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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. .

    ..............J E W S...... A R E ......... C H R I S T....... K I L L E R S !...............

    December 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Bergerdrum

      YOU........ARE...........AN IDIOT !!!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • vmprophet

      Technically if you are a christian, he didn't die. so, you cant blame the jews for something they didn't do. It would be like if you were convicted of killing some one and 3 days later that guy is seen walking around town, you would be let go because there was no murder

      December 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      VM,

      Actually, if you are a Christian, you believe He died and rose again. The Bible clearly states that Jesus did in fact die and was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea (sp?). Then on the third day, He rose again.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  2. amg

    Jews, Christians, and Muslims are more alike than different. All 3 religions stemmed from Abraham. Check it out on wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrahamic_religions )

    December 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  3. Atheist Sarah

    Me, as an atheist believe that Jews killed Christ because Jesus lived in an area where it was settled by Jews. Nobody would have blamed the Jews if they really did not do it

    December 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  4. vmprophet

    I don't get it, how is it offensive? Is there a great secret that we are not in on? Isn't it part of history that the high jewish priests had a hand in his death?

    December 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Bergerdrum

      No, it is not a part of "history." It is a part of a distortion and untruth by the early gospel writers. They were trying to blame the Jews in order to avoid persecution by the Romans in the early days, before Christianity became the Roman state religion.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      The "early Gospel writers" WERE Jewish, as was my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It would make absolutely NO sense at all to blame their own countrymen if this were untrue, as anyone present at Jerusalem during those years would have been well aware of the events of the time.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Bergerdrum

      No, Dave, the early Gospel writers – at least the Synoptic writers – were Gentile Greeks and followers of Paul. Possibly the 4th Gospel, John's might have been written by Jewish followers of "The Way," led by Jesus' brother James after his death, as they called Jesus' teaching.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  5. jckok

    I will tell you, everybody played there role, in Christ death. This wuz gods plan.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • james

      You could have saved some space on the page by just saying "Fox is sorry"

      December 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  6. Jane

    Now you can see all the BIGOTS out there..............uneducated....ignorant......just plaun DUMB!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  7. Mad agnostic

    Why should Fox News apologize? Jews killed Jesus Christ!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Bergerdrum

      Your name reveals that you are simply trying to stir up a storm with your comment, which you don't believe. Dante places you in a very special place in hell with the "sowers of discord."

      December 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  8. Reality

    Who killed Jesus? His father if you believe all the Christian mumbo-jumbo!!

    To wit:

    "Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrifices his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but it is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood sacrifices in order to be reconciled to us."

    Professor JD Crossan

    December 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  9. Brian

    I will cancel my subscription to National Geographic.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  10. SCAtheist

    Who knows, and who on this board can provide real evidence, not just stories written much later, and picked by the Catholic church much later than that to be part of a bible to match OT prophesy.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  11. This is...

    shamless, naked cynicism on Fox's part.

    The pick up the yahoo anti-semitic audience (look at a lot of the responses here) and then say, "Oops, our mistake, we really didn't mean it."

    December 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  12. Jews killed Jesus :(

    THE CROWS WAS MADE UP ON JEWS AND THEY YELLED TO KILL JESUS... THAT'S THE TRUTH. NO CR*P ROMANS KILLED HIM

    December 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Bergerdrum

      Like most Christians and Fox News fans on the planet, you know NOTHING of real New Testament scholarship, you know NOTHING of actual recorded human history, and you know NOTHING of Judaism and what was likely or unlikely to have happened in those days. Try looking at my earlier comment to "Joe from CT (not Lieberman).

      December 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  13. Reality

    Jesus like many was in the right place at the right time. There was a lot of economic-driven assistance and "necessary accessories" without which Jesus would have been just another forgotten Jewish radical.

    To wit:

    Paul of Taurus was first of the "necessary accessories". He recognized early on the great wealth of Roman and Greek Gentiles so he wrote his epistles raising Jesus and his embellished life from the dead and the Gentiles "ate it up". His promise of the imminent second coming was shear brilliance in gathering much silver and gold (the prime necessary accessory). The Romans got jealous ending the life of the first necessay accessory.

    Pilate, although not the founder of Christianity, was another "necessary accessory i.e. he could have easily sent Jesus to the salt mines.

    Constantine and his swords finished the "necessary accessory" scenario.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      To wit..... you dont have a clue about anything. Do you reallize How many Old Testament prophecies there are concerning the life, ministry, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ? There are literally HUNDREDS. It would be literally impossible for a Jewish infant born to poor people under Roman rule to have manufactored the needed "evidence" for His Messiah-ship. Even as an adult man, such would have been beyond the scope of a mere mortal. The Jewish people know every word of their prophets and all the prophecies like the back of their hand. THAT is why so many of the poor Jewish underclass (and even so many of the priest-hood, in the Book of Acts) willingly followed Jesus, even to their own deaths or torture and imprisonment. He gave them something they had never known before: hope.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the those interested in a religious update:
      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      5. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      6. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  14. Bumper

    Jesus was both a real human being and the Son of God. There is more historical evidence for his existence than any (including the Roman emperors) other person in the annals of history. His life was predicted by the Old Testament, recorded by eye-witness in the first century including his family, Apostles and even a non Judaic (!) Christian historian named Josephus. Josephus was a very adroit historian who even wrote down exact dimensions of many of the Jewish temples that existed during that time period. He certainly acknowledges the existence of Christ in his writings, but did not know of his significance in the redemptive history of God's word. Therefore, one should NEVER EVER doubt the historical existence of Christ. He lived 2000 years ago and he has given everyone an opportunity to have eternal life if they live according to God's word and worship him in Spirit and in Truth. The Lord has fixed a Day when he will Judge all of mankind accordingly. Even though God has given all of us free-will to make our own choices he has indeed pre-determined that those of us who accept Christ will have eternal life with Him. The non-believers will suffer everlasting torment separated from God.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Regis990

      Religion is a crutch for the weak of mind.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • Aaron

      Actually that is completely false. There is no proof there was a person named Jesus other than in the bible. NO other corroborating evidence exists.

      Point to your sources or shut up.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Bruce

      Are you for real? Sure Jesus existed. He was a Jew. Everything else that you wrote is simply your opinion, which I completely disagree with. Believe what you want. Just leave the rest of us out of it. ,,,, and keep your religous views out of our government.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Andy

      This is the biggest bunch of poo I have ever read. You people are imbeciles.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Not a doubter.

      I believe in Jesus' coming and coming again. Thank God for his sacrifice.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Sean

      When you right a book you can foreshadow anything that will happen in the future. Its called writing a peice of fiction.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Sean

      You know who didn't come? Mary... she was a Virgin 😛

      December 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • pastafaria

      Glad to hear it Bumper. Any chance you could give us a head's up next time you think the second coming might occur so I can reserve a spot in the VIP Room at Club Paradise in Vegas? On the last so-called "rapture day" it was a bit crowded, almost didn't make it as a walk in.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • jeff

      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 8:45 pm |
  15. Where is Fox News standard reponse?!

    Myth Romney believes that Joseph Smith, the Founder of Mormonism is JESUS CHRIST!!!

    Maybe Fox News should organize a poll about who killed Joseph Smith?...a: Many wives; b) Assasins; c.) angry mobs killing a criminal; d.) the Top 1% for corporate greed & profit to fund the mormon church

    December 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Really? They believe Joe and Jesus were one and the same?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • max

      does it matter? one myth is as good as another.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Max

      @Where is Fox News standard reponse?!

      You clearly know nothing about the Mormon belief system. Read a book, reach a few of your conclusions a posteriori.

      As for the question of "Who killed Jesus?": The answer is who cares. History has many important functions. A lot of backwards people think placing blame on live people for what dead people did is one of them. It isn't.

      Lastly, if more people placed emphasis on Jesus' example and teachings, rather than his divinity, the world would be in better shape. Peace out.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Where is Fox News standard reponse?!

      If you do not like Myth Romney and you're against mormonism, what would they call you?....anti-Mythism mormonism. LOL

      December 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  16. led

    The guy who cuts my lawn is name Jesus, I hope he is ok.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  17. Mozart

    What? Are the reporters at CNN running for some political office? This has got to be one of the most irrelevent stories of 2011. Do you have a list for those? Come on, this was nothing more than a shot at Fox news (in Latin America for crying in the night). I don't read CNN becasue I want a comparison between networks over trivia. I read CNN for the same reason I read Fox, I want to knowwhat is actually going on in the world that really matters. This story was beneath you.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Aaron

      Just because you think something doesn't mean it's true.

      I find it incredible that you would bother commenting on a story you think is so unworthy of your time.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  18. Mike

    Rabbi Jesus was just another jew, preaching his brand of judism. He died because thats how other beliefs are. They kill

    December 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  19. Reality

    "From Crossan and Watts book, Who is Jesus.

    “My best historical reconstruction would be something like this. Jesus was arrested during the Passover festival, most likely in response to his action in the Temple. Those who were closest to him ran away for their own safety. I do not presume that there were any high-level confrontations between Caiaphas and Pilate and Herod Antipas either about Jesus or with Jesus. No doubt they would have agreed before the festival that fast action was to be taken against any disturbance and that a few examples by crucifixion might be especially useful at the outset. And I doubt very much if Jewish police or Roman soldiers needed to go too far up the chain of command in handling a Galilean peasant like Jesus. It is hard for us to imagine the casual brutality with which Jesus was probably taken and executed.

    All those "last week" details in our gospels, as distinct from the brute facts just mentioned, are prophecy turned into history, rather than history remembered."

    December 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Bergerdrum

      A better account might be found in the A.N. Wilson book "Jesus: A Life."

      December 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Reality

      . 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?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  20. clue

    Wondering what the world would have today if Jesus wasn't executed.

    1. Would there have been a larger following ? Would the Holy Cross been a symbol that his followers would have with them?
    2. Constantine and the council of Nicea would have picked another legend
    3. The world wouldn't have had crusades and The world's population would would have exploded.
    4. Lot more pagan believers would have survived ( Atleast until 8th Century ....when another one of the man made religions came into being).
    .....
    ......

    December 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
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