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There was a panel discussion on The Passion last night at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. Crisis magazine publisher Deal Hudson faced a pretty hostile gathering, and argued–both politely and charitably–for the right of Christians “to tell their own story.” He conceded that he thought the film’s violence “went a little over the top,” but contended with great vigor against assertions that there were anti-Semitic caricatures in the movie. What made Hudson’s presentation so impressive was, above all, his tone; he indulged in neither self-pity nor braggadocio, but instead issued a calm, firm, and precise call for fairness. Father Neuhaus made a great comment recently to the effect that being a wimp and being a bully are not the only choices we have; last night, Deal Hudson proved it.



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