God Discussion: “Christians launch petition to stop production of “blasphemous jesus of nazareth” film”

From God Discussion: 

Conservative Christians are angry about a film to be directed by Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch director famous for his films “RoboCop,” “Total Recall” and “Basic Instinct,” called “jesus of nazareth.”  The film is based on the book, jesus of nazareth, written by Verhoeven.

After receiving advanced degrees in math and physics, Verhoeven began to make movies, eventually moving from his native Holland to Los Angeles in 1985, where he also became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history.

“The liberal media’s relentless persecution of the Christian faith shows yet again the double standard of bigotry. There’s no way a similar movie would ever be made claiming Muhammad was the product of a rape,” wrote Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission, in a press release.  The press release goes on to say:

The movie depicts the life of Jesus, but unlike other Biblical epics “jesus of nazareth” shows Jesus performing no miracles, born as the result of rape, and when Jesus dies he does not come back from the grave.

Paul Verhoeven, the bigoted writer of “jesus of Nazareth” is no stranger to offending Christians with statements intended to bully and browbeat: “In my opinion, Christianity is nothing more than one of many interpretations of reality, neither more nor less. Ideally, it would be nice to believe that there is a God somewhere out there, but it looks to me as if the whole Christian religion is a major symptom of schizophrenia in half the world’s population: civilizations scrambling to rationalize their chaotic existence. Subsequently, Christianity has a tendency to look like magic or the occult.”

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