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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

soundoff (1,653 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Rational thought snuffed the fictional old chap.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  2. sonotso

    If I read it right, Jesus' demise was pre ordained. No need to blame anyone.

    January 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  3. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    I'll EatYouAlive:

    There is a God and he created the universe. God is eternal and infinite in knowledge, power, wisdom...
    The universe is finite, non-eternal, but expanding outward from a single point or singularity that existed at the moment of creation. It does not matter exactly when this event occurred because it happened outside of time and space. The universe has the appearance of being infinite, but once you reach the "edge" (there is really is no edge), you look back to the starting point. It's kind of like those old-fashioned video games in that when you get to the edge of the screen you pop out on the other side. Just imagine the same thing happening in three dimensions, and hence, the Universe! So, no matter what direction you go in, you come back to the starting point. This is hard for the human mind to comprehend, but I'd like to point out this is an example of a rule that has been created by God. God makes the rules and we are left to figure them out even if they defy are ability to apply common sense thinking or human logic. Common sense fails, human logic fails, science fails, but God upholds His working rules and holds the Universe in the palm of His hand. Jesus never fails.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Brother Maynard

      Bumper –
      please take this in the spirit ( no pun intended ) given
      I really feel sorry for you, because you will never know how beautiful your life is ... how truly precious it is. You do not know because you live your life for an afterlife that doesn't exist. You are not 'you'. You are this alter ego playing a game of fantasy. You play this fantasy daily tricking yourself to act / think / BE something other than your true self. Only when you realize that the ONLY life there is, is present 'today',will you finally become a true human being.
      I have never been more alive than the day I became an atheist. My only regret is that I held on to theism for too long.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  4. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    Science is great, but somewhat limited. We put too much faith in science and not enough faith in God. Material regularities themselves do not just will themselves into existence and create rules that govern their behavior. For example, how does a molecule know that it's supposed to be a molecule with any degree of certainty and how does it know what rules to follow? What gives it regularity? Is regularity guaranteed? If so, who offers the guarantee because I'd like to meet them and ask more questions.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  5. studdmuffins

    I read enough of The Book to conclude it was the Romans. And he wasn't murdered in so far as the law of the land for that time is concerned. That was considered justice in those days. Believers know why he died so brutal a death.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

      At a superficial level, he was put down by the law of the land because he never actually committed the crime that led to the Roman death sentence. However, we all know that he overwhelmed the grave and gave all of us a gift that we have not earned at a price we cannot pay or merit by "good works".

      January 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  6. EatYouAlive

    This is entirely pointless, there is no god, no proof whatsoever of his/her/its existence.

    What IS real is humans fear of death and the unknown so they embrace calming stories like a "god".

    January 10, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

      There is a God. Just look over your shoulder. What do you see? Evidence of creation and a Creator.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  7. Sam

    If the nail fits...

    January 10, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  8. cantilever

    Jesus the Nazarene was quoted as referencing himself as The Son of God and, by implication, the Hebrew Messiah. The penalty for such blasphemy in his own religion would be death. The only thing Roman was the form of punishment. The idea that this is "murder" is idiotic and un-Christian.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

      Don't miss the fact that Jesus is the Son of God, and therefore, he had NOT committed blasphemy in claiming to be the Messiah. The perpetrators murdered him in the sense that he was innocent of the charges.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  9. Muneef

    Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (2:62)
    ---–

    Those messengers – some of them We caused to exceed others. Among them were those to whom Allah spoke, and He raised some of them in degree. And We gave Jesus, the Son of Mary, clear proofs, and We supported him with the Pure Spirit. If Allah had willed, those [generations] succeeding them would not have fought each other after the clear proofs had come to them. But they differed, and some of them believed and some of them disbelieved. And if Allah had willed, they would not have fought each other, but Allah does what He intends. (2:253)

    ---
    There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (2:256)

    Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein. (2:257)

    January 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  10. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    Jesus taught us that the Law of God will no longer be written upon stone (Moses and the 10 commandments), but with the arrival of Christ, and the start of His Kingdom, God's commandments are written upon our hearts. Therefore, the Old Testament has been fulfilled in Christ and we are to follow the New Testament.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  11. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    There is a quick and superficial answer to this question and a more deeper theological one too. Most bloggers on here and Fox news only highlight the superficial answer.

    a) Superficial answer: Jesus was put down for a crime that he did not commit. The actual perpetrators were Judas (one of the 12), the Jewish religious authorities and Roman outpost leaders. Judas sold him out for thirty pieces of silver. These individuals acted as free will agents in this heinous act and, although they thought they were acting under the laws of the local jurisdictions,- are guilty of murdering an innocent person.

    b) Deeper theological answer: Jesus was crucified for the remission of our sins and this was the Will of the Father. However, this does not remove the free agency sin from the perpetrators listed above. For example, after Judas was gripped with guilt and committed suicide, he went to Hell.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  12. bronco

    tebow is jesus

    January 9, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  13. DrJStrangepork

    God killed Jesus. He put Jesus on Earth to save mankind. So... God effectively put all the action in motion to cause the death of his only son. Jewish people are in the clear.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  14. christian man

    I can't believe how this keeps coming up about who killed Jesus. If people, and majority of Christians for that matter took some time to study the Bible, they would know how ridiculous such question is. Our sins sent Jesus to the Cross. Caiphas, Herod, Judas did what everyone of us would have done in the situation. It is so sad to see people argue to point blame on who killed Jesus.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  15. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    Rob:

    God is eternal.

    The Universe is not eternal (less than 100 billion yrs. old), and amazingly finite, but with no edge or multiverses. Sorry. Nice try though.

    January 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • EatYouAlive

      Your argument is moot as there is no god, eternal or otherwise.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  16. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    To rzzzll and tokengod:

    I would encourage you guys to read the Bible and introduce yourselves to the Holy scriptures. It is obvious to me that you have hardened your hearts to the point of Spiritual blindness. One of the major mistakes made by non-believers is that they don't know when to interpret something literally or when to employ symbolism.
    The Lord's Supper was a deliberate and symbolic act that mirrored the Jewish Passover, but demonstrated that the Old covenant with God was being replaced with the New Testament of Christ. The bread and wine symbolize the sacrifice that Jesus made so that we might have eternal life. We are to do this act in memory of Christ. He has given a gift that we have not earned and paid a price that we could never afford or merit. Jesus never doubted the Spiritual authority of the Torah or the Books of the Prophets, he just emphasized that He was a fulfillment of the LAW. In this case, The New Testament is a fulfillment of the LAW and the Prophets and essentially replaced the old and somewhat shadowy practices of sacrificing animals, ritualistic cleansing, dietary restrictions and wearing scriptures on your forehead. Jesus emphasized honoring the Spirit of the Law, and not necessarily the letter. Jesus spoke against religious hypocrisy and He could decide which rules to honor and which ones to scrap because he IS God incarnate.

    January 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  17. Arshad

    jesus is alive and another person was killed. Jesus would return to this earth to reveal peace and truth.

    January 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  18. frank

    ps not that i believe a Jesus ever existed !

    January 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  19. frank hernandez

    but the religious authorities at that time WERE Jews!
    i guess you could say it was a "Jew on Jew crime" ?

    January 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  20. Rob S

    Thomas Aquinas sounds very logical, at first glance. Carl Sagan once said something to the effect that 'if people can believe God is eternal, then why is it so hard for people to accept a similar idea that the universe may be eternal'. A new theory suggests that there may be a "multiverse". If so, how would we ever know? Here's a thought – God is eternal... and maybe so is the universe. Maybe God didn't create the universe at all? Maybe He only creates spirits-souls? Would that be disappointing? Could you live wit that? Other than maybe conflicting with the Book of Genesis it wouldn't cause me any problem. Why do I care? Would it hurt YOUR feelings if Genesis was a myth? Should that automatically allow you to discount everything else in the Bible?

    So who killed Jesus? According to the Gospels it was a conspiracy between some religious authorities of the time and the Roman boss Judea. The greater guilt, though, must be assigned to those religious authorities who had a hand in the conspiracy – they played politics with Pontius Pilate in order to get the murder done. Religion and Politics – sound familiar? It wasn't "Jews" who killed Jesus it was religious intolerance by a FEW POWERFUL RELIGIOUS AUTHORITIES of that time and place. Know any today?

    January 8, 2012 at 3:21 am |
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