This is one finely written article. Check out my man's bio from his website:
He received a Masters in International Relations from Cambridge University, a Masters in New Media and Information Systems from the London School of Economics, and a JD from Yale Law School. The recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, he blah blah blah blah....
Boy, do I hate reading a bio like that. I assume he also holds the World Record in the 5000 meter, invented the touchscreen visual display, and is now patiently nursing Lindsay Lohan back to health on a small yet fried-chicken-filled island in the Caribbean. The bastard.
Jesus Christ, a prominent 1st century Catholic
Most jokes about Catholicism are just jokes. Most insults against the church are too frivolous to denounce. And far too many of our scandals are of our own doing.
The cooler heads among Catholicism know this, but cable news programmers do not rush cool heads into a studio to remain placid in front of a comedian’s jab or emit sorrow over an abuse case. When they need someone to decry and denounce—to say absurd, insulting, and crazy shit—they can always count on Bill Donohue, president of the august-sounding Catholic League, to show up and act pissed.
Bill Donohue is a professional bully. Since he bullies on behalf of religion, he creates a hard-edged irony that makes for good TV. Actually, that’s a cliché: it makes for extremely shitty TV, but it makes for good ratings.
I’m not gonna play his game by quoting his obnoxious copy (the advertising term is apt) about gays, Jews, women, liberals, or whoever is the target of his silly ire. If you are not familiar with him, just imagine someone saying something outlandish and cruel in the name of Jesus. Bonus points if you imagined an assistant dean.
Dennis O'Toole is an all-set cobra jet creepin' through the nighttime. He lives in Chicago.
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