“As for the remarks [Mel]Gibson made while intoxicated, ancient Jewish wisdom informs us that one way we can know what a person is really like is by how he behaves when he is drunk. From this, we can safely assume that Mel Gibson doesn’t think much of Jews. [. . .]
“If Gibson never makes another film, he will still be able to buy gas for his Lexus. He is not a politician trying to win an election after an imprudent remark, like Georgia state Rep. Billy McKinney, who blamed ‘J-E-W-S’ after his daughter, U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, was defeated in a congressional primary in 2002.
“By the way, there was virtually no Jewish criticism of that remark for which there was little apology and which was not made while Billy was drunk. More cynical observers than I suggest it might have something to do with the McKinneys being Democrats. [. . .]
“Film maker and Democratic propagandist Michael Moore has made the most preposterous statements about Israel for whichhe has never apologized and for which the Jewish community has never criticized him. [. . .] Yet, Gibson publicly apologized and the Jewish response was so beyond ungracious that one must ask what exactly would Gibson have had to do or say in order to win Jewish absolution? [. . .] Furthermore one would have to askwhywouldanyrampant bigot even bother to do this? [. . .] I haven’t heard any apologies from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, writing on “Mel Gibson and Me,” Aug. 1 in Toward Tradition at www.towardtradition.org