Mel, who self-financed the movie "The Passion of the Christ," has, one suspects, submarined his links with Christians worldwide. He nearly certainly will get a cooler reception from American evangelicals should he ever produce a sequel to that blockbuster.
Words do matter. And those words, from the mouth of the director of a movie already held in suspicion regarding anti-semitic content, will damage his reputation severely as both a Christian and as an artist.
And frankly, that's as it should be.
Mel Gibson's statement regarding his arrest Friday on suspicion of DUI:
After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed.
I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the LA County Sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person.
I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said, and I apologize to anyone who I have offended.
Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself.
I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry.
I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse. I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health.