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Catholic League's Bill Donohue To DNC: Pull Towleroad Credentials

Today, The Catholic League's Bill Donohue, the mouthpiece of a right wing religious group who spends most of his time using his office to attack free speech, progressives, and gays, took it upon himself to call out the DNC for the diverse range of media it has chosen to credential at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

DonohueDonohue called on the Convention CEO Leah Daughtry to "nix" Towleroad and feminist blog Bitch Ph.D.'s media credentials at next week's convention. According to Donohue, we are the "most offensive" of the more than 120 blogs offered credentials.

Just today, Daughtry touted this year's delegation as the most diverse Convention in Party History in a press release: "Opening the door of the political process to people who have never taken part in the past has been the bedrock of our planning for this Convention since we arrived in Denver one year’s only fitting that our delegates represent that same core value and Barack Obama’s unparalleled ability to bring more new people in to the electoral process than ever before."

Bill Donohue's Catholic League, unfortunately, is a right wing radical religious group masked as an advocate with no business meddling in the machinations of U.S. politics. Most Americans believe that the separation of church and state makes America strong.

Once again using the shameful tactic long used by right wing groups to link LGBT subject matter solely with sex, Donohue states: "Towleroad describes itself as 'A Site with Homosexual Tendencies.' Accordingly, it shows men in jock straps and underwear. It also has a post on Pope Benedict XVI that takes him to task for wearing a cape with ermine. Some of those who commented on this described the pope in a vile and profane way."

Our recent reference to the Pope pointed out the hypocrisy of the Catholic leader's wearing of fur, something that hasn't been done since the 60's.

In contrast, the Pope has deemed homosexuality an "intrinsic moral evil" and as recently as New Year's Day ranked same-sex marriage with nuclear arms proliferation, environmental pollution, economic inequality, abortion, and birth control as threats to world peace.

Yet we would never suggest that Catholics not be able to attend the Convention.

If Donohue is so focused on sex, his time would be better focused on healing the epidemic of sexual abuse against children by clergy in the Catholic church, and considering the facts on the use of condoms, which the Church has said have no effect on the prevention of AIDS, rather than attempting to influence American politics by limiting the Democratic ideals of free speech, inclusion and tolerance.

For some background on Donohue, check out this post at Media Matters.

Thanks to Pam's House Blend, Good as You, Joe.MyGod, Queerty, The Carpetbagger Report and others for your support.

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  1. Why is Billy Donaghue even reading Towleroad? No straight man I have ever met obsesses about The Gays. In my opinion, the only "straight" men who do are closet cases.

    Posted by: homer | Aug 18, 2008 7:00:20 PM

  2. In all honesty, I've never read ANYTHING disparaging of the pope or the catholic church on Towleroad.

    Notwithstanding the comments, of course. But by that measure you'd strip the credentials of the NY Times and Wall Street Journal as well.

    This man (whose league includes just himself, I think) has got his head firmly lodged in his ass.

    Posted by: RDM | Aug 18, 2008 7:04:34 PM

  3. OMG, this is awesome! I'm the one who called the Pope a kid fucker (thank you, Kathy Griffin) and Bill Donohue noticed! How exciting.

    Hi Bill, you sexy beast!

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 18, 2008 7:07:51 PM

  4. Congratulations Towleroad! It's a badge of honor to piss off the Catholic League!

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 18, 2008 7:10:22 PM

  5. My guess would be, Andy, most everyone reading your blog supports you. I think it's great that you're going to the Democratic National Convention. Hmmm. Didn't you get invited to the Republican one as well? Guess not!

    Posted by: TomJ | Aug 18, 2008 7:10:52 PM

  6. Congratulations Towleroad! It's a badge of honor to piss off the Catholic League!

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 18, 2008 7:11:20 PM

  7. Bill Donohue is nothing more than a self-appointed gasbag who speaks only for a very small minority of hateful Catholics. The South Park depiction got it just about right. Why the media continue to give this cretin and credence is beyond me. Ignore him. He's nothing more than a foul odor in the air.

    Posted by: Goober Peas | Aug 18, 2008 7:13:19 PM

  8. This guy is a cum whore closeted case...I don't go spy on religious sites to see what the Nazi-Religious-Right are saying about us...5t's hard to get mad at these guys, when it is the people who put them in power. I guess america loves havign their children sexually abused and their women judged by their personal choices...sad sad sad

    Posted by: Bosie | Aug 18, 2008 7:13:49 PM

  9. You take your homosexual tendencies to the DNC !!!

    Screw Donahue.

    He's an ass and really great at letting us all know it.

    Posted by: ryan charisma | Aug 18, 2008 7:19:43 PM

  10. Well, you know you've arrived when you have enemies.

    I'm sure in the future you'll have cooler enemies though. This guy seems kind of lame.

    Posted by: Distingué Traces | Aug 18, 2008 7:23:15 PM

  11. Wait, I don't see any men in jockstraps. Perhaps this situation could be rectified in the interest of accuracy?

    Posted by: John M | Aug 18, 2008 7:26:23 PM

  12. Since Donohue OBVIOUSLY reads this, here's a message to him: Mind your own church's dealings on sex (ref. sex scandals wherever we turn) and leave us out of it. Homosexuality is not ONLY about sex, as you well know (but would never be brave enough to say out loud), and TowleRoad is a VERY diverse blog, most of the time dealing with subjects OTHER than sex, and supplies general interest news targeted to the gay community.

    However, unlike all the pious self-righteous ones out there who think sex should not/does not have a place in normal people's everyday life, we DO talk about it here as well, because it is a healthy part of the human expression.

    So, Mr Donohue, you can take your bigoted views and shove them! You are free to be Catholic and should be man enough to allow us to be who we are, gay, without your incessant judgement against us! We need no approval from you, but WILL fight back when attacked. The separation of Church and State exists to stop people like you forcing your religious views on others.

    I hope that when we inaugurate President Obama, he returns us to healthy enforcement of that intrinsically American, (and Constitutional, may I add) way of life.

    Posted by: CK | Aug 18, 2008 7:28:16 PM

  13. didn't kathy griffin point out that catholic league=1 guy with a computer...

    Posted by: the queen | Aug 18, 2008 7:29:40 PM

  14. Donohue is an #1A-hole no doubt.
    And Andy deserves to go to the coronation he has, for a LONG time, been carrying the torch for Obama why shouldn't he be compensated for his unbiased support on his blog.
    (Sorry Andy it's true)

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Aug 18, 2008 7:30:05 PM

  15. "Wait, I don't see any men in jockstraps. Perhaps this situation could be rectified in the interest of accuracy?"

    How 'bout a picture of the Pope in a jockstrap? That would be hawt!

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 18, 2008 7:34:40 PM

  16. Its funny how 'homosexual tendencies' is implied to be a bad thing!!! Of course I wonder if the Cuntolick League ever made a statement about the pedophile clique that are the 'shepherds of their flock?'

    Sorry for the language, but these bigoted idiots really piss me off! These fuckers need to lay off of our rights, and we'll lay off of theirs. Otherwise, we need to fight to criminalize Catholicism or something ludicrous like that. Idiots. They debase God's name in their stupidity (and she's pissed!).

    Posted by: echovic | Aug 18, 2008 7:35:48 PM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 18, 2008 7:38:07 PM

  18. one more thing - since I'm bitching out here - why are they always so ugly? If God liked Mr Don't Know Who so much, wouldn't she make him at least a bit more attractive?

    And the 'twilight of liberty' book in the picture? He is reading out of that book to take away our liberties then? Asshole!

    I'd love to see a gay vigil outside this idiot's house - or a million fag march to denounce bigotry!

    Posted by: echovic | Aug 18, 2008 7:48:07 PM

  19. Well, you can always call Bill's cell phone
    917-838-1051. When you call the CL's office they give out "Dr.Donahue's" cell.

    Posted by: Greg | Aug 18, 2008 7:48:17 PM

  20. Look at this in a positive way. At least for a few moments he stopped obsessing over frak'n crackers.

    Posted by: yoshi | Aug 18, 2008 7:48:21 PM

  21. Hey, here's a picture I found of a man wearing a jockstrap...

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 18, 2008 7:48:36 PM

  22. Let me add my congratulations to those of the other posters. Keep up the good work!

    Posted by: JT | Aug 18, 2008 7:49:25 PM

  23. LOL, Crispy!

    Posted by: echovic | Aug 18, 2008 7:53:31 PM

  24. But we did say vile and profane things about the pope. And he deserved every expletive!

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 18, 2008 7:57:05 PM

  25. From Daughtry's rant: "Neither functions as a responsible media outlet..."

    Sorry, Daughtry. You're way off base on that one. I get more up to date news here than anywhere else.

    Keep up the good work, Andy!!

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 18, 2008 7:57:37 PM

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