Well, I don’t like talking about Bill Donohue, but he does provide amusement when his can-do-no-wrong view of Catholicism is threatened, whether the threat is perceived or real. And it’s never real. His view is that the Church is above reproach and that any criticism, no matter how apt, is an act of oppression. Bullshit, Bill.
Speaking of Bill Donohue and bullshit (the two go hand-in-hand, like peanut butter and jelly…. Mmmmmm….), I am shocked that there is no obituary for Bill after the airing of the latest episode of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit, which took the Church head on and pulled no punches. Unfortunately for Bill, there’s nothing in it which can’t be backed up.
Here’s Bill’s latest press release (which the rest of the world will – correctly – ignore):
MASS MAILING OF PENN & TELLER SHOW
August 31, 2009
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the latest developments regarding the Catholic League response to Penn & Teller’s incredible episode on Showtime last Thursday:
I was happy to finger CBS this morning on “Fox and Friends” as the ultimate culprit: Penn & Teller’s Nazi-like assault on Catholicism that took place on August 27 will go down in history as one of the most vile, obscene programs ever aired in any nation. That CBS, which owns Showtime, allows this to go on is positively unbelievable.
We are now getting copies made for a mass mailing later this week. We will send a copy of this episode to 414 bishops, and to hundreds of influential Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Orthodox Christian, Muslim and Mormon religious leaders across the United States. We will also send a copy to hundreds of activists and members of the media. Then we will feature what Penn & Teller have done in the next edition of Catalyst, our monthly journal; that will reach a huge audience. Moreover, I am already scheduled to do several radio shows on what happened.
We want everyone to know about what CBS considers fair game. There is no way to undo the damage already done, but CBS/Showtime can still drop Penn & Teller. The ball is in their court.
Contact CBS rep Nancy Tellem at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Nazi-like assault on Catholicism’? You mean, they cremated Catholics? No? There’s not a single thing of substance in this release. Instead of meeting the arguments head on, Bill whines, exclaims, “Help! Help! I’m being repressed!” and tries their tried-and-true tactic (at least tried-and-true in the sense of utter failure) to apply pressure to get Penn and Teller removed from Showtime. Right, Bill. We don’t care. Does Bill think that the network didn’t know they were going to get heat over this? They LOVE it! Speaking of Nazis….
The problem is there are a lot of Catholics that agree with the criticisms raised in that episode of Bullshit. They even included Jon O’Brien, head of a Catholic organization which (to their credit) is openly critical of Bill Donohue: Catholics For Choice. The show included former Catholics involved in legal battles with the Church over cases of sexual abuse, criticized it’s stance on homosexuality and it’s attacks on those that exercise their right to free speech by openly criticizing its policies (comedian Sabina Guzzanti faced prosecution for “offending the honour of the sacred and inviolable person” of Benedict XVI), brought up the despicable (and formerly secret) document which instructed bishops to threaten victims of sexual abuse with excommunication for divulging such crimes (Crimen sollicitationis) and spoke to a former Vatican press secretary who gave a great analysis on why the Church acted so vilely to protect its image in light of the massive and undeniable cover-up of sexual abuse that has been going on for decades, not to mention the lies about the effectiveness of condoms in the fight against the spread of AIDS in Africa. What’s funny about the Guzzanti incident is that once the Church realized it had no case, and that it was in fact they who were violating her right to free speech, the came out and forgave her. Excuse me? They’ve got it backwards- she should be in the position of forgiving them!
All of what was in that show can backed up with documentation, and many who are critical of the episode ignore this. How does Bill respond? Like the whiny little idiot he is. I have not one shred of respect for him. Never did.
Shut up, Bill, until you can respond to criticism in a reasoned manner rather than with the infantile emotionalisms you always use. I urge everyone who watched the show to reply to the email address in the press release and congratulate them for their fine programming!
Great job, Penn & Teller!