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Alec Baldwin not so popular at church

Liz Braun, QMI Agency
Alec Baldwin. (Joseph Marzullo/WENN.COM)

Alec Baldwin. (Joseph Marzullo/WENN.COM)

Poor Alec Baldwin.

The poor 30 Rock star can't even get respect at church, where reports from New York say the actor has lately been snubbed for his Sunday readings.

The New York Post reports that parishioners at Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in East Hampton are so tired of Baldwin's readings that a group of them recently stood up and turned their backs on Baldwin as he stood at the pulpit.

There have been suggestions that those being rude are Republicans who object to Baldwin's more liberal ideas, but those would have to be Republicans who can't read, or they'd know better: 'Render unto Caesar,' and all that.

The weirdest part of this story is the fact that readings during the Catholic Mass come from the Bible, so it's not like Baldwin's been up there reciting his reviews from Rock of Ages. Anyone objecting to the actor's readings would have to have a beef with his delivery, enunciation, gestures or general gravitas, because it's not like he wrote these particular lines.

A wisely unnamed source tells Page Six of the Post, "Even though he has generously given a lot of money to the town, there are people who just don't like him. He has a need for attention and shows up at every event. When people go to the church, they don't want to see the movie star up there."

Gosh, people, if thine eye offend thee "¦

The pastor of Most Holy Trinity, the Reverend Monsignor Donald M. Hanson, could do without this controversy. The poor Monsignor is currently hoping for enough financial contributions from the faithful to make some repairs to Holy Trinity; the church needs to raise a million dollars over the next few years to get a new roof, better wiring and repairs to the chimneys.

A mil is chump change in the Hamptons, where the rich and famous take their holidays and, apparently, behave badly in church. Maybe some other good East Hampton Catholics -- like Martha Stewart, maybe, or P. Diddy -- can raise that money pronto.

As for those who don't like Alec Baldwin, maybe it's time to get devout Catholic Mel Gibson to do the readings at Most Holy Trinity. Just a thought.