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Every year on Good Friday or the Friday before Easter a dozen or so penitents – mostly men but with the occasional woman – are taken to a rice field in the barrio of San Pedro Cutud, 3km (2 miles) from the proper of City of San Fernando, Pampanga and nailed to a cross using two-inch (5 cm) stainless steel nails that have been soaked in alcohol to disinfect them. The decision began a firestorm of letters, calls and e-mails from angry parents and community members. "People who might not even find Tampa on a map were sending us e-mails that were hateful -- many of them anti-Muslim," Hegarty said.

Pages: 23

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 3, 1996)

ISBN: 0679877886

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