William Donohue

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Bill Donohue
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William (Bill) A. Donohue (1947–) is the rabid, hate-filled president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. His rhetoric lies somewhere between Pat Robertson and Fred Phelps on the insanity-and-homophobia scale.

He also has said: "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity."[2]

Bill Donohue is divorced.[3] Presumably his direct line to God was instantly disconnected gave him a Get Out of Sin Free card where Matthew 19 is concerned.

His salary for spewing bile has been in the $300,000 to $475,000 range. The League has about $35 million in assets but probably a relatively small membership.[4][5]

Child rape[edit]

Donohue opposed a bill which would have required clergy to report suspected child abuse. Instead, he wanted to see consensual sex between teenagers included as child abuse. Donohue claimed that there is no "paedophilia crisis" in the Roman Catholic Church, but that there are too many gay people in the priesthood.[6]

Donohue also played a part in scuppering a New York State bill that would have made it easier for victims of Catholic child abuse to get compensation.[7] Donohue stated:

The bill was sold as justice for the victims of sexual abuse, when, in fact, it was a sham, [It was] a vindictive bill pushed by lawyers and activists out to rape the Catholic Church.
—(Bill Donohue)

Church lobbying and Donohue's claim of victory in reality demonstrate the Church's guilt. It 's a tacit admission that the child abuse problem and its potential cost to the Church are bigger than we know. It also shows despite promises to fix things Pope Francis has no plans for justice or compensation for victims

Oh, no. Really? You just called the prosecution of child rape an act of rape? It’s kind of clear that Donohue has no understanding of what constitutes a violent sexual crime. (...) Let’s not forget that Bill Donohue is just the easily visible painful boil on the face of a church that continues to protect child rapists.
PZ Myers[8]

Child deaths[edit]

Remains of babies and toddlers who died from neglect in an Irish mother and baby home run by nuns were found dumped in what appears to have been a sewerage system. Donohue refuses to acknowledge that it happened.[9]

Charlie Hebdo[edit]

In January, 2015, after an attack by Islamic extremists on the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo resulted in the deaths of 12 people, Bill Donohue engaged in his usual amounts of insanity and blamed the attack on the victims' supposed "provocation" of Muslims.[10] In an article he published on the Catholic League's website, he engaged in character assassination of Charlie Hebdo's editors, effectively justifying the attack that killed them. So while Donohue condemned the attack itself, he essentially said that the Hebdo employees had it coming.[11]

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