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Monday, April 05, 2004
In America, The Passion turned out to be a fundamentalist's Last Tango in Paris (or Showgirls), a rather prurient excuse for lurid voyeurism -- in this case, a bit of the old ultraviolence. This is where all the hand-wringing over Mel Gibson's movie becomes more relevant:

Gibson's 'The Passion' a Hit Among Arabs
AP - Mon Apr 5, 1:35 AM ET

Hanan Nsour, a veiled, 21-year-old Muslim in Jordan, came out of "The Passion of the Christ" in tears and pronounced her verdict: Mel Gibson's crucifixion epic " unmasked the Jews' lies and I hope that everybody, everywhere, turns against the Jews."