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. Einstein

    According to the NT, Jesus claimed to be a descendant of King David, and thus the rightful ruler of Judea. This was considered treason by the Romans, who ruled Judea at that time. Jesus was crucified (punishment for common criminals) and his crime was nailed to the cross above his head: "INRI" - IESUS NAZARENI REX IUDAEORUM – which translates as "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." He was executed for a political crime against Rome. Three hundred years later, when Christianity became the official religion under Emperor Constantine, it became an embarrassment for Rome to have executed its own God, so they started blaming it on the Jews. The stories of Jesus' life and death were written many decades, and in some cases, centuries, after he was purported to have lived.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  2. Kev

    Who killed Jesus and expecting a surface answer is absolutely ludicrous. It is our falling short and out of a relationship from God that killed Jesus, it was his ultimate purpose. These "Christians" that show bigotry towards Jews on the premise of them killing Jesus don't understand their own faith and how Jesus' is death would not be necessary if we didn't need redemption AND an example to follow of how to fully submit our lives to God

    January 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  3. lebowski1776

    Wow. Stay classy Fox.

    January 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm |

    Lets narrow down. they were those who Hated him Intensely.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Working Joe

      Well we could blame the Romans after all who would have influenced the Roman leader....That would be like saying "someone" could influence our leaders like say Bush?

      January 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  5. nrog

    Jesus killed himself in order to appease himself so that he could in turn retroactively forgive the distant descendents of a man who never existed for eating a piece of fruit. Of course, that man who didn't exist also was badly designed by Jesus because Jesus failed to give that man knowledge of good and evil in the first place so he would know his fruit eating was a bad thing. Such is the logic of the religious.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Zbd

      You are one f'd up individual.

      January 18, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Mike

      Wait, wait, wait, are you telling me Internal Affairs was hip to the caper from the beginning?

      January 19, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • Snap

      LOL to most it would sound like you're being sacrilegious, but the ironic thing is that is actually what the Bible is saying. Here's one question for the faithful, if a known pedophile moved in next door, but you knew that a good man had died for him, would it alleviate any of your fears that this pedophile might hurt your daughter?

      January 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  6. Joe Gets

    I guess Zionists still control America. Whatever happened to free speech? Opps. ..sorry. It doesn't apply when it comes to criticising Jews. The Jews poisoned the minds of the Romans and the Romans "Killed" Jesus according to the NT. So, both are guilty. Let's hang the pope in place of the Romans and Netanyahoo in place of the Jews. End of story.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • nrog

      Latin America is not America, and it isn't a matter of free speech anyway unless the government is involved.

      January 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  7. UB6IB9

    The Jews killed Jesus. The Bible says it is so.
    They are also killing free speach. This article says it is so.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • SeanNJ

      You're killing the English language. Your spelling of the word "speech" says it is so.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Joe Gets

      You'd betta shut up unless u wanna get killed also.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • UB6IB9

      Thank you Sean NJ.


      January 17, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Zbd

      Unbelievable how stupid some people are. You must have not taken your meds today.

      January 18, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • John

      Twisted little anti-semites spout their hate every day. Your post says so.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Beth

      Jesus probably didn't exist. If he did, he was Jewish and so was his whole family. I like that someone posted, 'The Americans killed Lincoln". That makes as much sense. I'm not responsible for something that supposedly happened a few thousand years ago but you are responsible for being a bigot now.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  8. LordEarlGray

    People conveniently forget that God picked a Jewish family to raise his son. That's quite a reference.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Joe Gets

      Just like when he picked Phoaroh's household to raise Moses. Jesus' mother was an examplary women just as was Phoaroh's wife.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  9. Max

    Oh but it's obvious who murdered Jesus... the all powerful god who is his father who planned the whole thing and sent his prophets to tell about it... before it happened... then let uncounted numbers of human beings get blamed and killed for his actions. I'm not sure his plan was very well thought out.

    January 17, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  10. Joe Chelata

    I wonder if a poll about who is resposible for the holocaust would cause an uproar??

    January 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Only if one of the responses was Germans instead of Nazi's, that and the whole thing is moot because we KNOW it was the Nazi's who perpetrated the holocaust.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • groundhog

      The Germans started it and, unfortunately, the Nazi's made it much worse. But, the interesting situation developed due to the Jews in control of the banks, food, clothing, etc. in Germany when the German people needed these items and the Jews would not provide any assistance to the German people when they were starving. My great grandparents and grandparents came to America as Slavic immigrants prior to the Nazi devastation of Europe .

      January 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  11. MashaSobaka

    If there is a God or a group of Gods, and if I meet him/her/them when I die, I will immediately thank him/her/them for allowing me to be born into a secular, non-religious household. I am told by religious folks that my life is empty without God, but when I look at the hatred that exists in the hearts of many religious people I feel so, so lucky to have escaped that kind of culture. I don't know if there is any divine influence on this or any world and I don't care. I'm going to do my best to improve the world and not wait for a deity to promise me salvation in return. And you can bet your sorry behind that my attempts to make life better for all will NOT involve pondering who is ultimately responsible for the death of Christ. I've got more important things to worry about.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Bumper

      There are not multiple Gods. The Holy Trinity is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
      Umm. Sorry, you probably won't thank Jesus if you don't accept him because you will be Hell bound.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Yuri Pelham

      Over the past 2000 years the Christian community has been continuously killing Jesus with their Crusades, Inquisition, pedophilia coverup, holocaust... you all can add to the list. You people appointed someone as a god and did unspeakable evil in his name. You are beneath contempt.

      January 16, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

      Yuri, Jesus was not appointed by man, but by his Father. He did the Will of His Father. Please read the teaching of Christ before posting comments on this blog.

      January 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • Wow

      Bumper...and you know this to be true because of a book written by people hundreds of years after Jesus walked the Earth, edited by religious leaders who were being influenced by the politics of the time? Now 2000 years later, people want to use this book as "proof"? hahahahahaha

      January 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • todaymessage

      bumper, are you sure there is only one god? Just count how many band of christians in US, they surely don't believe other christian's god.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  12. Wags

    Hell is reserved for those that don't believe that Christ CAME to die for us. Ironicus, if you don't believe that – it's fine. You can go to Hell.

    January 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Ironicus

      Actually, I can't since it doesn't exist. But keep trying. Someday you might actually say something intelligent.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • Wow

      And if you were never exposed to the bible you have no chance in Hell of getting to Heaven? Why would any God deny humans entry into Heaven just because they never had the chance to be a Christian? Ghandi and many many other great human beings who worked tirelessly for others and lived thier lives better than most Christians can never go to heaven, but the worst example of a human being, like a serial killer, can go to heaven because the "say" they believe in the Christian god before they die?

      January 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • todaymessage

      If you are a true follower, you will follow his footstep saving the sinners.

      where are the sinner go.............................hell.

      if you think you are not going to hell, you are not a true follower and don't believe his teaching..............shame on you posting as believer.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  13. J

    Jesus was Jewish. Italians (Romans) killed him, then spent the next 2,000 years shifting blame to the Jews so they wouldn't feel so guilty. It's easy to target a minority group.

    January 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • apostate

      That's not what your Bible says. 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15 (those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus) Do Christians ever read the Bible?

      January 16, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • paul

      we all nailed jesus to the cross. he died for everyone. for those who believe and for those who don't. he loves the sinner but hates the sin.

      January 16, 2012 at 5:10 am |
    • Zbd

      I agree 100%.

      January 18, 2012 at 12:44 am |
  14. Muneef

    We had already taken the covenant of the Children of Israel and had sent to them messengers. Whenever there came to them a messenger with what their souls did not desire, a party [of messengers] they denied, and another party they killed. (5:70)

    And they thought there would be no [resulting] punishment, so they became blind and deaf. Then Allah turned to them in forgiveness; then [again] many of them became blind and deaf. And Allah is Seeing of what they do. (5:71)

    January 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Muneef

      Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful. (7:157)

      Say, [O Muhammad], "O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, [from Him] to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. There is no deity except Him; He gives life and causes death." So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in Allah and His words, and follow him that you may be guided. (7:158)

      January 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  15. The Truth

    That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
    Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-
    —Qur'an, sura 4 (An-Nisa) ayat 157-158[1]

    January 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Appalled

      This whole god, Jesus, Allah or whatever is a bunch of myths. May as well believe in Rumpelstiltskin. Whoever hatched up the Bible was a bunch of illiterates. And the ones who translated it are no better. I'm a freethinker & wish the rest of the world were. Religion is definitely the root of all evil & always has been. Read your history & do your own thinking.

      January 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Zbd

      And the Koran was written by someone who couldn't read or write, had several mistresses? What a joke.

      January 18, 2012 at 12:47 am |


    January 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  17. Kierra

    Actually, Jesus is the latest personification for the Sun. That's right, he is a sun-god. He comes to life every Winter Solstice, dies every Spring, and is resurrected every Spring Equinox. The bible is saturated with astrotheological information, all one has to do is look for it.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Bumper


      January 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  18. VeniVidiDejaVu

    Well, the Statute of Limitations has not run out, so there is still a chance for a conviction. Put Monk on the case.

    January 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  19. Dogma

    God killed Jesus. Jesus was one manifestation of the Holy Trinity. Therefore God killed Himself. Suicide by omnipotence.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  20. pasigiri

    Who killed Jesus??? We all did. Read the first 5 chapters of Romans. If one were a true Christian, they would know this. If one was an atheist, one that is educated and doesn't just spout off constantly because they feel their beliefs shaken, would say "I don't believe any of this stuff, but according to the Christian Bible, Christ died for everyone sins, therefore everyone is responsible for His death".

    January 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Fnordz

      That doesn't make any sense at all. It's akin to saying, "The police officer died to protect me, therefore I am responsible for her death."

      January 14, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Chad

      pasigiri: well said

      @Fnordz "That doesn't make any sense at all. It's akin to saying, "The police officer died to protect me, therefore I am responsible for her death."
      =>you are missing a key point in your analogy, this is closer to the real situation:

      "I decided one day to ignore the warnings about the thin ice on the pond and decided to go skating anyway. I fell through and would have drowned except for an fire fighter that dove in and pushed me up on the firm ice just prior to slipping under and drowning. "
      Are you responsible for his death? It was his choice to jump in and save you, and he certainly knew what could happen to him, and yet had you not ignored the warnings of thin ice and ventured out, he never would have been put in the position of having to make the save.

      My analogy isnt completely theologically accurate, but vastly closer to the real situation than yours.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Ironicus

      The REAL situation is that your "god" doesn't even exist, so there is no ice, no fireman, just delusional people thinking their religion has anything to do with the real world.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Chad

      @Ironicus "The REAL situation is that your "god" doesn't even exist, so there is no ice, no fireman, just delusional people thinking their religion has anything to do with the real world."

      =>so, Jesus of Nazareth was an insane schizophrenic suffering from delusions of grandeur?

      January 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • apostate

      That's not what your Bible says. 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15 (those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus) Do Christians ever read the Bible? We atheists have actually read it.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • todaymessage

      , you either live outside us or doesn't know the us system. In Houston, some kids were stealing when the cop arrived. They tried to run away., one was killed by the cop, the one got caught was charged with murder.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • todaymessage

      That does not fit the american legal system. The system only punish the responsible party. In this case, his god who had the absolute power and responsible for his action, arranged the incident. therefore his god is the one.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • LinCA


      You said, "Who killed Jesus??? We all did. Read the first 5 chapters of Romans. If one were a true Christian, they would know this."
      The only requirement to be a "true christian" is to claim to be one. Religious beliefs, including all forms of christianity, are personal choices. Your statement is a form of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy.

      You said, "If one was an atheist, one that is educated and doesn't just spout off constantly because they feel their beliefs shaken, would say "I don't believe any of this stuff, but according to the Christian Bible, Christ died for everyone sins, therefore everyone is responsible for His death"."
      Quite a few of the atheists on this comment board are intelligent and well educated. A lot of them are "first generation" atheists, meaning that they weren't indoctrinated by the authority figures in their lives to disbelieve. Most appear to have grown up in christian homes. Some were even headed for priesthood before they realized it was all nonsense.

      I would reword your statement to: I don't believe any of this stuff, but according to the christian bible, Jesus died for everyone sins, therefore christians tend to think that everyone is responsible for his death. But, just because christians think that, that doesn't make it so.

      There is very little reason to believe that Jesus was an actual person. There is even less reason to believe any of the miracles attributed to him actually occurred. There is absolutely no reason to believe that he was the son of a god.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:03 am |
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