Mona Charen

Before about 1965, Hollywood (which even then was top-heavy with Jewish creative talent) treated religion (nearly always Christianity) with respect and affection. From "The Bells of Saint Mary's" to "Boys Town" to "Ben-Hur," religion was portrayed in heroic and saintly hues. What changed in the '60s was not that Jews took over Hollywood but that liberalism did. And as liberalism triumphed, religion began to be portrayed as bigoted, corrupt and stupid. Christianity has been maligned in the process, but so have Jews and Israel.

Consider one of the nominees for an Academy Award last year: "Paradise Now." I didn't see it but understand from reviews that it treats with sympathy the grooming of two Palestinian suicide bombers who blow themselves up killing innocent Israelis. I did see Steven Spielberg's "Munich." With Jews like this, who needs Mel Gibson? "Munich" is a taut, sophisticated thriller that portrays Israeli agents as cold-blooded, conscienceless killers altogether on the same moral plane as the terrorists they track. Along the way it defames Israel's founding, basically arguing that the state was created illegitimately.

One of Hollywood's darlings is Michael Moore, who spouts all of the anti-Semitic cant fashionable on the far left. He told an audience in Liverpool that the world's villains were all connected: "It's all part of the same ball of wax, right? The oil companies, Israel, Halliburton." Moore refused to permit his movies to be shown in Israel (no loss there) until Israel "returns Arab lands." This created zero scandal in Hollywood because Hollywood is first, last and overwhelmingly liberal. The fact that many Jews work in Hollywood is irrelevant. No, it's worse than that. Jewish influence in Hollywood is bad for the Jews.

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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