People – A Catholic priest in New Jersey allegedly aimed an antique musket at an 8-year-old parishioner last month because the little boy was a Dallas Cowboys fan and the priest rooted for the New York Giants.
A press release from prosecutors in Bergen County, New Jersey, contends the incident occurred before mass on September 13, when the Rev. Kevin Carter — the 54-year-old pastor at St. Margaret of Cortona Catholic Church in Little Ferry — allegedly invited his accuser into the church’s rectory.
Carter allegedly singled the boy out for being a fan of the Dallas Cowboys …
According to prosecutors, the priest had the child stand against a wall and then retrieved his functioning Civil War-era rifle. Carter pointed the gun — which wasn’t loaded at the time – at the 8-year-old “with an indication that he would shoot him,” prosecutors said.
As much as I hate anyone who identifies as a New York Giants fan, I think we need to lighten up on Rev. Kevin Carter on this one. First of all, as stories go that include the phrase “allegedly invited his accuser in the church’s rectory” go, having one end with the kid staring down the barrel of a gun means this 8-year-old got off easy, relatively speaking.
Secondly, isn’t this what a good sports rivalry is supposed be all about? Two fan bases that hate each other so badly that putting a child on the business end of a Civil War musket is not off limits? It’s part of the fun of loving a particular team. After all, this is Cowboys-Giants. This isn’t Tennessee-Jacksonville we’re talking about. This rivalry is a blood feud that goes back generations. I’m sure there were 8-year-old Cowboys and Giants fans getting guns pointed at them back when Civil War weapons were the new big thing, and they survived, grew up and drew guns on someone else’s kid. It’s a circle of life kind of thing.
Believe me, if a fan of some Patriots rival pulled an antique roscoe on my son, I wouldn’t call the cops. I’d just be proud he stood his ground. Although I’ll never find out since the Patriots don’t have any rivals at this point. But if they did, I’d just accept it as part of what makes the life of a sports fan worth living. So go ahead, Father Carter. Do what your heart tells you. Have your fun. Point all the muskets at opposing fans you want. Just don’t ever bring up David Tyree or Mario Manningham around me. That would be cruel beyond belief.
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