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. Tom

    I just love the Atheist's angle: I am an ape, nothing BUT an ape, so JUST LET ME BE in my APE world. God is OK with that, as He probably could have used a variety of means to create humans. The main thing to know, though, is that he wants companionship with those who are looking for something more. "Seek and you shall find". This is the promise of Christ: that if you desire to find Him, you will. And the difference for you will be that a whole new world will open up to you, one that is exponential, dimensional comparable to the difference between animal and human existence.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • OhPlz

      "Seek and you shall find". This is the promise of Christ: that if you desire to find Him, you will. "

      Dude it's all in your head. It's been proven spirituality is all in your head. Your christ is a man made concept, just like Santa Claus. Plus there are so many immoral things in your bible our world doesn't need your stupid religion anymore.

      January 3, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  2. killallthewhiteman

    I was under the impression that their magical story was all planned out by god. So god would be the one responsible for his death.

    January 3, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  3. dina

    Jesus who? Show the birth certificate.

    January 3, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Lucy

      Haha! I like it, dina 😀

      January 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Rubedo

      Dina-–Are you in possession of Pontius Pilates birth certificate, or maybe your great, great grandmothers?

      Humiliate yourself and pray, maybe you will find proof.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  4. mrimmoral

    If you can prove empirically, the Jesus of Nazareth ever even existed, then, I would consider your statements.

    January 3, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Kyle

      Sorry bud, it's already been proven that a carpenter named Jesus lived in Nazareth around that time... and I think it's been found that he was executed.

      the whole divinity thing is still up for debate

      January 3, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Tom

      I am not sure if your post was directed at me, but here goes: Dated as early as in the middle-late 1st century are some of the dead sea scrolls. Now these scrolls were not written by "traditional" Christians, but rather a Christian sect with some unorthodox beliefs, but some still based on Christ. These scrolls are great indicators of Christ's existence on the earth because they show that as soon as just a few decades after He left the earth entire religions were already founded that were based on Him. I acknowledge that this is hardly proof.
      Traditional Christianity is mostly composed of Catholics and Protestants. Many of the Protestant churches hold the bible to be perfect word-for-word, period-for-period, even though scholars find contradictions, errors, etc. My personal belief is that something doesn't have to be literally perfect to be "practically" perfect. Take the world. It is not perfect, yet many Christians who insist on literal perfection believe it was created by God. Hows about your wife or hubby? They may not be literally perfect but for many people they can be perfect. God gave us a head so that we could think, and He expects us to use it, so to believe in Christ doesn't require perfection or even proof. With some things a person has to go with gut instinct. I would argue that He lives in the pages of the bible because I found Him there. As in my entry below, which I assume caught your interest, He has a lot to say about a lot of things that organized religion won't touch. It's because, for the most part, organized religion was ordained, so to speak by the state, and in order to survive over the centuries, has come to be married to the state. Christ lived in a similar world, where the long-established Roman Empire had its prescribed, approved beliefs. Now back to your original concern. Proof that he ever lived: If you google you will get a bunch of returns. If you take a survey of them you will find that nearly all the scholars believe He was a man who was born and lived on the earth. To be intellectually honest, that is the best I can do as far as providing proof goes. Some things to consider are that many of His disciples believed enough in Him to die for Him. And when the Romans came after believers with the sword, many of His followers died rather than deny Him. Sorry for the long entry, but hope this helped. There is one promise He made that is essential: "Seek, and you shall find". It is His call. It promises that if you seek Him, then you WILL find Him. And the Christ you find will be in harmony with 21st century science.

      January 3, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Tom

      In my entry I referenced a google search. I put the search parameters between brackets. This must have caused the filter to remove it. So if you google Historicity of Jesus and survey the results, you will find the broad historic/scientific is overwhelmingly in favor that He DID exist as a man born on the earth. Proof, hardly. But hope it helps.

      January 3, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  5. Meestor Yay

    Wha-wha-whaaat?! :O

    January 3, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  6. Tom

    Most people know that the Jewish religious leaders were continually looking for ways to remove Him, yet the Empire had plenty to hate Him for as well. Why? Because His words spoke truth to power. Consider his great teaching: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Not something that the Romans would like the people to take to heart. The leaders of this empire were held as gods and they envisioned an neverending future run by the wealthy and powerful. Yet Christ promised that the little guy would ultimately populate the earth and dominate it by default–and this great promise still holds true!!! There's little doubt that these great words evoked great anger and resentment with the Jewish leaders, who received their authority from the state.

    January 3, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Tom

      Also, hear another of His great teachings: 'Blessed are the peacemakers-for they shall be called the sons of God'. If the peacemakers are the sons of God, then who do you think the warmongers are son of? There's little doubt that if Jesus were here today in physical form that our former presidentt and his vice would react exacty like their ancient forebearers did.
      Most important is that His great teachings, which any person, regardless of race, can find for him/herself, is right there in the 1st four books of the New Testament. And anyone, even those harboring hate in their hearts or who have cast their lot with the wealthy and powerful-low-even the Caesars of our day can find Him.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • OhPlz

      "Most important is that His great teachings, which any person, regardless of race, can find for him/herself, is right there in the 1st four books of the New Testament. "

      You do realize there are hundreds of people that have done important great teachings in human history but rational people don't make them into a god. Your christ was delusional by thinking he was a son of a god but he really was a son of an unwed women. The fact you worship such a person shows the downfall and stupidity of humanity.

      January 3, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  7. Tom

    Should anyone blame a race for a crime? Should anyone blame a country for a crime? Should anyone blame a religion for a crime? It was a group of people, religious leaders mated to the state. That's all that really matters.

    January 3, 2012 at 5:10 am |
    • Rubedo

      OH PLZ-–How bigoted are you? So the son of an unwed mother makes him unequal and less than you? Sounds pretty heathenish to claim it's the downfall and stupidity of humanity.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  8. Iqbal Khan


    January 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • Yarr

      R O N P A U L!

      January 3, 2012 at 3:18 am |
  9. Bumper

    Fear is not a factor for me. Perfect love cast out all fear.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • Brad

      For me it is a desire for perfect love and the desire to be with the One who has perfect knowledge. I agree, I don't see a place for fear.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
  10. OrangeW3dge

    I'm guessing that you wouldn't have to say any more than News Corp to see what's going on here...

    January 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  11. T

    Sorry but how can you kill someone who wants to die, who walks into a situation he knows that will kill him. To fullfil a prophesy that can not be fullfilled unless he dies. What if they did not kill him, would that have made you happy?

    January 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  12. Bumper

    To "Reality" and "Un-evolved DNA": In para-phrasing the words of Christ from the New Testament:" It is an evil generation that seeks after a sign, but no sign shall be given onto them except the sign of Jonah". If you don't know what this means, look it up! It will provide all the proof you need to answer your question.

    January 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Bobs Friend

      They really don't care, they are just here to torture you.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Bumper.. fear is not proof, and never will be..you may be terrified of not conforming to an ancient cult but i do not, and neither do others. I am not here to torture you..that is reserved for the gods of the myths. You can quote scripture all you wish but it has no more meaning than any other work of fiction.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • OrangeW3dge

      "Jesus overwhelmed the grave so that we may have eternal life with Him" – – That's pretty good writing there. Did you make that up yourself?
      But does that give you, or Jesus, the right to ignore everything else? I realise that if he were God that He could do anything he wanted, but how does that excuse you from conveniently deleting everyone else’s history (or beliefs)?

      January 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • Lucy

      The Bible was written by mortal men years after Christ's death. It provides no proof in my eyes. To each his own though. One of us is never going to convince the other otherwise.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  13. Bobs Friend

    That was a stupid poll unless you are a marketing executive.
    Anyway, to set the record strait..

    YOU KILLED JESUS. That's right YOU. Your sin made it necessary for God to don human flesh, come to earth, set an example of righteousness, and pay your sin debt by the gruesome death of the only entirely innocent man in History.

    He has a passionate love for you and has opened heavens doors wide to all who will believe, and not trust in their own righteousness or delude themselves with falsehood.
    Repent and ask Jesus to save you. I did and He saved me, in every way that a man can be saved. Jesus Christ transformed my life and He is waiting for you!!

    and yes I'm still praying for all of you angry, arrogant, foolish mockers, because I used to be just like you.


    January 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Bob. the only innocent man in history..why could god not do his own work ? why did he need to come down as a human anyway he could have saved a lot of time and countless thousands of deaths by just being a little for direct..

      January 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • OrangeW3dge

      Dang, Bob. If you give a horse his "free will", he'll probably just run away. If your God had made us a little better, He wouldn't have to come "fix" things. What's up with that apple thing anyway?, some kind of trick or something?

      January 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • fred

      I think what Jesus did was about the most beautiful show of love God could ever give his children. After 4,000 years the chosen ones would not understand Gods love. God cannot be seen by man so Jesus in human form came with that one purpose to die for us. Jesus as full expression was the Glory of God and man did the most hideous of things to an innocent being. We were given a full picture of man and the evil we are capable of in stark contrast to Jesus pure innocent love. I think real question is how could anyone have that much love for mankind? Well, we see that no one can but God and He has shown the whole world so there can be no doubt as to Gods love and purpose.

      January 3, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • Lucy

      Pray away, Bobs friend, I appreciate you putting all that brain thought into a stupid sinner like myself! Jesus would certainly approve of all your delightful descriptions of us stupid sinners, I'm sure.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Paul

      Great answer Bobs Friend! That's the answer! Jesus had to die for ALL of humanities sins. The big and the small. The sin against others and the sin against.

      And AMEN Fred!!

      I wish people would mocking Jesus with such blasphemous comments. If they don't believe in Him, then why do they have to make such crass comments about Him and His followers! Most faithful Christians are the people who would give the shirt off their backs!

      January 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  14. Bobs Friend

    Hello all you sinners and saints!
    Saying politicians shouldn't "Pander" to Christians in Iowa is like saying politicians shouldn't "Pander" to atheists in San Francisco, or Muslims in Dearborn. This is supposed to be a REPRESENTATIVE government, and you can't represent people when you don't know what they want or need.

    As far as "evangelicals" wielding so much power, we can't even win on our primary issue: abortion. Despite our best efforts, hundreds of thousands of children are dumped into trash cans by God hating liberals every year, and the church is so weak we can't even convince them that there is anything wrong with it.
    This nation is in serious trouble, and if we don't have an EPIC revival soon we'll may not recover.

    God Bless all of you!

    January 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Keith

      God has removed his hand of blessing and protection from this nation. Judgement is not far off. God will not give us a good choice for a leader anymore.

      January 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Bobs Friend

      There is always Hope

      January 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Keith, I'll see you in the rapture capsule with the unicorns. Don't forget to wear your nose ring – the big steel one that I padlocked the chain onto when we were practicing for the uplifting.

      Remember to close your mouth this time so the brown floaters don't get in like they did last time, when the flushing starts. It's Swirlie time for Keith.

      January 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      70% of the abortions performed in the USA each year are had by believers – that's about 780,000 god-fearing believers completely ignoring their cult' commandments. Believers should get their abortion situation under control (seems to me the number of abortions for christians should be zero) before worrying about "God-hating liberals."

      January 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • captain america

      hotair as a canadian you can not realize how totally useless your opinion is to us. In fact after reading your stuff you don't realize how useless you are to canada. There's your sign

      January 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • Bobs Friend

      @ Hot air:
      There is no question that Christians sin, we all understand that. No Christian claims to be perfect. The statistic is meaningless in a nation full of Christians.
      I would posit that most of those having abortions may check a "Christian " box somewhere on a form, but are no more Christian than you are.
      It is a merciless and evil act, and someone who has had their heart and life transformed by the power of Jesus Christ would have a very hard time doing it.

      January 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • fred

      The Christmas thing was not a lie and we are not that sure if September was a good date. Just like everyone for years assumed George Washington chopped down a Cherry Tree. It was not a lie just a well intentioned tale that caught hold. I go to funerals and give grand testimonies of someones wonderful life. It is not a lie but it good words that represent how someone would have wanted to be remembered.
      If you live life as Jesus clearly expressed it is good for you, it is good for your family, neighbors and government. If you get into that Kingdom as a christian or enter nothingness as some atheists suggest you are still the better for it because of how you lived.

      January 3, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @Bobs Friend, so you are claiming that those who had an abortion and claimed to be a believer were lying or were not true christians. That's interesting given that anti-abortion groups use these same statistics without challenging them. So, believers still have a massive hypocritical behaviour problem – one that makes their god appear to be very uncaring if not powerless.

      January 3, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  15. EvolvedDNA

    Paul..the Dead sea Scrolls do not mention Jesus ..only a "messiah". Jesus was not added to the script until 60 years after he apparently died. There is so little on Jesus can you can you say even how old he was when he died?

    January 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • fred

      Thirty two – Thirty three years of age. We celebrate his death and resurection at Easter each year. 500 people witnessed his resurection and he was seen for 40 days afterwords. Yep I would bet on the living and given that there is stil power in the name of Jesus today there is hope for you to evolve into a child of God !

      January 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • JohnR

      Do you have signed affidavits from those 500 people? Got their names? Or were they perhaps just another literary fiction added to a story that is almost nothing but fictions?

      January 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • just helping out

      The dead Sea Scrolls are dated 1st to 2 nd Century B.C. so they would not mention Jesus as Jesus had not yet been born. The scrolls contain an almost complete record of what we call the Old Testament. As such they confirm the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament and the fact that they could not have been written after the advent.

      January 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • fred

      Paul mentioned speaking with those who saw Jesus resurected and few doubt his works. The sudden transformation of frghtend apostles.

      January 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • JohnR

      fred, Cu Chulainn beat 1000 men in a game of hurley. Obviously, there were a thousand witnesses to this, right?

      January 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • fred

      So, I thought it was only 150 men and one big old dog.
      Personally, I liked my simple belief in the Bible before coming on this web site. It was 500 witnesses over 40 days that saw Jesus after the resurrection. I never gave it a second thought. Start stripping away from the 25,000 manuscripts and I end with something Paul writes simply because few scholars contest his writing on this subject so it the easiest to defend. What proof do we have that Thomas put his finger in Jesus wound after resurrection that anyone buys into these days?
      Then a voice whispers from the Garden “did God really say that?” and all the skeptics that mock Jesus as they did on the cross creates a picture of truth. Something is working overtime to get me free of Jesus and it fits the pattern and warnings of the Bible. Could the Bible be that precise and intuitive? What is the force that wants a godless society? At worse case the Bible is 2,750 years old, yet there is something very different from this Bible and the Babylonian text it is rumored to be copied from.
      Do I believe what Jesus has done for me personally and what I have personally witnessed or believe that this Bible is nothing more than a perfect conspiracy by some control freaks from AD 200? A conspiracy has taken the world for 2,000 year ride and we are just now smart enough to expose it. When I see current rate of rewrite of history in public schools and bias on Wiki the Bible becomes all that more remarkable.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      fred..we are not working overtime to free you you will have to do that for yourself. We are questioning the stuff we are told and so should you..If you really believe, and I have no doubt you do, that god gave you all of your abilities and that would have included an intellect and reasoning..why disappoint him/her by not using them. You will not be delivered into the hand of the "devil" as your reasoning will eliminate him/her as well. You will be left with a world full of wonder and you will see how it all fits together..no need for the supernatural, nature explains it all if you listen to it.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • OrangeW3dge

      That's right, Fred. And they make celebrate his birth in December, even though you know he was born in September. Makes you wonder what else they've lied to us about...

      January 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • fred

      The Christmas thing was not a lie and we are not that sure if September was a good date. Just like everyone for years assumed George Washington chopped down a Cherry Tree. It was not a lie just a well intentioned tale that caught hold. I go to funerals and give grand testimonies of someones wonderful life. It is not a lie but it good words that represent how someone would have wanted to be remembered.
      If you live life as Jesus clearly expressed it is good for you, it is good for your family, neighbors and government. If you get into that Kingdom as a christian or enter nothingness as some atheists suggest you are still the better for it and will be remembered well.

      January 3, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • fred

      I still enjoy being able to thank God for all blessings and having that personal touch when I call out in prayer. The more I see through science how marvelous this creation really is the more cause to be thankful for that little extra time I was given to be here. Nature, puppies and babies speak to the wonder and love of God. Einstein was not a Christian yet he stood in awe at the wonder of it all. I just like having Jesus to share it with and give thanks too. Cannot see any benefit on giving that up.

      January 3, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • Rubedo

      Hot Air-–Remember, people have choices in life and God has given free will. The choices we make in life are ours to hold. If we value our lives, we should value the unborn. Abortion is not God's doing and you do know that. He is not powerless, he allows each and everyone of us to make our own mistakes to learn from.

      January 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  16. Bumper

    Woe to you Mr."Reality". If you continue to deny Christ, he will deny knowing you when you stand before the Lord on your appointed Day of Judgement. And on that Day, you will plead with Him and He will know you not. You will suffer for all of eternity for denying the existence of God. Sorry to use such sobering language, but it is the truth. The choices you make in life are not predetermined, but your eternal lot is predetermined based on your specific choice.

    January 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Bumper.. you have zero proof of this and sounds like you have been scared since child hood into believing this..of the billions of humans who have died how many have come back from either place and confirmed your fears..none...but do not despair a little reason can go along way to a cure and will save you from the fear of flames..does hell have natural gas or coal fires?

      January 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the "newbies":

      JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

      Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would do or say?

      January 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  17. Reality

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


    January 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  18. Bumper

    Jesus overwhelmed the grave so that we may have eternal life with Him. It was the will of His Father for him to be put to death to take away the original sin of the world.
    For those of you who keep quoting Crossan's critique involving the blood sacrifice, I offer a potent scripture from Isaiah 53:4-5

    But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

    The FOX news question was indeed quite stupid and intended to stir up controversy. This entire new network is a complete farce and overly apologetic toward the Republican Party. The actual human people who killed him were motivated by greed, jealousy, wealth, politics, hatred and power. The guilty parties consisted of the Romans and Jewish saducees, pharasees, and even one Judaic Christian called Judas Iscariot.

    January 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  19. lizinStLouis

    I dont see what is wrong with the question. Jesus himself was Jewish...so what is the big deal? What was the apology for? How come people have to be overly politically correct when it comes to certain groups of people. Personally I do not see any problem with that...time to get over this stuff and move on!!

    January 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  20. Paul

    EvolvedDNA – the book of Isaiah was part of the Hebrew Scripture. It was written BEFORE Jesus walked the earth. The Dead Sea Scrolls are dated between 150 bc – 70 bc. Or BCE as I'm guessing you would refer to the years Jesus's birth.

    Psalm 22, which dates back further, is another prophetic passage. Are you going to challenge the dating of the whole Old Covenant scriptures?

    January 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
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