The Rev. Donald Wildmon and his American Family Association have become the latest troops to attack The Discovery Channel over its scheduled airing Sunday of The Lost Tomb of Jesus, executive produced by Titanic director James Cameron. The documentary claims that bone boxes discovered in a Jerusalem tomb bear the names of Jesus's family, including a son, Judah. Wildmon has called for a boycott of the channel and its advertisers. In a statement on Thursday, he declared, "It is time for Christians to send a message to The Discovery Channel and Hollywood that enough is enough! Don't stay silent while The Discovery Channel and Hollywood continually attack our faith and our values." Meanwhile, CNSNews.com, a unit of the conservative Media Research Center, quoted Israeli archaeologist Amos Kloner, who oversaw the excavation of the tombsite, as saying that the documentary "is not scholarly and not scientific. ... I don't accept the claim that this tomb was the burial place for the family of Jesus." Meanwhile, Discovery Channel said Thursday that Sunday night's telecast will be followed by a discussion of the film moderated by Ted Koppel that will include critics.




02/03/2007