Gorby Takes It Back

Oh, man, I was taken in. And by a report on something to do with religion in the British Press, of all things. I who should know better.

"Over the last few days some media have been disseminating fantasies – I can't use any other word – about my secret Catholicism, citing my visit to the Sacro Convento friary, where the remains of St. Francis of Assisi lie," Gorbachev said, according to an Interfax article posted Friday.

"To sum up and avoid any misunderstandings, let me say that I have been and remain an atheist,” he stated.

Then again, as Peter Robinson notes, he did stay on his knees for half an hour before the tomb of St. Francis. Which is an odd thing for an atheist to do.