Star Parker

More absurd, and outrageous, is that this line of reasoning has traction in Europe, where anti-Semitism is rampant. The European Union refuses to classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. All this coming from a part of the world where less then a century ago 6 million Jews were murdered for the crime of existing.

A movie star, who produced a film about Christ, revealing his personal anti-Semitic demons in a drunken stupor, makes for great press. Clearly, the man has problems that he needs to address. But liberals will want to equate a troubled man with an important message, and this is where we need to be aware and cautious.

A violinist who butchers Mozart speaks to the musician and not the composer. It is pointlessness and nihilism that trouble today's world, not faith and traditional values. The West suffers from rampant meaninglessness. The East from fanatics dressing politics up as religion to give easy answers to their people who have hard work to do to build their backward societies.

It is not an accident that anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment finds such a welcome home among Europeans, who have largely abandoned their Christian roots and have become almost totally secularized.

In our own back yard the Gibson incident might provoke Americans to wonder how it is that someone who has everything that constitutes the American materialistic dream needs to blow his brains out with alcohol.

The consensus seems to be that "The Passion of the Christ" was not an anti-Semitic film. Regardless, we should wake up. Many films coming out of Hollywood do hurt our children and society. The endless, mindless exploitive garbage _ filled with gratuitous sex and violence, laced with liberal cultural messages _ makes the film industry rich.

Whether it's Mel Gibson or Trent Lott, let's not allow one individual's shortcomings and personal problems to divert our attention from where the real villains and problems of our society, and in the world, reside.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.