I also forgot to mention that I agree with some of the posts here, which said that lots of people, of all races and religions were persecuted in the past and still are.
We humans have some type of 'evil' streak inside us, which makes us persecute others sometimes.
So yes...many others died and suffered for the name of goodness. Or died and suffered because of prejudice or racism.
The past, should teach us lessons. But we never learn, and continue to be prejudice and racist.
A movie like the Passion, shows how our world does have evil and good. But evil and good is NOT of a specific race or religion. It is inside people, of any race and religion.
In this movie, it shows evil in the form of a group of people, but also shows that that same group of people also have good. Jesus was Jewish, so were his followers and others who didn't want Jesus to die, but were not his followers either, and there were some of those who persecuted him...but some good were also Roman, and some Romans were also evil.
Judas was Jesus' follower, but betryed him. So, right there, it shows that it is NOT a specific type of person, it could be anyone.
Our duty is to see that racism and prejudice does not happen.
In the movie, it shows the truth. Jesus and His followers wanted good to prevail in the world. But as there is good, there is also evil to try to combat the good. Our world is made of opposites and contrasts. And evil and good is one of them.
It's a constant battle in the world and within ourselves.
What is good? What is bad?
That is up to each one to define.
To me, any destruction of the human race or of any life form, would be bad.
So racism and prejudice would be bad.
To blame a certain race or religion for the persecution of people is wrong...in my opinon.
There are good and bad in all races and religions. And there are fantatics also who make the religions look bad.
The passion is a true story, it happened in History, and maybe even happened more brutally than the movie shows.
The fact that Jesus was good, did good, taught goodness, already shows us that we should not blame anyone for this. We are 'all' to blame for all of the deaths of good people.
The simple fact that it is also happening today, and we don't do anything to try to make a difference, shows us how much we are to blame.
To fight for justice, peace and goodness is an obligation of us all...it's not a choice.
We cannot complain about things that happen around us, if we didn't at least try to make a difference. It will continue to happen, if we leave it up to others.
The passion shows us this. Jesus died for us. Whether people have a belief or not, that is why Jesus accepted this destiny of suffering.
So to give oneself for others, to save others, and to make a difference is the message which The Passion shows. And reality is that people will always try to stop the good actions of others. The heros end up dying, but not in vain.
It's up to us, to win the battle within ourselves first, and then try to make a difference in the battle of the world of evil vs good.
And we look back at all of the heroes, the prophets, the good people who died in the name of justice and goodness. And we should take their courage as an example of how we can make a difference.
But we all need to care first. And not wait until it comes knocking at our doors...because it will, eventually. And when it does, it might be too late.