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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

One of my friends just got a job as a writer's assistant on a network sitcom. (In the interests of saving the individual's job, we won't say which one.) An upcoming storyline requires that a recurring character cease and desist his long-standing affair with one of the series regulars. Gathered in the writers' room, the assembled writers brooded over possible explanations for the recurring character giving up sex.

"Hey," said one bright soul, "Maybe he gets religion! How about if he becomes a Christian?!"

Eureka! The other writers were taken with the idea. But then, they realized they had a real problem.

My friend sat in wonderment for the next half hour as the assembled staff writers sat around, scratching their heads and frantically trying to come up with a plausible reason why any sane person would become a Christian.

Such a puzzlement.