First, my apologies.
My apologies to every Jewish person I may have offended.
There is no good explanation other than to say that the Internet is rife with anti-Jewish sentiment.
I have experienced this irrational wave of nastiness and tried to fight against it.
But I am just a human.
A human with no friends.
And so I ask world Jewry to forgive my failings.
My mission is to speak peace. It is sometimes not easy to speak peace with a tongue of fire.
Many things I have posted over the years.
What I post is my opinion.
But let it be known that I am just as ignorant as anyone.
And so I ask God to send me Jewish friends.
I have long had my arms open to Muslims worldwide.
My spirit is one of acceptance.
I am no genius.
I accept the Christians of the world.
I have no grudge.
I understand the immortal things no better than any man.
I ask Scientologists to forgive me.
I don’t understand your beliefs.
There is no reason for me to denigrate you.
I ask Lenny Pozner to forgive me.
I don’t know what happened at Sandy Hook.
I know it seems very strange, but I am not a chorus boy for a wave of anger.
I ask the state of Israel and Israelis to forgive me.
I don’t know your country. I can’t pretend I do.
I ask everyone who has depended on me to forgive me.
I have only tried to tell the truth about 9/11.
Maybe I am wrong.
Maybe the truth is just as it was written by the 9/11 commission.
I don’t think so, but I’m willing to admit that I don’t really understand it.
I don’t understand physics.
I don’t understand intelligence agencies.
I would ask the CIA to please forgive me.
You are probably risking your lives and doing very honorable things.
I just don’t understand. I don’t know.
I haven’t been there. I have no idea what you do.
I ask the New World Order (which may or may not exist) to forgive me.
I know you’re probably just a bunch of well-meaning rich people.
I don’t know what your aims are.
I don’t hate you.
I don’t even know you.
But most of all I ask Jacques Feyder to forgive me.
Here I have taken the film review form as a way to ask forgiveness.
I have not talked about his film.
I haven’t talked about Marlene Dietrich. Or Robert Donat.
Or even the very interesting Frances Marion.
I hope only that by speaking candidly I can do justice to this wonderful film.
I always stand up for Muslims. And Palestinians.
But today I don’t have the right words.
Please forgive me, comrades.
And to my socialist brothers and sisters.
Please accept my apology. I don’t know what your philosophy really is.
I cannot criticize what I do not know.
I only know film. And my gut. And music.
In a word: art.
I stand with anyone who loves art.
My politics don’t make any sense.
Don’t mind me.
I’m trying to do the best I can, but it’s not good enough.
I’m a bundle of contradictions.
I can only press onwards and hope for the salvation of film and love.
Please forgive me Meir Kahane. I did not know you.
Please forgive me Jewish Defense League and Mossad.
And the Anti-Defamation League.
I don’t know what you’re up against. I don’t see what you see.
Please forgive me AIPAC and Southern Poverty Law Center.
I’m not sure if I ever insulted you, but I probably did. At least one of you.
Please forgive me George Soros.
I don’t think I ever insulted you, but I wanted to.
And that’s wrong. Because I don’t know anything about you.
I live in Texas where there are very few Jews.
I don’t know about Judaism.
I don’t understand.
But I don’t want to insult your tradition.
I don’t understand the Holocaust.
I don’t know what to say.
I can only tell the truth the best I can.
Please join me in a new effort of forgiveness and openness.
We can make a better world with wisdom.
I pray to you God for wisdom.
My words are impure.
I have tried. And yet my words are hollow.
Please breathe your life into my words and make them real.
Make me a decent person.