There is a phrase I EXTREMELY dislike that I see otherwise intelligent people using in arguments: “go die in a fire.” I dislike it not because it lowers the tone of the discourse – that’s the only reason I’m even on the Internet – but because it is such a personal attack. Using phrases like that might be intensely gratifying, but if you allow these people to turn you into something ugly, you have let them beat you.
HAVING SAID ALL THAT, Bill Donohue should shut the fuck up forever, or at least stop issuing press releases:
On September 28, the Chicago Tribune reported that “former Chicago priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormick sexually abused him [Doe] while he was a grammar school student.” We then learn that the student was really a middle-school student, in the eighth grade, when the abuse began. The abuse reportedly continued for five years. According to the lawsuit, “McCormack inappropriately sexually touched, hugged, rubbed and/or abused Doe.”
It’s time to ask some tough questions. Why did this young man not object earlier? Why did he allow the “abuse” to continue until he was 18? The use of the quotes is deliberate: the charge against the former priest is not rape, but rubbing.
Bill Donohue needs to grow a fucking soul.
According to him, when a child is being molested, the responsibility to stop the molestation clearly rests with the child. And molestation stops being molestation if it takes place through clothing. He’s right! Those are some tough questions! I know those questions would be tough for me to ask! Especially since I’d need to close a waffle press on my hand immediately after. Or iron my own tongue. Because I think of myself as a good person. Part of being a good person, or a decent human being, is not attacking the victims of abuse.
If you’ve not been exposed to Donohue before, he runs an organization called the Catholic League, whose sole purpose is to make it seem like Catholics are a persecuted minority. He’s a pretty heavy hitter – if he targets you with his little hate group he’s nearly impossible to get rid of, and people sometimes actually listen to him, occasionally. He also, as the above quote demonstrates, cares a metric fuckton more about the Catholic Church than he does about children. Or people. Or women. If a person could possibly be less like Jesus, if a person could be horribly twisted by years of lies and bigotry until he resembled the black pollution monster from Ferngully, that person would be Bill Donohue. Bill Donohue is the reason doors have peepholes, to allow you to screen people from your physical space. I wouldn’t be buried in the same cemetery as this man.
Because the things he says are designed to hurt people. He makes it easier for pedophiles and child molesters to be pedophiles and child molesters. He actively works to help child molesters and pedophiles evade punishment, by making it seem as if this is a complicated issue. It isn’t. The Catholic Church spent decades protecting it’s own interests. Before that, they spent centuries violently protecting their own interests. He hides behind his religion as if it could protect him from what he is. It can’t.