… Bill Donohue! Now, if you’re most people, you’d respond with the obvious, “who’s that?”, so I’ll take the liberty of filling you in. He’s the president of an organization called the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. If their past history, selective adherence to the First Amendment, and staunch opposition to the American Civil Liberties Union is any indicator, their goal is to make sure the religious – specifically, Christians – in this country have civil rights while everyone else can go screw themselves.
I also sincerely believe that I stand with the overwhelming majority of Christians on this one when I say that this guy is a paranoid loon. For example, back in 2005 he got his lederhosen in a knot when, after 13 years, he finally noticed that the Christmas cards sent out by the White House didn’t have the word Christmas in it. Instead, it had the more generic “holidays” in an attempt by the administration to acknowledge that there might be the occasional Jew, Muslim, or non-believer on the mailing list:
“The Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and… they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture,” fumed William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
In 2007 he ran screaming to Fox & Friends to complain about how Mike Huckabee was using sublininal crosses and Christian symbolism in his political ads. All I can think of is, “Mike who?”
The opening seconds of Hucakabee’s Christmas spot features the candidate seated in front of a window pane which appears to form the shape of the Christian cross. […]
Donahue, the president of the Catholic League and an ardent defender of Christmas in what he believes is a secular “war” against the holiday, told hosts of the Fox and Friends morning program that the ad had gone too far.
“The whole idea is to give the appearance of a cross,” he said, “and this is just injecting religion into politics even too far for guys like me.”
I honestly didn’t think such a thing could happen for a guy like you, Bill. Oh, and in his continued vigorous attempts to defend the Catholic Church against their decades-long, accountability-free spree of sexually abusing children, he tries to pin the acts on “homosexual” priests, not pedophiles, because some of the boys involved were over the age of 12.
Roberts: Bill is good but you cannot link homosexuality to a paedophilia crisis in the Catholic church.
Bill Donohue: It’s not a paedophilia … most of the victims were post-pubescent …
Roberts: You know …
Donohue: You’ve got to get your facts straight. I’m sorry. If I’m the only one that’s going to deal with facts tonight so be it. The vast majority of the victims are post-pubescent. That’s not paedophilia, buddy. That’s homosexuality.
Later, when he was pressed on the issue …
O’Connor: Sorry Larry, at what age does somebody become, you know, post-pubescent in America as a matter of ages?
King: What is the age?
Thomas: Ah… I don’t know. Let’s ask Bill. He seems to be the authority on post-pubescency.
Donohue: 12, 13 years of age.
12-13 years of age. Let that sink in. While your skin stops crawling, I will move on to the latest serving of crazy, transcript courtesy of ThinkProgress. Apparently, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to be the commencement speaker at Georgetown University. The justification on the part of the Jesuit school, to their great credit, was the following:
For its part, the Catholic Jesuit university framed the choice of Sebelius as one emphasizing her work for the “nation’s most vulnerable populations” through Affordable Care Act:
“Sebelius was sworn in as the 21st secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2009. Since taking office, she has led efforts to improve America’s health and enhance the delivery of human services to some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including young children, those with disabilities and the elderly. As part of the historic Affordable Care Act, she is implementing reforms she says have ended many of the insurance industry’s most discriminatory practices and will help 34 million uninsured Americans get health coverage. She is also working with doctors, nurses, hospital leaders, employers and patients to implement policies aimed at slowing the growth of health care costs.”
Emphasis mine. This Catholic former governor is working hard to make sure millions of people – the poor, sick, elderly, children, etc. – have access to affordable health care. So obviously, she’s welcome there, right?
Well, no. First you have the president of Princeton University going on some screed about how the liberals are all running the show at Georgetown, and that the right to keep women from accessing something that doesn’t cause abortions is somehow part of their inalienable rights as Christians.
“The left-liberals who run the show at Georgetown have found a way to signal to the world that the nation’s oldest Catholic, and most famous Jesuit, university stands with the Obama administration in its war (to use, if I recall correctly, Kathleen Sebelius’s own word) against the Catholic bishops and others who oppose the HHS mandate as a violation of religious freedom and the rights of conscience (you know, the enemies of women’s ’reproductive health’). By honoring Secretary Sebelius, they can help to undermine the bishops’ credibility and blunt the force of their witness as leaders of the Catholic church. I get it. It’s a bold and clever move. Although I find its substance appalling, I can’t help but admire its shrewdness.”
Stay classy, Bob. I think I see Sean Hannity’s hand stuck up your bottom like you were a Muppet.
And then you have Bill.
Remember, Georgetown has no neo-Nazi clubs or skinhead clubs on campus, nor should they. But they have two – two!! – pro-abortion clubs at Georgetown University. Now they’re bringing in Kathleen Sebelius. They wouldn’t bring in an anti-semite, nor should they. They wouldn’t bring in a racist, nor should they. But they’re bringing in a pro-abortion champion, and they shouldn’t.
Remember the rules: when in doubt, HITLER!!
I know people like him can’t seem to acknowledge the thick line between groups that advocate murdering a particular demographic based on their religion, and people who believe that their constitutionally protected right to carry out or terminate their pregnancies as they deem appropriate should be kept safe from misogynistic fundamentalists desperate for the days where men were men and women were property … but he should try. I know that to him, anyone who says anything that disagrees with the Catholic Church is some liberal bigot who is hell bent on starting a second holocaust to wipe out Christianity from the face of the earth, because nothing makes people like him happier than knowing … or at least thinking … he’s being persecuted for his beliefs. I swear, it’s like he’s convinced he’s going to unlock some achievements in his bible if he can get 50,000 people to tell him to get stuffed.
Anyway, he doesn’t have to agree with everything she does – thats okay, because he doesn’t even bother to acknowledge it. He doesn’t have to. She’s an advocate of contraception coverage, and regardless of the science that says otherwise, it means that she’s pro-abortion and none of her other work helping millions of other people afford health care is worth a damn. Not when there’s some political points to be scored, and the only important parts of the bible anymore are the parts condemning homosexuals and prohibiting abortions … wherever those might be.
So by all means, Bill … speak up! Let your voice be heard! Hopefully, the more people who hear what kind of deliberate ignorance and misogyny you belt out of your piehole on a regular basis, the more people will realize that they don’t have to buy into the archaic, oppressive way of life you’re peddling to still be good, decent people.