Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fail Quote: Donohue continues his “child molesters are gays” schtick

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Catholic League President Bill Donohue
Bill Donohue

From Bill Donohue, still sticking to his perverted version of reality wherein child-molesting priests are really just unruly gays:

There is a story about an abusive Jesuit priest in today's New York Times. The headline reads, "Suit Says Jesuits Ignored Decades of Warnings About Priest." There is a large picture of Father Daniel McGuire with his hand on the back of a young boy on the day of his First Communion. The caption below says that the priest "was later convicted of sexual abuse."

The inference is that McGuire was a pedophile. But as the reader quickly learns, all of McGuire's victims were teenage boys. Thus did the Times play politics with this picture—they made it look like he abused prepubescent boys. No, like most molesting priests, McGuire did not want the kids—he wanted adolescent young men. He was a homosexual.

Now, I have no knowledge (or particular interest) in this specific case, which is just one of more than can be crammed into the gaping void that is the Catholic Church’s moral center. I haven’t seen the photo-in-question, and from what we’ve previously seen, Donohue’s descriptions can oftentimes be qualified as “biased” at best.

But, none of that changes the fact that it takes a singularly bigoted and hateful mind to produce the transparently ignorant claim that “molesting priests” who prey on teenage boys in their charge are “homosexual[s]”. As if child molesters made a distinction between boys who are six or sixteen. As if anyone who sexually abused a teenager wasn’t inherently, logically, a child molester. And as if homosexuality, being the mere sexual attraction towards others of the same gender that in absolutely no way affects one’s moral compass or inhibitions, had any damned thing whatsoever to do with determining whether a sane adult would choose to rape children (and teens).

Isn’t it fun how religiosity rots hearts and minds?

(Note: At the time of posting this, the news release-in-question – the email of which I’ve linked to, above – hasn’t been posted on the Catholic League website. Could it be that someone over there had a change of heart?)