Monday, February 26, 2007


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A Catholic school principal has organized sensitivity training for students who shouted "We love Jesus" during a basketball game against a school with Jewish students.

The word "Jew" also was painted on a gym wall behind the seats of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School students attending the Feb. 2 game at Norfolk Academy, said Dennis W. Price, principal of the Virginia Beach school.

Price, who also watched the game, said the rivals exchanged chants, "Then, at some point, our students were chanting, 'We love Jesus.'"

"It was obviously in reference to the Jewish population of Norfolk Academy; that's the only way you can take that," he added.

Price said he sent a letter of apology to Norfolk. Dennis G. Manning, the academy's headmaster, declined to comment....

Bishop Sullivan may be a Catholic school, but note that it's in Virginia Beach -- home of Pat Robertson's empire and the university he founded, and also home of the Christianist National Legal Foundation and a number of Baptist seminaries. I've never been there, but I'm guessing there's a certain my-God-can-beat-up-your-God attitude in the air. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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