"Passion" Update: Blood Libel Out, Aussie Jews Approve

Herald Sun: Jews OK Mel's film [07feb04]

Other religious groups support the movie, saying it follows closely the literal interpretation of the Gospel. "In Christian teaching, Jesus died because of human sin and it would be quite tragic if a film about Jesus' death resulted in a human sin of anti-semitism," said Jeremy Jones, the president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

"We think it would be very unlikely that there would be hostility because of one person's artistic rendering of a Bible story, which is what this is.

"I don't think Mel Gibson is claiming this is anything other than one person's artistic rendering of how he reads a story important to his religious faith."