Kevin Sorbo is most famous for playing an ancient Greek demigod on a cheesy TV show during the 1990s, but lately he’s been playing a hero for the Christian god, making the rounds of religious right radio shows to promote his new film God’s Not Dead by saying really dumb things about atheists, and now apparently about Jews too.

Referring to Mel Gibson on Jerry Newcombe’s Vocal Point radio program a few weeks ago, Sorbo told the host that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus.

Sorbo: He got attacked when he was shooting ‘The Passion’ from the Jewish community, saying ‘look at the way you’re portraying us.’ News bulletin: you did kill Jesus!

Newcombe: Well, they delivered him over to the Romans, right.

Sorbo: Exactly, they did deliver him over, so they had a hand in it. Um, and of course, what did it do? A thirty million dollar movie made five hundred million dollars, so Mel sort of had the last laugh there.

Literally every pogrom ever carried out against a Jewish population has included this accusation. It has been used as an excuse to attack, oppress, and murder Jews ever since the gospels were written. Despite decades of efforts by Christian leaders to dispel this belief in the wake of the Holocaust, Sorbo happens to share it with about a quarter of Americans today.

Of course, there’s a big problem here: the gospels were written by people with an interest in blaming Jews, which is why there are clear scriptural statements that support the narrative. It’s a great example of how religious leaders in a pluralistic society are sometimes required to look objectively at their own text, and even edit its plain-language meanings, in order to avoid social disorder and violence — which in turn leaves fundamentalists dissatisfied, and agnostics emboldened.

Since this interview was recorded before Sorbo’s infamous Facebook rant in which he referred to Ferguson, Missouri protesters as “animals,” we can only conclude that Sorbo has revealed a more general set of attitudes in recent weeks. Whether or not he understands just what kind of potential evils lie right beyond them is an open question.

Video: Kevin Sorbo drinking beer and being interviewed about his man-on-man kiss in the movie Meet The Spartans

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  • ORAXX

    Christians have been responsible for the deaths of a countless number of Jews.

    • Joseph Stavitsky

      Christians have been responsible for the deaths of a countless number of [insert minority of choice]

      /fify

  • Floyd Wilson

    It is what the bible says. The bible is fiction, but the story is pretty clear that Jesus f-ed with the money train that the ruling Rabbis had set up so they demanded that the Roman ruler of Judea take action.

    • Joseph Stavitsky

      Yes, see, unfortunately you just proved you are illiterate. Jesus never (completely) repudiated mosaic law, and debate over whether or not he was a rabbi continues to this day. Therefore an equally valid interpretation would conclude that internal debate among the Jewish clergy, some of which was backed by the colonial government of Rome, resulted in the death of Jesus. On the other hand, there is no reason whatsoever to conflate the pharisees with all the Jews living in biblical palestine, and shaky evidence at best for conflating any residents of biblical Palestine with modern Jews. There is an equal amount of evidence for saying “The palestinians killed Jesus”, which is to say, not much.

      • Floyd Wilson

        There is no evidence of any of it, unless you include the fictional writings of the early catholic church,

  • Keith Charles Cannon

    Jews started the Christians as a terrorist group and as such saved the Jews. If it was not for the Christians, the Romans would have exterminated the Jews… as it was, Romans fed both Jews and Christians to the lions. To be certain, when Christians perform acts of violence or go to war, it is Jewish ideas they are following and not the words of Jesus . Jesus was a mamzer, as such he was an outcast from Jewish society but his father was Roman Emperor Tiberius, considered a god by Romans. This makes Jesus son of god, not YHWH, but the son of a god that could send the Roman Legion into Jerusalem and destroy the Temple of the Jews. This allowed Jesus to bust Jewish balls with impunity, remember Jews are the people who came up with the idea that gay men are to be killed, while homosex in bisexuality was common among Romans, all the Emperors up to Constantine except for handicapped and mentally challenged Claudius has had sex. Jesus had a relationship with the Jews through his mother, the ex wife of Herod, and used his connections to preach tolerance to a bunch of gay bashers and was successful at avoiding being stoned to death until Caligula took the throne. The Jesus was seen as a threat to Caligula’s power as heir to Tiberius. He was ordered to crucified for sedition, crucifixion was only used for acts againt the state. However, he had friends among the Romans in Judea, there is no way he could have had a meeting with Pilate if he was your average Jew bastard. Pilate had him ceremonially crucified and dead, all rights to the throne null and void… then they let him down and he Judea for Europe. Jews decided to use his strategy of appealing to the outcasts of society to form the Christians. Judas Iscariot leader of the zealots, killed the original followers of Jesus and changed his name to the Apostle Paul , made Christianity palatable to the goyim and then used it to infiltrate and subvert the power of Rome as well as getting everyone to follow the god of the Jews…. which is what the chosen people were chosen to do. Christians are actually the Jew’s best friend but Jews make the mistake of believing their own propaganda while being miserable ignorant of their own laws and tradition. However, their are orthodox Jews in Israel who are being oppressed by unorthodox Jews, they refuse to honor Holocaust Memorial day, instead having loud parties and harbeques in retaliation for socalled Jews who defile the sabbath and spray painting IF HITLER DIDN’T EXIST THE ZIONISTS WOULD BE FORCED TO INVENT HIM