Monthly Archives: March 2004

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ Exceeds Expectations

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For well over a year before its release on Ash Wednesday 2004, Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ was both eagerly anticipated and heavily dreaded. Before a large number of people had had the chance to see the movie for themselves, representatives of the extreme left, both within and without the visible Church on earth, warned against the film and worked for its demise on the grounds that it would fuel anti-Semitism. Following its release and the subsequent widespread revelation that this fear was unfounded, many opponents of the film attacked it based on its extreme violence and gore. Every attack has served to increase awareness of the film, and has contributed to its phenomenally successful start at the box-office.

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