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The passion of the drunken anti-Semite, part 2: mea culpa

Mel Gibson didn’t mention who he might have offended when he went bonkers during his DUI arrest. This is his entire statement on the matter. Schadenfreude! (AP):

“After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the L.A. County sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person.

“I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said and I apologize to anyone who I have offended. [I guess he couldn’t find some way to address the “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” comment, or “sugar tits”?]

“Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry.

“I have battled the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse. I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health.”

Apologies for the folks out there who don’t like the Freeper Quotes; I had to dip back in to see the reaction to the non-specific apology.

Actual Freeper Quotes™

He’s ashamed that his true views came out for everyone to hear.

Sounds like a Democrat

While I like Mel Gibson as an actor, his drunken, aggressive conduct and hateful words as a 50 year old father of six and a role model for many are reprehensible. I’m reminded of the old Roman maxim, “Vin Veneto Veritas” — “with wine comes truth” (not literal truth, but what the inebriate really thinks when his tongue is loosened).

I see no apologies to the Jewish community.

Not very Christian. Boy, did I have him pegged.

At least it is a sincere apology. It’s still hard to accept — not so much the drunk driving part as the other. I don’t know what to think.

The same holds true of folks who use the protective distance and anonymity of their computers to speak their “minds” about others. Personally, I don’t know what Mel Gibson said when he was drunk, nor do I care. I know what he stands for in his life, and the faith and works of his life speak for themselves. When you find somebody who doesn’t have a flaw or who doesn’t sin, you’ve either found God or the person whom you think you are.

Has Kennedy apologized for his alcoholism? Gibson is human, just as we all are.

He deserves every bit of the contempt that will be heaped upon him over this. The man has six children, he endangered other people, said some horrible things about Jews, and is lucky he didn’t have his head taken off for what he said to, and about, the deputies.

Some will drink themselves to a stupor because of that, while others will shoot up a Jewish center.

I know what he stands for in his life, and the faith and works of his life speak for themselves. He apparently despises Jews. Perhaps you admire people like that. I don’t.

Gibson showed his true colors last night during his arrest. I argued with you about THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and his portrayal of Jews. I stood up for Gibson to you and a number of my Jewish friends. Now, I’m sorry I did.

Love Mel for what he is.

And what exactly is he? He’s a movie-maker who hates Jews.

OK, he said all this wacky stuff on only 0.12 % alcohol level? That isn’t “crazy drunk”. That’s just crazy. Mel has built up a lot of infrastructure around his religious views. If he seriously wants to solve what’s going on in his mind, there is going to be a lot of fallout to those around him.

I’m going to give him a break here for one reason: there are things that I have done and said that I am deeply ashamed about, and reflecting and meditating on that flawed behavior has changed me as a man. Maybe he is a screaming Jew hater. He can change. One thing that Christianity has taught me is that all have sinned and all can be forgiven. Another lesson I’ve learned is that people are transcendent beings. We are not stuck on autopilot like God’s lesser creatures. In fact, some of things that I am deeply ashamed about are contained somewhere in documents that are now sealed, so I know what it is like to have your shameful behavior posted in public for all to see. I know how small and stupid I felt; for a star like Mel Gibson, that public display must be extraordinarily humilating. I hope Mel uses this incident to become a better man.

Lots of denial going on here. It’s difficult when your hero falls so far.

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