LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Principle is the first-ever film devoted to examining and questioning a widely accepted scientific concept that has defined mankind's place in the cosmos: The Copernican Principle. However, members of the media have ignored the artistic merits of the film and its science-based arguments to instead voice baseless accusations of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial against its executive producer, Robert Sungenis.
What follows is a statement from Robert Sungenis addressing these slanderous allegations as well as a statement from writer/producer Rick DeLano.
Statement of Robert Sungenis regarding Anti-Semitism and accusations of Holocaust Denial:
"My career is that of a theologian. For over twenty years I have examined, questioned and critiqued every religion including Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, and even my own religion, Catholicism. But that makes me no more anti-Semitic than it makes me anti-Catholic. Unfortunately, some of my past comments have been taken out of their political or religious context and have been mistakenly or maliciously applied as some personal animus toward the Jewish people at large. Let me state this clearly, and, I hope, for the last time: I am not now, nor ever have been, nor ever could have been, anti-Semitic. I do not, nor have ever, denied the tragic and unforgettable occurrence of the Holocaust or its impact on the Jewish people.
The Principle deserves to be judged on its own technical and artistic merits and not be prejudiced by appeals to racial divides. To attempt to tarnish this beautiful film, which involved the efforts of many, many creative and gifted people, via character assassination is shameful journalism and unfair to those involved."
Statement of Rick DeLano:
"It seems as though there has been a willful intent to change the focus of the conversation about The Principle off of the film itself and instead to indulge in character assassination of Robert Sungenis by members of the media.
If Robert Sungenis were anti-Semitic, or a Holocaust denier, I would never have become his friend, much less his business partner. The mother of my sons is Jewish, and thus I would not have become associated with Robert for a minute, let alone the last eight years, if I had sensed from him even a hint of animus toward the Jewish people.
It saddens me that our film isn't getting an honest review, or an honest take in the broader media due to a misconception that has been dredged up again and again, yet has no substance. It saddens me that my friend can't seem to escape a label intended to discredit his decades of impressive scholarly work. Robert is not a Holocaust denier. Robert is not an anti-Semite. Now that we have stated our side of the story, I truly hope this is something that can now be laid to rest."
About "The Principle"
Featuring commentary from the leading minds in cosmology and physics, including George Ellis, Michio Kaku, Julian Barbour, Lawrence Krauss, and Max Tegmark, "The Principle," brings to light astonishing new scientific observations challenging the Copernican Principle. The film explores, from all sides, the question of Earth's station in the universe and whether it could, in fact, have a unique importance. Astonishing results from recent large-scale surveys of our visible Universe disclose surprising evidence of a preferred direction in the cosmos, a so-called "Axis of Evil", aligned with our supposedly insignificant Earth. http://www.theprinciplemovie.com
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