Foxman says the following about Mel Gibson's upcoming movie about the Maccabees:
We would have hoped that Warner Bros. could have found someone better than Mel Gibson to direct or perhaps even star in a film on the life of the Jewish historical icon Judah Maccabee. As a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty, Judah Maccabee deserves better.
But why does Judah Maccabee deserve better? Foxman continues:
Not only has Mel Gibson shown outward antagonism toward Jews and Judaism in his public statements and actions, but his previous attempt to bring biblical history to life on the screen was marred by anti-Semitism.
To the first charge, I thought that Mr. Gibson publicly apologized for his anti-Semitic remarks that he made while inebriated. I believe that Gibson characterized his remarks as "inexcusable" (as they certainly were). Gibson has even gone so far in his apology that he's taken a break from Catholicism to divorce his wife, commit adultery, dive into a bottle, and abuse the woman he shacked up with. If Foxman wanted Gibson to debase himself to the lowest, vilest neighborhood of schmuckdom, Gibson did everything in his power to accommodate Foxman's wildest fantasy.
It's not good enough, though. Foxman's hang up over Gibson's drunken stupidity proves that any apology to Foxman will be regarded by Foxman as nothing more than an admission of guilt, certainly not a call for forgiveness.
As to the second charge, Foxman is still whining about the anti-Semitic nature of The Passion of the Christ, which was anti-Semitic, of course, for depicting a Jew being condemned to death by Jews. Never mind the fact that that is exactly what happened. It's no secret that Foxman is still upset that there weren't mobs of angry Christians running around looking to lynch Jews after watching The Passion as Foxman and his cabal had predicted. It goads them so much that they go on ad nauseam about how anti-Semitic The Passion of the Christ is in the hopes that they will finally succeed in convincing maybe a half dozen goyim that it is indeed, despite all evidence to the contrary, a vile piece of anti-Semitic propaganda intended to incite violence against Jews. As the crickets chirp, Foxman is still waiting, seven years later, for the first flash mob to materialize.
While we do not argue with Mel Gibson's right to make this film, we still strongly believe that Warner Bros. should reconsider Gibson's involvement in this project.
... because a much better choice would be Michael Moore, and maybe Lady Gaga should be cast as Judah's love interest. Foxman wouldn't even bat an eyelash at that.