Bring back Imus by popular demand…but do not bash Cathlolics.


Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the way Catholic bashers are treated as compared to Don Imus: “Two years ago, Penn Jillette (of the comedy team Penn and Teller) went on Showtime calling Mother Teresa ‘Mother F—king Teresa’ and called the nuns who worked with her ‘f—king c—ts.’ Showtime is owned by Viacom and that is why I wrote to its chief, Sumner Redstone, to register a complaint. He wrote back extolling the merits of ‘artistic freedom’ and ‘tolerance.’ Last year, on Viacom-owned CBS radio, Jillette said Mother Teresa ‘had this weird kink that I think was sexual,’ compared the saintly nun to Charles Manson and said she ‘got her [sexual] kicks watching people suffer and die.’ Again, nothing was done about this. “In 2005, Bill Maher went on HBO at the time of the death of Pope John Paul II and said, ‘For those who could not make the funeral, the Vatican has asked that in lieu of flowers, just stop touching your d—k.’ He also said that the whole story of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and the Resurrection was ‘grafted from paganism’; he ended by mocking the death of the pope and the upcoming conclave. The letter I received from HBO said that ‘it’s a free country, and people are free to say silly things—even on HBO.’

“Right before Easter, the Catholic League protested the chocolate Jesus with his genitals exposed that was to be shown in the art gallery of the Roger Smith Hotel in midtown Manhattan (located on street level, the public was invited to eat him). Air America radio co-host Cenk Uygur, writing on ‘The Huffington Post,’ said, ‘So is the argument that Jesus didn’t have a d—k? Or were people offended because it was too big? Too Small? Too immaculate? Not immaculate enough?’ Regarding Imus’s remark, Uygur called it ‘derogatory and insulting.’

“Similarly, Joan Walsh on said the chocolate Jesus was not ‘a big deal,’ and advised people not to go see it if they didn’t like it. She has now called on Imus to be fired. Even New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said ‘don’t pay any attention’ to the chocolate Jesus, but he now finds it necessary to brand Imus’ comments ‘repugnant.’

“In other words, Catholic bashing is humorous and an exercise in liberty. Racism is awful. Bigotry, then, is neither good nor bad—it just depends who the target is.”

The Catholic League is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. It defends individual Catholics and the institutional Church from defamation and discrimination.

People become offended over everything these days. When you were a kid didn’t you have a saying’ sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me?’ It made you toughen up and rise above it.Bill Donohue was a regular guest on Imus. I guess the Catholic League needs a Sharpton like figure with the threat of a huge scene, lawsuits and demonstrations in front of the parent company offices. It seems that you can not offend people of ‘some’ races and ‘some’ religions but all others are fair game


2 responses to “Bring back Imus by popular demand…but do not bash Cathlolics.

  1. Alvin Angel West

    No, it wasn’t calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” that was Don Imus’ mistake. Don Imus has said lots of things that he’s regretted. We all have.
    Don Imus’ mistake was not in his apologizing for it. If he felt an apology was in order, he was correct in apologizing. Although, my apology would have been along the order of “I’m sorry you can’t take a joke.”
    Was he insensitive? Yes, but so what? We’re all way too sensitive. We need to toughen up.
    Were his comments racist? Well, to pull a Bill Clinton, it depends on what your definition of racist is. But I say no.
    I don’t think Don Imus is a racist. And I don’t think his calling the Rutgers womens basketball team “nappy-headed hos” indicates a belief in the inferiority of the race of either the black or white players on the team.
    Is it a disparaging stereotype? Of course it is. Just like folks calling me an ignorant redneck is a disparaging stereotype.
    Or, like it would have been if Imus had called the Tennessee womens basketball team “bleach-blonde bimbos.” But Imus didn’t. Perhaps he should have. That would have been okay, I guess.

  2. hey Cisco kid…great post and hey thanks for stoppin by at my humble abode…please come again! 🙂

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