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Anti-Gay Catholic Blowhard Bill Donohue: Marriage is 'Not About Love': VIDEO

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Catholic League President Bill Donohue talks to Current TV's Jon Fugelsang about marriage equality:

"This idea of two men getting married is the most bizarre idea in human history...Christians have an obligation, particularly Catholics to follow natural law. The whole purpose of marriage is to have a family. It's not about making people happy. It's not about love."

After Donohue cites Leviticus, Fugelsang asks if he follows it: "What do you mean follow Leviticus? Do I sleep with a man? No I don't. I never have. I have no interest in doing so."

Also on the table: Bill Maher and the priest sex abuse scandal.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via jmg)

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Glenn Beck Presents a Work of Art, 'Obama in Pee Pee': VIDEO

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Glenn Beck tried to emulate Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ" yesterday by doing the same thing with an Obama bobblehead. "Piss Christ", as you know, has been the target of right-wing outrage for years because it was created with $15,000 grant, partly from the NEA.

DonohueNote to Glenn Beck: Your fellow wingnut Bill Donohue at the Catholic League tried this stunt two months ago with a different Obama doll, a jar, and some poop. He wants his act back.

Watch Glenn Beck's highly unoriginal expression, AFTER THE JUMP...

Beck is selling his work for $25,000. He says it's not in reaction to "Piss Christ" however, but to a painting of Obama crucified, at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery:

Now, the creator of “Truth,” Michael D’Antuono, said that his “First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings” and that “we should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves.”

After receiving roughly 4,000 angry emails over the painting, D’Antuono also said he respects “their right to express themselves” and hopes they will afford him the same.

Watch Glenn Beck's highly unoriginal expression, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan to Bless Democratic Convention, One Week After Doing Same for GOP

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, an outspoken opponent of equality, will deliver the closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention one week after doing the same for the GOP, RNS reports:

DolanrncThe Obama campaign also revealed Tuesday (Aug. 28) that Sister Simone Campbell, the popular face of the recent “Nuns on the Bus” tour for social justice, will be addressing the Democrats in Charlotte, N.C., the night before Dolan’s appearance.

That is kind of a Catholic “two-fer” that threatens to upstage GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s Catholic outreach and highlights the importance of this swing vote in a deadlocked race.

The Catholic League's Bill Donohue clucks:

Over the past week, Cardinal Dolan has been hammered by liberals for accepting an invitation to give benediction at the Republican National Convention (RNC). Now that he will close both conventions, they look even more foolish...

...The fundamental difference between Cardinal Dolan and these critics comes down to one thing: he is a man of principle and they don’t know how to spell the word. He invited President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner, knowing he would receive flak from some on the right. Then he agreed to speak at the RNC, knowing he would be blasted by some on the left. Now he has accepted an invitation to speak at the DNC and none of his critics—on both the left and the right—can figure him out.

What this shows is that Cardinal Dolan is able to rise above the politics of the moment. But to those who view the world exclusively through the lens of power, this is completely unintelligible.


John Jay Study Finds No Link Between Homosexuality and Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests

A new John Jay College of Criminal Justice study, called “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010,” finds no connection between homosexuality and Catholic priest abuse of minors, debunking a major talking point of Catholic Church defenders like Bill Donohue.

Says the study: Johnjay

[T]he researchers found no statistical evidence that gay priests were more likely than straight priests to abuse minors—a finding that undermines a favorite talking point of many conservative Catholics. The disproportionate number of adolescent male victims was about opportunity, not preference or pathology, the report states.

What’s more, researchers note that the rise in the number of gay priests from the late 1970s onward actually corresponded with “a decreased incidence of abuse—not an increased incidence of abuse.”

So what were the reasons?

...emotionally immature and psychologically maladjusted men entering seminaries; the difficulty of dealing with cultural upheaval in which priests found themselves in the 1960s and 1970s; as well as, again, the issue of proximity--young men and boys were abused because priests were more likely to be working with them, rather than with young women and girls.  But simply put, being a homosexual priest does not make one an abusive priest.

John Jay Report: On Not Blaming Homosexual Priests [america, the national catholic weekly]


Catholic League's Bill Donohue Reviews Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Video

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The Catholic League's Bill Donohue, who had the vapors over Lady Gaga's video "Judas" before even seeing it, wasn't that offended.

He gives it two snaps up in a cross formation:

In her "Judas" video, Lady Gaga plays fast and loose with Catholic iconography, and generates several untoward statements, but she typically dances on the line without going over it. Perhaps that is because the video is a mess. Incoherent, it leaves the viewer more perplexed than moved. The faux-baptismal scene is a curious inclusion, as is her apparent fondness for the Jesus character. But if anyone thinks the Catholic League is going to go ballistic over Lady Gaga's latest contribution, they haven't a clue about what really constitutes anti-Catholicism.

For Donohue, that's a rave. I think he's a closet Gaga fan. Emphasis on closet.


News: Apple, Ashton Kutcher, Soloflex, Marc Jacobs

 road Lesbian couple's home in New Zealand is targeted with fire and hateful graffiti.

Ashton  road Ashton Kutcher's top 10 shirtless movie scenes.

 road Kutcher's new film, No Strings Attached, opens at number 1 at the box office.

 road This short history of Soloflex mentioned that "genetically perfect" Scott Madsen has recently been sent to prison.

 road The Apple app store has officially hit 10 billion downloads.

 road Ryan Kwanten rocks a bow tie.

 road The Catholic League's Bill Donohue resorts to name-calling while responding to Christopher Knight's piece in the LA Times about censhorship at the Smithsonian: "I had no idea that the vile video was part of a gay exhibition until after I called it hate speech. In any event, we won and you lost. Get over it. You are sounding like a narcissistic brat."

 road Tunisia-style protests could next engulf Egypt.

 road Pope Benedict: marriage is not a right.

 road The BBC apologizes for joking that Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings survivor is "the unluckiest man in the world."

Mj  road Photos from Marc Jacobs's spread in drag from last year's Industrie Magazine.

 road Former Real World cast member Joey Kovar to bare all for Playgirl.

 road Elton John says he is sick of being a "second-class citizen...We need people to say, 'OK. I'm straight. You're gay. Let's get along. I'm Republican. You're Democratic. Let's work together.'"

 road Zsa Zsa Gabor goes home after surgery.

 road Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) says she plans to bring a concealed weapon to public events.

 road Stroke rate among those who are HIV-positive is on the rise.

 road New report: "Former Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell was warned about using state resources to launch anti-gay attacks on politicians two months before he began targeting the University of Michigan’s student body president."

 road John Travolta says that Rickey Gervais' hosting of the Golden Globes was "more like a roast."


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