Sunday, February 15, 2004

'Passion' big on Internet

The Internet has been a key tool in promoting The Passion of The Christ as well as in debate over its contents and potential effect on audiences. Here are some sites:

• - The official movie site.

• - A site set up by Women Influencing the Nation (organized by Madeira resident Jennifer Giroux) to encourage people to patronize the movie. Contains a petition urging theaters to show the film, and an appeal for donations to fund radio ads.

• - An evangelical Christian Web site containing a letter urging Gibson to add a statement of historical context to the film to repudiate anti-Semitic interpretations.

• - A fan site with information available in 18 languages.

• - A promotional site offering posters, post cards and similar items for the cost of shipping.

• - Official site of the American Jewish Committee includes statements explaining concerns about the film, and an interfaith resource guide to issues raised by the movie.

• - Official site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with their announcement of the Feb. 23 release of The Bible, the Jews and the Death of Jesus: A Collection of Catholic Documents, reiterating the church's condemnation of anti-Semitism.

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