By Mark Neckameyer
August 03, 2006
"Poor Mel Gibson!" That is what Bill O'Reilly was
saying on his show on Wednesday evening and I have heard this
refrain several times on talk radio too. It goes, "Mel
made one small mistake that we all have committed in our lives
... He had a little too much to drink and then mouthed off.
It was the drink talking. Leave Mel alone. He has been punished
This was not just any old actor arrested for DWI. Mel's family
has a history of anti-Semitism that they usually deny. Mel's
father, founder of some kind of ultra orthodox Catholic splinter
group ... bring back Latin, that kind of thing has, publicly
rejected the idea that there was ever a Holocaust during World
War Two. Mel seems to agree with his father on the Holocaust
issue, calling it in a two year old interview, "a numbers
game." He said that, " There had been nine million
claimed killed and then six million ... Who knows what is right?"
Then Mel Gibson makes a huge block buster movie that many see
as promoting the ancient, scurrilous idea about Jews killing
Jesus with attached collective guilt. Think that this movie
was a coincidence or did the Gibson family have a political/religious
point to make?
I have never told this story anyplace. I grew up in Phoenix,
Arizona in a pretty liberal family. I think we were the only
Jewish family in our part of the still small city Phoenix was
in the 1950s. There were not many Catholic families in Phoenix
then either, Most people were either LDS (Mormon) or Southern
Baptists. There were a few Irish Catholic families and some
of their children went to school at the same public elementary
school I attended and we all got along fine ... Until Easter
time. Sure kids can be mean to each other and they say things
to tease that they don't really mean but clearly remember being
chased, literally chased, running for my life, I felt, harrassed
by kids coming from after school catechism class, Catholic religious
school, with them yelling at me."You killed Jesus!"
I am sure the Church does not promote anything like that now
and dare I say, many of my friends are Catholic today but thinking
about that time still sends shivers down my spine. This was
the only anti-semitism I have ever experienced first hand.
Mel Gibson was caught driving 84 MPH on a congested street with
a 45 MPH limit. He was drunk enough that he could easily have
killed many people. He resisted arrest and tried to escape from
the police. Mel did many things, easily attributed to Alcoholism
for which he should be punished legally ... He won't be though.
He has lots of money for PR campaigns and great lawyers, Ahhh,
our fair legal system. I am glad that we got to hear Mel's real
feelings about how a very tiny number of my co-religionists who
from the inside I see as very peaceful and liberal doing
great work from discovering cures for diseases to teaching in
inner-city schools yet Mr Gibson says we are responsible for
"all the wars in the world"? This wasn't the alcohol
talking. This was the catechism teaching of the 1950s and 1960s
speaking. I am sure of it now.
Irvine, CA - USA
About: "I am a semi retired accountant living in California.
I love Alaska for the fishing and outdoor lifestyle and am about
a year away from full retirement; plannng to spend as much summer
as possible in Alaska."
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