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CATHOLIC-BASHING EPISODE AT
FORDHAM-COLUMBIA FOOTBALL GAME

Fordham University's football team played at Columbia University on
September 21.  During the half-time show, Columbia's game announcer
shouted, "Fordham's tuition is going down like an altar boy."  The
crowd loved it.  [ed. note: it was actually the band script reader,
not the game announcer.]

Catholic League president William Donohue issued the following statement
on the episode today:

  "Columbia's president and athletic director should apologize to Fordham,
  and to area Catholics, without delay.  It is important to hear from
  Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger because he sets the
  tone for the entire school.  In 1997, when the band at Stanford
  University triggered an anti-Catholic incident at a Stanford-Notre Dame
  football game, an apology was quickly forthcoming from Stanford president
  Gerhard Casper; sanctions were also taken against the offending students.
  We await similar action on the part of Mr. Bollinger.  He is eminently
  qualified to do so: he is the author of The Tolerant Society:
  Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America.

  "The comment that was made at the Fordham-Columbia football game was
  disturbing, but the crowd's reaction was more so.  What this shows is
  that all the campus talk about multiculturalism, diversity, inclusion
  and tolerance means very little when applied to Catholics: indeed, it
  is politically correct to bash Catholics.  And not just at Bob Jones
  University."