A foreign affiliate of the Fox television network apologized this week after it published a poll on Facebook asking whether users felt like Jews were responsible for killing the biblical deity character Jesus Christ.
The poll was published by Fox Latin America, based in Argentina, according to The Associated Press. It was attached to a post promoting the National Geographic Channel’s annual Christmas special.
Other poll answers included “Pontius Pilate” and “High Priests.”
A local Jewish group insisted the poll was a reference to Vatican propaganda against Jews, which the church has long since turned away from.
The current Pope, Benedict XVI, has similarly insisted that in the story, Jews were not responsible for the killing, saying that the ages-old tale of torture and death was instead pre-determined by the deity’s father as a way to forgive humans for their transgressions, not to saddle them with more.
The Fox poll was taken off Facebook almost as quickly as it went up. A network spokesman apologized and vowed that it wouldn’t happen again.
It was not clear which poll answer Fox viewers favored.
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