P.O.D. fans-"warriors," as they're affectionately called-are a bit dumbstruck. The multi-platinum temple of rap-rock has excommunicated a primary apostle. Songwriter-guitarist Marcos Curiel has been fired. The details are murky, but Curiel told CityBeat weeks ago that A) P.O.D. wants to play Billy Graham festivals, and Curiel has always wanted to keep religion and rock separate, B) none of his former "homeys" in P.O.D. bothered to call him personally about the firing, C) the other members of P.O.D. display one face to their fans and another face backstage, D) the immediate hiring of a replacement guitarist suggests pre-meditation, and E) the other members are silencing fans who stick up for Curiel on the band's chat boards. That's the last we'll say about this mess. We now look to the future (itself a cause for the split): The Accident Experiment. Curiel has joined Sprung Monkey's rhythm section for a new rock band.