Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bitch Ph.D. vs. Bill Donohue

Today I read a tremendously entertaining post over at the great blog Bitch Ph.D. It seems Bill Donohue has called for her removal as one of the official Democratic National Convention bloggers. Why? Well, here it is in his own words (link to the Catholic League post here):

“On the home page of Bitch Ph.D. there is a picture of two children: one of them is shown flashing his middle finger. Today’s lead post, which was written August 17, is called ‘Jesus Christ.’ It begins with, ‘I’m a really crappy Catholic who hasn’t been to mass in ages because most parishes around here ‘will’ insist on being aggressively anti-abortion….’

He has more complaints, but to me it sounds like a bunch of whining and intolerance. What could be more ridiculous than complaining about someone not liking balloon Jesus toys? But, the call for removal of certain bloggers from covering the DNC sounds awfully close to censorship to me. Trying to rally the troops, the fundamentalist Catholic troops in this case, to remove or boycott or censor, to me violates one of the foundation principals of America.

Glen Greenwald's interview of Donohue over at Salon.com brought out one interesting thing. He rejects McCain. Maybe he's not all bad after all.

Among the many groups which McCain's new associate has targeted for hateful bigotry are Catholics. As a result, The Catholic League today issued a statement -- entitled "McCain Embraces Bigot" -- which pointed out that Hagee:

has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church. For example, he likes calling it "The Great Whore," an "apostate church," the "anti-Christ," and a "false cult system."
The Catholic League demanded that McCain repudiate Hagee and his endorsement, just as Barack Obama did earlier this week with Louis Farrakhan (despite the fact that Obama, unlike McCain with Hagee, never sought out or accepted Farrakhan's endorsement).

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