Friday, September 08, 2006

From the "Ooh, Baby, Baby, It's a Wild World..." Desk

Dutch priest arrested for Madonna bomb threat hoax -- a foiled attempt to stop the mock "crucifixion":
Amsterdam prosecutors said Friday a 63-year-old priest has confessed to phoning in a fake bomb threat to a Madonna concert in the Dutch capital city last week....

Meulenbroek said it was likely prosecutors would seek a community service punishment for the priest, since it was very likely this was his first such offense.

The priest was arrested almost immediately after making the threat Sunday, since he used his home phone to make it, and he called an emergency services number where the call was automatically traced.

Well done; just the way to divert attention and keep the Material Girl out of the headlines.... It's comforting, however, to learn that the lack of Catholic strategy-savvy isn't limited to the US.

In other "Albums Christian Soldiers Can't Wait For" news, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens is about to release his first record since 1978:

A press release from Market Wire said Islam's Ya Records label had reached an agreement with Atlantic to distribute his new album in North America this November, officially marking the acclaimed singer's return to U.S. airwaves.

"I feel right about making music and singing about life in this fragile world again. It is important for me to be able to help bridge the cultural gaps others are sometimes frightened to cross." the 58-year-old singer said of his return.

Time to ride the Peace Train again....