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Segment 7 (Mel Gibson's Passion) #735359

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The controversy over Mel Gibson's film "The Passion," about the last hours of the life of Jesus, reviewed; details given of the criticism of Gibson's fundamentalist strain of Catholicism. [National Assn. of Evangelicals executive director Rev. Ted HAGGARD†, Union Theological Seminary Sister Mary BOYS†, Anti-Defamation League executive director Abe FOXMAN†- offer views of the movie's language, violence, portrayal of Jews, Gibson.] [Icon Productions marketing director Paul LAUER†- responds to the criticism; defends Gibson's relationship with Jews.] [FOXMAN - says it is about sensitivity, not censorship.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with Lauer about the criticism of the movie. [From Los Angeles, LAUER - says we have screened the film for as many people as possible; indicates that Gibson has been accused of anti-Semitism; states we invite feedback from Jewish leaders following the film's validation by 300 religious leaders.]

Brown, Aaron

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