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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Gibson and Dobson

I wrote last week that I was a little surprised that few evangelical leaders have spoken up about actor/director Mel Gibson's drunken, anti-Semitic tirade in late July. Gibson, a Catholic, became something of an evangelical darling for his "The Passion of the Christ" movie.

Now, James Dobson -- head of Focus on the Family -- has released a statement. In short, Dobson says that we should give the guy a break.

"Mel has apologized profusely for the incident and there the matter should rest," Dobson said. "Mel has also indicated his willingness to seek help to overcome his alcoholism, and has asked the Jewish community for forgiveness. What more can he do?"

Dobson also said Gibson's remarks weren't relevent to "The Passion," which some criticized as being anti-Semitic. Dobson called it "one of the finest films of this era," and said nothing has taken place that would alter the ministry's view on the matter.


Blogger Jim Harper said...

Why is it that when someone, in this case Mr. Mel Gibson, is anti-Jew and is drunk while driving, we should give him a break? Let's change that to anti-Christian while drunk driving...and Dr. Dobson would be preaching "We reap what we sow".

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