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Fair Point

from the guy whose email I last posted:

I realize you are busy and probably speed-read your e-mails, but you really missed my point.

I clearly stipulated in my e-mail that, “I doubt Jonah would have even mentioned it if Gibson were a not-so-devout believer who had said, ‘I’m making this movie because I just think it’s a pretty powerful story that will make a cool movie.’ “

In other words, if Sophia Coppola decides to make a biopic about the Apostle Paul, but does it purely as an artistic endeavor and not as an act of faith or a religious “calling,” then I think you will have very few, if any people wondering what she is going to do with the profits. In the case of The Passion, no one is demanding to know what Newmarket or actress Monica Bellucci are doing with their proceeds from the film.

Thus, asking what true believer and inspired-by-God Mel is doing with his likely massive profits will not in any way, shape, or form discourage secular Hollywood types from making similar movies.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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