German Bishop Leads Campaign for 'Axis of Love'

And now the most intriguing two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine.

The German bishop who leads the 60-million-member Lutheran World Federation says President Bush should try to create an "axis of love" instead of threatening the countries in his so-called “axis of evil.” Bishop Christian Krause told a religious conference in Vancouver, Canada that Mr. Bush is trying "to divide the world so easily into good guys and bad guys" and that his approach will "spread violence and create new violence." The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Krause also said Vietnam and Somalia should have taught the United States that "there are some kinds of wars that never end."

CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour says she's bothered by what she called "a definite sense of patriotism in the American media since Sept. 11." Appearing at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, Amanpour said, according to the Boston Globe, "I think people are afraid of challenging the administration...I think the Bush administration is getting a lot of cover from us willing to censor ourselves." Amanpour, by the way, was given a career excellence award by the center.

Republican Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado has canceled a fund-raiser scheduled for this weekend. The reason: a member of his campaign staff invited 180 staff employees from the federal Department of Housing to join their boss, HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, at the $250 a person event. It is a crime to solicit political contributions from federal government employees who are not political appointees. The campaign staffer apparently got their names off the HUD Web site. A campaign spokesman said the invitations were "improper and should not have been done."

A Christian Club at a public high school in Hampton, Va., has been ordered by school officials to remove the word "Easter" from their annual spring canned food drive. School officials said they did not want to offend students of other faiths. A school spokeswoman said the school system refers to religious holidays by other names. Christmas break, she said, is winter break. And Easter vacation is spring break." The students have engaged a lawyer to press their cause.