"it's 'ridiculous' to say that Gibson holds anti-Semitic views."
"...to denounce Mel Gibson as an anti-Semite, just isn't fair. It isn't right."
"F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world... Are you a Jew?"
At the time, Lapin and Medved thought Passions (a vile snuff film which portrayed Jews as demonic god-killers) was a legitimate expression of Christian belief, likely to "propel vast numbers of unreligious Americans to embrace Christianity." They thought Mel was defending family values against secular nihilism. They thought his movie would usher in a new religious awakening.
They were wrong about all of that, and it looks like they were wrong about Mel, too. I wonder if Lapin, and Medved will publicly withdraw the loving support they gave to Mel in 2004. If they don't, they deserve to be ignored forever.