Antichrist in the news

Someone asked me the other day if a new movie called Antichrist has something to do with the antichrist?

Does the film have religious overtones?

No, it doesn’t. It’s the latest work from a controversial, cutting-edge-type move-maker named Lars von Trier.

From what I’ve read, the film sounds pretty grim. It’s about chaos and sorrow — and there’s a talking fox.

But no antichrist.

collinsAt the same time, though, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver has been called the antichrist — as in the antichrist.

Erie County (think Buffalo) Executive Chris Collins (that’s him) compared Silver, an Orthodox Jew, to the antichrist at a GOP dinner on Saturday.

From a description I read, it sounded like a joke. Maybe not a funny one.

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.