The so-called head of the so-called Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights speaks for very few. He may claim 350,000 members, but there are at least 75 million Catholics in the United States; do the math. If it wasn’t for the internet and Faux News, he’d have nobody…except maybe his priest and his bishop.

BTW, the League is tax-exempt. Maybe the IRS or Congress (if the Bush IRS won’t) should look into them. ‘Cause he sure does alot of politicking for a tax-exempt, supposedly-religious organization! He promotes Republicans, degrades Democrats, Socialists, Jews, “liberals,” Gays, promotes unprotected sex – What does any of this have to do with “defending individual Catholics and the institutional Catholic Church”???

Of course, if you disagree with the Pope or Bill, you’re “an anti-Catholic”…even if you’re Catholic!!!

First he had to go after Mara Vanderslice, who I happen to know is very nice, a good person, religiously devout, helping candidates and nonprofits envision and work for the Common Good as still professed by some religious and political traditions in this country, meeting many religious communities’ needs in ways Repugs apparently don’t. I won’t link to his scummy words, but he had a problem with Mara having not been ‘religious’ all her young life…going to Earlham College (Trust me, Bill, it’s not run by the flaming liberal, pacifist kind of Quakers you’re thinking of, but rather these folks!!!)…having belonged to a “socialist” student group way back in college…having given a talk to an organization that did something Bill didn’t like when she was FOURTEEN!!!…for once or twice allegedly practicing civil disobedience in defense of the world’s poor and the environment (which we now know is burning to a cinder!). And as a result, Bill hobbled de jure President Kerry and Vice-President Edwards’ outreach to just the religious groups who are now so welcoming to Mara – groups Bill probably doesn’t approve of!

(The thing is, as Mara hints in her Earlham interview, because the so-called Religious Right has monopolized religious public language in this country since killing-off Rev. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, center-left candidates and groups who definitely have and hold religious and moral values which happen to align with some in the center-left whose values aren’t believed by them to be religious and moral – but are right there in the Bible and Holy Tradition and the Canons of the Church! – those candidates and groups literally don’t know how to talk about their faith and moral beliefs without risking sounding like they’re merely parrotting the RR to get “values voters” [the No. 2 lie that came out of the ’04 election!]. Scandalously, the RR has succeeded in cutting-off at the knees any public religious faith in this country that isn’t theirs, i.e., conservative evangelical Protestantism or the Catholics, Jews, and Orthodox Christians they’ve deceived/seduced into bed with them. That’s one reason why I bring in religion here from time to time – without, I hope, beating readers up with it like they do!!! The fact is, most Catholics in the First World [at least] are happily left-of-center; in fact, for American Catholics, frequent church attendance generally correlates with “liberalism,” social tolerance, compassion, voting Democratic, etc., whereas for most U.S. Catholics, “conservatism” correlates with infrequent church attendance! One other thing here: I’d worry that this radical religious disempowerment by the RR of the rest of us might risk the personal faith of religious liberals – As much as they claim to care about your soul, you can go to hell if you disagree with them on anything, seems to be their perspective. Well, sure, look at all their 30,000 denominations, a new one every day! That’s productive!)

Anyway, now Donohue screams about a couple of women bloggers Edwards’ new presidential campaign hires to try to tap the internet’s potential – not because of anything they’ve said on Edwards’ behalf, but things they’ve written online long ago. Well, Billy-boy, guess what, we “liberals” have our loose cannons, too, just like you! BTAIM, often blogging isn’t so much the rough draft of history, as the brainstorm before the rough draft. But apparently, as we said when we were kids, you can dish it out but you can’t take it. Frankly, you should be ashamed about alot of the things you’ve said down through the years…pretty much every time you open your big fat mouth! The fact that you’re not poses questions about your claims to religiosity. (As for me, I am the worst of sinners.) Don’t you have anything more important to do than spy on uppity women and their pasts? You’d prefer ’em barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, wouldn’t you.

To coin a phrase, William Donohue, have you no sense of decency?