love; they despise the good things we expect hereafter; they regard present things as if they were durable; they ridicule him that is in affliction; they laugh at him that is in bonds.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Rightster

      Every religion has their holy texts to prove they are correct and every other religion is wrong!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Cave ab homine unius libri

      December 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  6. Mary Davis

    Jesus was crucified for all mankind. God knew what he was doing when he sacrificed his only son for the sins of many. Because
    Jesus died, every human being will have to make their own choice. Do you choose Heaven or Hell? I love God and I thank him for the
    choice he made. Jesus died for me. What greater gift is there than this? I LOVE my Heavenly Father. I LOVE Jesus and I LOVE the
    Holy Spirit who lives inside of me. My life is filled with joy, peace and harmony. My soul is completely HAPPY. I WILL spend my
    eternity in Paradise. In this life, if you are not right with God, you will not enter the gates of Heaven. Pick up that Bible and read it. I
    cannot speak for others, but I am clear as to where I will be going when my earthly life is over. This is just a little food for thought.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Ya you and Osama were both clear.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Rightster

      So you are 100% against all wars and the warmongering neocons then, right?

      December 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Rightster

      If there is a Heavenly Father wouldn't there be a Heavenly Mother in an equal opportunity hereafter, behind those Pearly Gates? Wonder what surrounds those Pearly Gates and fence.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Fry: I need cheering up Bender. I don't know, you want to go out and party tonight?
      Bender: I hate partying. If only I didn't have so much crunk in my ba-dun-ka-dunk!

      December 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Rick

      Or, he was a trouble maker who was whacked by the Romans

      December 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  7. Rightster

    Now if Fox would apologize to all of the Muslims for their Islamophobia, I might think they were even-handed.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Or to the Atheists.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  8. The Basques Killed Jesus

    It was the Basques. They killed the spotty sucker.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Those Basquerds!

      December 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  9. jwiley

    Everyone takes religion and uses it to HATE. Stop all this HATE. Religion preaches LOVE & PEACE. I don't see anything remotely close to that in today's world. This or that religion preaches this or that and my religion is better than that religion. STOP IT! Religion is peace and love, NOT HATE. SO MANY PEOPLE SAY THEY'RE RELIGIOUS, BUT THEIR TALK & ACTIONS would have you believe otherwise. If you are TRULY RELIGIOUS then you ALWAYS SPEAK & ACT in a LOVING & CARING WAY. LOVE & PEACE is religion because GOD IS LOVE! FINAL!

    December 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Religion preaches love and peace? Ya after they remove half of the hate filled pages of the bible.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Lol

      Hate will not go away until people who use all caps in an illiterately random manner go away.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  10. Jonathan Michael Brouillette

    We are all responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. He died for our sins...

    December 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Rightster

      Speak for yourself and your sins.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • fLICK OFF

      How could he have died for my sins if I wasn't even born yet?? That makes no goddam.n sense.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      And look how well that plan has worked out so far

      December 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Rick

      Nothing but a guilt trip....died for our sins, indeed

      December 30, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • Peppermint Susan Lucy Alfreda Grace Mary Barbara Patty

      Why do preacher types think if they use 3 names it means they have more authority ? It just makes you sound like pompous a$$es.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Eeyore

      Actually who is ultimately responsible for his death would be his father, who created the system which says sacrifices are required to appease angry gods.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  11. MP

    God killed Jesus.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Rightster

      So it wasn't the Germans who killed the Jews then? It was God?

      December 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  12. fLICK OFF

    Typical Faux News bulls*it. Why am I not surprised.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  13. street462

    look what a little "story" about a "nice guy" turns into with some roman organization and 2000 years to stew.... you all crazy.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Crazy like a FOX!! Oh wait, ya.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  14. Tort

    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 8:18 pm |
    • Eeyore

      Where does Genesis talk about other apes ?

      December 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Tort

      Good catch.
      I should have left out the "inhabited by primates" even though there was at least one or two named Adam and Eve or something like that.
      I was just pointing to how Genesis frames the "Garden of Eden" as being a place where you were dumb, ignorant, had no morals, had no shame, no ideas of "na.kedness" and basically ran around surrounded by anything your primitive clueless mind could want. A paradise where a "god" walked around and deliberately did not tell you you were na.ked but got angry when you suddenly become able to know the difference between what is "good" and "bad" and have some measure of higher brain functions where your primate social mores become a more complicated form of moral relativism.
      This makes "god" mad. He did not want you to be smarter than a chimpanzee! Now you are "doomed" to the "outer world" where you can use your intellect to adapt, overcome, improvise, and survive.
      This also means that in the "Garden" / jungle "Adam" also supposedly had no "knowledge" of death because he was just a dumb animal without even the intelligence we see in chimpanzees. Thus "Adam" could simply be a metaphor for the known primates in the wild where some ancient "Darwin" drew the inevitable parallels and turned it into some strange morality play – probably by someone who didn't like how primates seem to be so peaceful and harmonious as any animal with their surroundings compared to humans who THINK too much.
      I think that says a lot about the person who originally came up with Genesis. Monkey-envy. That's Genesis all over.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Eeyore

      K then. Was just being picky. My favorite part is where Adam is said to be lonely, and they go about looking for a mate for him. It says god paraded all the animals "before him", and "none PROVED to be a suitable mate for him". Sort of raises all sorts of crazy images. But maybe he had fun checking them all out. I think there's a word for that.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • Tort

      Yes. Religion and s-e-x. Round and round. What is it with s.exual repression and religion? Are they that closely entwined in our evolutionary history? And violence. Just primates waggling their arms at the other primates across the river, and maybe waggling something else if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Rubedo

      Tort--there is no God to sin against. You have proof?

      Bet you don't believe in your own existence either. Check back in 2 thousand years to see if there is proof of your life.

      January 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  15. J

    Well, according to the Bible, God was responsible for the death of Jesus. That's right! Jesus asked God for a reprieve if possible, but God wanted Jesus to die so that he could be resurrected.

    If you actually care about the Bible, then you have to hold God responsible. If you don't care about the Bible, then you shouldn't care about who killed Jesus.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Rightster

      People throughout history have used the "God told me" excuse. After all, it's right there in the Bible that God told the Israelites to kill every man, woman and child (even the livestock) of the Canaanites when they took over. In fact, Muslims still use that. That's why we need a Republican nominee who has a direct line to God, as in "God told me" to run for President. It's far out and wacky!

      December 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Hosea

      But it is easier to blame the Jews!!! My wife is of Jewish descent and I am a recovering [Christian Denomination, won't say which] btw. I have read the Bible and I agree with you.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Rightster

      Actually, it's far easier to blame the ancient Romans because they no longer have an Empire, and no one will have to worry about being labeled by blaming the Romans.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • hoseajaw

      Ah, you are right, Rightster, those dirty Ancient Romans.... Death to them!! Already dead? Good... there has to be some one left to blame....

      December 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  16. David

    As if Fox couldn't have any LESS class or do something DUMBER than "report" the news (rofl- yeah right!!!)

    December 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  17. Ryan

    I am so sick and tired of people who do not believe in Jesus and the Bible criticizing my faith, claiming that Chrisitans have killed more people than blahblahblah. You are the same stupid people that tell us not to discuss our faith and religion with you and yet here you are READING about some stupid poll done in South America (who I believe are mainly Catholics) and still criticize us. Quit telling US to stop talking about our beliefs when all you people do is spill your hatred all over the place like it's okay.
    Jesus was a real person, the Messiah, son of God. If you don't want to believe that, then freaking DON'T, but DO NOT tell me to shut up about talking about Him. Freedom of Religion goes both ways. You don't want to hear what I have to say, then I don't want to hear what you have to say. This was a stupid poll that should never have been done. Romans killed Jesus because he was a threat to them and their empire but it was the Jewish High Priests who condemned Him to death.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Lol

      Shut up.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • David

      Your freedom of religion does not however allow you to ram legislation through that actively discriminates against other American tax paying citizens (gays and lesbians) Also, just because you "believe" does not give you free license to act like a complete as shole as most "christians" do. Perhaps a little self reflection and less "screaming it to the mountains" is in order.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Rightster

      What happened to "freedom of speech"? Oh that's right the ADL and the rest of the Lobby determines that. Anything with an inkling of criticism of Jews or Israel is forbiden!

      December 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • jocq

      At least the Cardinals and Bishops in the Roman Catholic faith never took out the Pope...

      December 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • MP

      God did it.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pwwvBygoFA

      December 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • John robertson

      Someone needs to learn the origins of the Bible(New testament) .. Who it came from and how certain books were chosen and not others.. The guy who ordered it was not even a Christian yet.. Real person yes.. But the magical being in the sky.. Hmmm..

      December 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      Shut up.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • jwiley

      Couldn't AGREE with you MORE. God Bless. Love and Peace to all. STOP THE HATE

      December 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Shut up

      December 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Tort

      Actually there have been some Popes who were "taken out" by the ones who put him there.
      Popes tend to be pretty crappy people. And that's just the stuff we know about. "Priests" tend to be very good at hiding, lying, diverting, dissembling, manipulating, fraud, making excuses, and all that.
      I guess by the time you've made it there, you've gotten so twisted and sociopathic that it just sort of spills over into your expression of "divine truth" or whatever they're calling it these days.
      Sometimes it gets so bad they have to "take them out" and I don't mean out to dinner.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • re-Tort

      Tort,
      THAT is a REALLY interesting topic. You do realize that JohnPaul1 was probably murdered by two cardinals he "fired" the day before he was murdered back in the late 70's. He supposedly was about to reverse the stance on birth control, and there was a HUGE scandal brewing in the Vatican Bank. He was poisoned that night. The truth will out some day. There's a book called "In God's Name", by David Yallop which tells the whole sordid story. I think the archbishop the Italian authorities wanted to arrest was in a self enforced "house arrest" inside the Vatican, cuz they were gonna get him if he set foot outside, (Paul Marcinkus? or something like that). It had something to do with counterfeit bonds, as I recall.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  18. AngryAtGov1

    Rupert Murdoch strikes again. What is it with Aussies? They really don't like Jews.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  19. jocq

    I don't think Pontius Pilate,Tiberius and the Romans would be able to crucify Jesus today with the Mossad around.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  20. alfranken

    Let's see Pontus brought Jesus to be judged by the people (Jews) and the high priests (Jews) brought the charges against him so my wild guess would be the Jews - yea his own people betrayed him.

    But now we must pretend that didn't happen or someday we may be judged as anti semite and if the Jews get even more power than they already have then we too might find ourselves nailed to a cross for speaking the truth.

    btw, vote for Ron Paul

    December 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
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