Madonna on the cross

A quick update: I posted something a couple weeks back about Madonna’s television concert that’s set to air on Nov. 22 on NBC. Madonna has been “crucifying” herself during her world tour and several Christian groups did not want to see this part of her act on national TV.

Well, a few days ago, Madonna’s spokeswoman told Reuters that NBC decided against showing the mock crucifixion — she sings suspended from a giant mirrored cross, wearing a crown of thorns — and that the singer had relucantly given in.

Madonna’s still going to do the bit, but the TV cameras will look elsewhere until she’s done.

Still, Bill Donohue, the president of the “Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,”: isn’t quite satisfied. “NBC did the right thing, but the fact that it did not say why the offensive part of Madonna’s concert was cut shows cowardice,” he said.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.