Mourning In America

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Saturday, October 25, 2003
Huh? Tony Roberts, introducing today's Notre Dame-BC game on Westwood One radio had this to say:
This is the college football equivalent of a holy war: The Catholics versus the Jesuits

Now, I know the Jesuits aren't overwhelmingly popular in the Vatican these days, but did somebody call a schism and forget to tell me?

At some point, we need to get Roberts in a booth with Sterling and Steiner for a showdown among the least professional radio play-by-play men in the country, but I digress...

God's on Whose Side? Recently it seems, creation's most powerful film critic made his views known about Mel Gibson's controversial (some would say anti-Semitic) new film The Passion.

According to Variety (via the NY Post), Jim Cavaziel, who plays Christ in the movie, was struck by lightning during filming. Meanwhile, a producer was struck not once, but twice.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Deeper and Deeper Gen. William C. Boykin, the deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence whose comments to evangelical Christian groups around the country cast the war on terror as a war among religions, has apologized for calling Allah an "idol."

However, his apology isn't likely to end the flap. He repeats his assertion that the U.S. is a "Christian" nation, calling it "historically undeniable." I'm sure any number of fundamentalist imams will be glad to hear a U.S. general reaffirm their beliefs.