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Don’t Strangle the Annointed

Good grief. I finally got my hands on a copy of The Passion of the Christ. (Without having to put any money in Mel Gibson’s pocket. It’s amazing what you can find on trade sites like Zunafish. Maybe I’ll peruse the Left Behind series the same way.) Now I find out the movie should come with a warning label: “May cause you to strangle your loved ones”

A HUSBAND almost throttled his wife during a heated theological argument triggered by a controversial Mel Gibson film, a court heard.

Michael Watson loosened his grip on the throat of his wife, Patricia, only when she appealed to his faith by gasping: “Do not touch God’s anointed.”

The court was told that the couple, both devout Christians, celebrated his birthday with dinner and a bottle of wine before sitting down to watch The Passion of the Christ.

Mrs Watson left the room, and her 44-year-old husband became so upset by the graphic depiction of the Crucifixion that he pulled the leads out of the television and went upstairs.

His wife then decided to watch the God Channel and went to ask him why the television was not working.

Yvonne Jobling, for the prosecution, said that an argument developed, and Watson accused his wife of being evil. He grabbed his wife by the throat and she fell to the floor. She said: “His grip was so tight she was unable to speak, but she then managed to say something of a religious nature which seemed to cause him to relax his grip.”

Theological argument? C’mon, it’s not like they were discussing transubstantiation vs. transignification or something.

Anyway, the only footage I’ve seen of the movie was a few clips featured in The God Who Wasn’t There. (Trailer available at Google Video.) So, I’m curious. But after reading the story above, perhaps I’d better watch it when then rest of the family is safely out of the house.