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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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soundoff (1,653 Responses)
  1. rzzzll

    Fox news should be destroyed. Roger Ailes is a criminal along with Murdoch, he's just a tool of the Republican party, especially the crazies who now dominate it.

    January 8, 2012 at 2:31 am |
  2. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    The existence of God can be proved in five ways.

    The first and more manifest way is the argument from motion. It is certain, and evident to our senses, that in the world some things are in motion. Now whatever is moved is moved by another, for nothing can be moved except it is in potentiality to that towards which it is moved; whereas a thing moves inasmuch as it is in act. For motion is nothing else than the reduction of something from potentiality to actuality. But nothing can be reduced from potentiality to actuality, except by something in the state of actuality. Thus that which is actually hot, as fire, makes wood, which is potentially hot, to be actually hot, and thereby moves and changes it. Now it is not possible that the same thing should be at once in actuality and potentiality in the same respect, but only in different respects. For what is actually hot cannot simultaneously be potentially hot; but it is simultaneously potentially cold. It is therefore impossible that in the same respect and in the same way a thing should be both mover and moved, i.e., that it should move itself. Therefore, whatever is moved must be moved by another. If that by which it is moved be itself moved, then this also must needs be moved by another, and that by another again. But this cannot go on to infinity, because then there would be no first mover, and, consequently, no other mover, seeing that subsequent movers move only inasmuch as they are moved by the first mover; as the staff moves only because it is moved by the hand. Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, moved by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.

    The second way is from the nature of efficient cause. In the world of sensible things we find there is an order of efficient causes. There is no case known (neither is it, indeed, possible) in which a thing is found to be the efficient cause of itself; for so it would be prior to itself, which is impossible. Now in efficient causes it is not possible to go on to infinity, because in all efficient causes following in order, the first is the cause of the intermediate cause, and the intermediate is the cause of the ultimate cause, whether the intermediate cause be several, or one only. Now to take away the cause is to take away the effect. Therefore, if there be no first cause among efficient causes, there will be no ultimate, nor any intermediate, cause. But if in efficient causes it is possible to go on to infinity, there will be no first efficient cause, neither will there be an ultimate effect, nor any intermediate efficient causes; all of which is plainly false. Therefore it is necessary to admit a first efficient cause, to which everyone gives the name of God.

    The third way is taken from possibility and necessity, and runs thus. We find in nature things that are possible to be and not to be, since they are found to be generated, and to be corrupted, and consequently, it is possible for them to be and not to be. But it is impossible for these always to exist, for that which can not-be at some time is not. Therefore, if everything can not-be, then at one time there was nothing in existence. Now if this were true, even now there would be nothing in existence, because that which does not exist begins to exist only through something already existing. Therefore, if at one time nothing was in existence, it would have been impossible for anything to have begun to exist; and thus even now nothing would be in existence - which is absurd. Therefore, not all beings are merely possible, but there must exist something the existence of which is necessary. But every necessary thing either has its necessity caused by another, or not. Now it is impossible to go on to infinity in necessary things which have their necessity caused by another, as has been already proved in regard to efficient causes. Therefore we cannot but admit the existence of some being having of itself its own necessity, and not receiving it from another, but rather causing in others their necessity. This all men speak of as God.

    The fourth way is taken from the gradation to be found in things. Among beings there are some more and some less good, true, noble, and the like. But more and less are predicated of different things according as they resemble in their different ways something which is the maximum, as a thing is said to be hotter according as it more nearly resembles that which is hottest; so that there is something which truest, something best, something noblest, and, consequently, something which is most being, for those things that are greatest in truth are greatest in being, as it is written Metaph. ii. Now the maximum in any genus is the cause of all in that genus, as fire, which is the maximum, of heat, is the cause of all hot things, as is said in the same book. Therefore there must also be something which is to all beings the cause of their being, goodness, and every other perfection; and this we call God.

    The fifth way is taken from the governance of the world. We see that things which lack knowledge, such as natural bodies, act for an end, and this is evident from their acting always, or nearly always, in the same way, so as to obtain the best result. Hence it is plain that they achieve their end, not fortuitously, but designedly. Now whatever lacks knowledge cannot move towards an end, unless it be directed by some being endowed with knowledge and intelligence; as the arrow is directed by the archer. Therefore some intelligent being exists by whom all natural things are directed to their end; and this being we call God.

    Excerpted from Summa Theologica, by St. Thomas Aquinas

    January 7, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • rzzzll

      No manner of justification can excuse Christianity. Get it right, your religion is nothing more than a perverted pagan Greco Roman version of a Jewish heresy. There is only one book and that is the Tanakh. Only Christians would use pagan philosopher's and their "logic" to justify Hashem's, The Name's existence. He does not need logic to explain it, that just only limits the Redeemer, not strengthen him.

      January 8, 2012 at 1:51 am |
  3. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    For man cannot live by bread alone, but needs the word of God.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • tokencode

      Word of God? Please, it's a bunch of BS made up by ancient humans to explain things they didn't understand. I think the less religous influence in your life the better. Organized religion is the root of most evil in the world.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  4. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    Jesus is alive TODAY!!

    January 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  5. primony

    Its so funny that so many people believe in a zombie god who rose from the dead... Religion was created to control people and to explain things they were too stupid to understand at the time.

    January 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

      I've bet you've never even opened up the Bible? Read the word!!

      January 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • tokencode

      Agreed, organized religion is nothing more than a means to control people and it is the root of much evil in the world. Even the original Christians believed in a one on one reliationship with God before it was perverted by men trying to consolodate power.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  6. WALKINGLASS

    I feed about 1,700 meals a week to the poor and suffering in the Philippines.

    I fed over 50,000 meals to the homeless in Savannah.

    How many poor and suffering do you EVER FEED ANY WHERE. I doubt if any of you feed that much in your entire life.

    January 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

      Good for you, but you CANNOT merit salvation through good works (i.e. feeding the ecomonicaly depressed). It is only through CHRIST, and CHRIST ALONE. False religions teach you that you can merit salvation. FALSE, FALSE!!!

      January 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • rzzzll

      No HERETIC It's through Hashem the Lord, not this "Jesus" or "Yeshua" character that salvation is given. Get your damned blasphemer and heretic out of this discussion, you cannot win. Get it right. Your religion is nothing more than a perverted pagan Greco Roman version of a Jewish heresy. There is only one book and that is the Tanakh, that is the WORD.

      January 8, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • tokencode

      Who wants to believe in a god who wouldn't save people that spend their lives helping others even if they didn't choose to believe in jesus? That God sounds like an an A$_sh0le.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  7. WALKINGLASS

    ALL RELIGIONS CRUCIFY Christ's words in the inspired word of God EVERY DAY.

    January 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

      Yes, and you just did it BUDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

      YOU JUST crucified Jesus' words by totally misunderstanding the book of Luke and Sermon on the Mount. JESUS SAID, "I am the bread of life"!!!!

      January 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • rzzzll

      What is with this bizarre zombie god cult and its cannibalism? That's disgusting and immoral – eat some dude as "bread", as food and drink wine as blood? That's messed up. That's as bad as Scientology.

      January 8, 2012 at 1:47 am |
    • tokencode

      I think there were some really good hallucnigenic mushrooms back then........

      January 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  8. WALKINGLASS

    Christ really means when you are really hungry from lack of food and thirst for water but hypocrites trick you into thinking that if you PRETEND you are hungry and thirst it is only spiritually. Christ says in Luke 6:20 "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. He mane those that are really poor because you live in your spirit, not in the pretend spirit of those in RELIGIONS.

    The BLIND can not SEE what they do not WANT to SEE.

    January 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

      Walking Glass, you got it all WRONG!!!! So wrong!!! This one is too easy. Jesus was really referring to thirst and hunger for HIM and NOT FOOD!!!! Also, you Catholic folks have totally misinterpreted the Sermon on the Mount. You totally misunderstand the book of Luke too .Poor in Spirit does not mean economically depressed. Poor in Spirit is a state of mind where one realizes that they have to CLING to Christ. Rich in Spirit is allowing the material world to replace your devotion to Christ.

      January 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

    January 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
  10. Bizarre

    Is this a Burma Shave highway or something, Bumper?

    January 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  11. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    These coins were minted by Pontious Pilate.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Only the emperor minted coins, read REAL history. Procurators or governors did NOT mint coins, and the imperial coins of that period were only made in Rome.

      January 8, 2012 at 1:53 am |
  12. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    Advance imaging showed 29-31 AD coin imprints around the eyes in shroud image.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  13. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    Botanists have identified unique pollens spores from Jerusalem and Edessa area.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Which means absolutely nothing since we already know this shroud or whatever came from Edessa. And..?????

      January 8, 2012 at 1:59 am |
  14. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    If carbon dating is done on the interior, it will show first century AD.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  15. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    The carbon dating was done on the medieval repairs.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  16. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    The fire and repairs added medieval organic material to the shroud.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  17. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    In Europe, it was partially destroyed by fire and had to be repaired by nuns.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  18. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    From Constantinople, it eventually made it's way to what is now modern day France and Italy in Western Europe.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  19. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    From Edessa, it was likely sent to Constantinople.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  20. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    It was sent to Edessa for protection because of Jesus' prophecy about the destruction of the second temple.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • rzzzll

      As usual you heretic "Christians" make the worst excuse ever for your zombie god. You do know that the "Gospels", whatever you call them were written WAY AFTER this Yeshua lived and certainly after the First Great Revolt. That garbage about this guy predicting anything was made long after he was dead and then the Christians, these Jewish heretics wanted to separate themselves from the true path of Hashem, the Jewish laws and Jews themselves by attacking their brethren who they betrayed. No Moshiach winds up dying on a wood stick, let alone on a donkey and assault his fellow Jews at the Holiest of Holies doing the righteous thing of transferring the dirty pagan's money into the rightful shekel.

      January 8, 2012 at 1:58 am |
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