“I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse.”
This apology is fine and good, but I suppose justice requires that he face the legal consequences of his acts just like everyone else.
He does not deserve the lambasting from the liberal media and Hollywood secularists who are still angry about THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. MSNBC casually labeled the film antisemitic today, something he vehemently denied. I suppose anyone who found inspiration from the film will now be stamped a hater of Jews.
Mel made a slur about Jews while under the influence of alcohol. When the man is sober, he is a gentleman who counts Jews among his friends. The policeman, himself, is ready to excuse it; cops face and hear a lot worse.
The issue should be drunk driving and the danger it is for both the driver and others who could become quick victims. He was lucky that no one was hurt.
Gibson is a man of faith, but he also never claimed saintliness. He is a sinner as we all are. Justice must be served. But in terms of the man and faith, we must all witness to mercy.
One television critic blamed his beard, and I suppose sick bloggers could draw attention to it, as if one could be possessed by facial hair:
Hum…no it can’t be the beard, but it has to go, anyway!
All silliness aside, Mel needs our prayers. He is a fellow Catholic (albeit a traditionalist) and as a brother in faith he has a claim upon the family of faith. He gave us a great gift in THE PASSION, and while some of his movies have seriously questionable content and the man himself is plagued by personal demons, he belives in Christ, the absolution of the priest and the saving efficacy of the Mass.