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.