December 19, 2007
Oh, Justin, Justin, Justin. My friend, I know that you’re too intelligent to be taken in by the likes of Bill Donohue. The same Bill Donohue who said “Yeah, I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but don”t become a salesman. Don”t hawk it like that on the street” has made his living at the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights by doing just that.
In fact, while making his comments about the Huckster’s ad yesterday, he also put out a press release entitled “Selective Indignation at Christmastime,” in which he is quoted as saying:
“It is simply wrong to maintain that the sensitivity police want to scrub society clean of all vestiges of religion. . . . Christianity is their real target. . . . In Israel there are menorahs aplenty. And in the Muslim nations, stars and crescents are displayed. So why is it that in a nation that is overwhelmingly Christian, manger scenes are banned but Jewish and Muslim symbols are not? There is something sick going on.”
Indeed. Donohue’s own “selective indignation” is slick, if not sick. Why is he attacking Huckabee? Because he, like Ron Paul (a candidate he is not supporting), believes in a strict separation of Church and state? Of course not.
If I had to guess, I’d put my money on this: Donohue’s going to support Romney. And just as he’s done since he took the Catholic League over from the late, sainted Fr. Virgil C. Blum, S.J. (who founded the League in 1973), Donohue will use the resources of the League during the primary and general election campaigns to do the bidding of the neocons who sit on his board. (Click on the link, and scroll down. It’s a splendid list, including Linda Chavez, Alan Keyes, Michael Novak, and George Weigel.)
If Romney’s campaign takes off, expect to see lots of press releases in which Donohue declares that it is wrong even to discuss Romney’s Mormonism. That’s a good use of the money that faithful Catholics send to the League, don’t you think?