Bill Donohue Doesn’t Think You Can Build Churches in America

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue’s visit to Steve Malzberg’s show on Newsmax TV predictably yielded a treasure trove of stupidity from the permanently red-faced blowhard. Most bizarrely, he claimed that Christians in Cuba have more rights than Christians in America because they’re building a church there.

“The point is trying to make a point and then taking it back,” he said. “I am obviously not going to equate people who bash us in radio and television and the media in general and the entertainment industry with people who are going to behead us, but Christians and Catholics in particular are fed up with being bashed with impunity. It’s all about hate speech.”

When Malzberg asked if American liberals “would, if they could, go further” by violently attacking Christians, Donohue responded that “there’s no question about it.” “They would turn us into Cuba. As a matter of fact, Cuba I think has more rights now. The Cubans in Miami are building a Catholic church there and I don’t think you can get away with that in many parts of this country,” he added.

WTF? There are almost 18,000 Catholic parishes in this country, almost 7000 Catholic schools and almost 250 Catholic colleges. Bill, if you really think Catholics in Cuba have more rights than Catholics in America, by all means you should try moving there. Let us know how you like all those alleged extra rights you get.

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  • zenlike

    It’s even more bizarre than stated: the example he is pointing at is a Catholic Church…being build in Miami, which is as far as I know still part of the US of A.

  • Matt G

    Catholic churches are closing left and right – what need is there to build new ones?

  • caseloweraz

    In fairness, Donohue has a point. If a bunch of Cubans from Miami descended on some northern city and undertook to build a Catholic church, I am sure they would be stopped. I think they would be prevented from constructing any kind of building there.

    But seriously: Bill Dononue is a sorely misguided man.

  • kosk11348

    He must have misspoke. There is indeed a new Catholic church being built in Cuba, the first in over 50 years.

    And there may not be a demand for new churches in the U.S. As far as I know, many parishes are being forced to close and consolidate as they find their congregations diminishing. So it isn’t so much that you can’t “get away” with building a church in the U.S. It’s just that most cities have no need of them. Leave it to Donahue to spin it in a way which feeds his persecution complex.

  • rationalinks

    He’s right you know. Just the other day I tried building a Catholic church and the farmer asked me what I was doing in his field. He was obviously a liberal (why else would he ask me to stop?) and I feared that he might behead me (that IS what liberals do after all) so I ran off screaming “oppression!”. True story.

  • eric

    The Cubans in Miami are building a Catholic church there and I don’t think you can get away with that in many parts of this country,” he added.

    The irony is, I’m willing to bet that if a bunch of Cubans went up the road to Ave Maria, FL, they wouldn’t be allowed to build a (non-founder sanctioned) Catholic church.

  • blf

    Catholic churches are closing left and right — what need is there to build new ones?

    They have an enormous amount of loot and bodies to hide, and needs many safe houses for the child rapists.

  • scott

    Some odd subset of Christians in the US seem to really honestly believe they’re being oppressed at every turn. Recently one of my HS friends shared an image saying that Facebook is removing Nativity pictures from profiles because it’s “offensive”. I traced it back and found the original had over one million shares. How freaking credulous can these people be?

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Wait, didn’t a city (?) council recently not allow the building of a mosque, then turn around and make all kinds of exemptions to allow a church (not sure what denomination) to be built?

    Lemme go find that story.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Kennesaw was the name of the place. They approved a Pentecostal ‘church’ in a retail space, then denied the same to the Muslim group that applied.

  • Doubting Thomas

    It’s a fact that you don’t have to build them. Anyone can just rent a storefront and call themselves preachers. Up here in Tenn we have them everywhere. Easiest business to get into, no taxes and no inventory.

  • anubisprime

    blf @ 7

    They have an enormous amount of loot

    As the money gravy train started to seize up under rust, malevolence and crud….there was a …….

    miracle

  • anubisprime
  • cptdoom

    Catholic churches are not being built in this country because, a) attendance I’d way down and b) the church has spent an enormous amount paying off those pesky rape victims whose attackers the church continues to protect. Remember not one Catholic leader has been held morally accountable by the church for conducting the largest criminal conspiracy in human history and only one has been held legally accountable in this country. A conspiracy, I might add, that Donohue minimizes at every opportunity. That kind of activity tends to put a damper on building projects, although there is a pretty big project underway in DC right now to renovate the main Catholic Church in the city – St. Matthews.

  • hunter

    cptdoom: don’t forget the millions they’ve spent on referendums to ban same-sex marriage.

  • marcus

    There is also the fact, as I mentioned the other day, that according to the “Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act” you can build a church just about anywhere you fucking want to, zoning be damned. Obviously he must know this, what an asshole.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Some odd subset of Christians in the US seem to really honestly believe they’re being oppressed at every turn.

    They’re called the “conservative” kind.

  • Trebuchet

    Evangelical Protestant churches are being built like crazy all over the country. Donohue, of course, doesn’t consider those as “Christian”. Just like they don’t think he’s one either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701394965 patrickashton

    You could have stopped the title after four words and it would have been just as accurate.

  • pixiedust

    @ 11 Doubting Thomas

    The rules on property tax (if that is what you were referring to) may vary by state. In my state, a church that rents it’s space from a for-profit property owner will pay property tax either semi-directly (triple net lease, typically) or indirectly (included in the rent.).

    A recent story in the local paper about a church getting a mortgage included a quote from the clergyman about what a relief it was to get out of paying property taxes on their rented space.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Yes, the poor old, hard-done-by Catholics – who are spending $113 million to make the Crystal Cathedral look prettier.

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/christ-cathedrals-113-million-redesign-to-include-illuminated-sanctuary-host-up-to-8000-at-mass-127062/

  • Nick Gotts

    Bill, if you really think Catholics in Cuba have more rights than Catholics in America, by all means you should try moving there.

    Hasn’t the USA persecuted Cuba enough?

  • dingojack

    anubisprime – died 20?? Error 404. Epitaph Not Found…

    :) Dingo

    ————

    Woo hoo. I can now log in and post!!

  • Trebuchet

    @20: Until I clicked on your link, I thought you were mixing up your cathedrals. I had no idea it had been taken over by the RCC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.husband dalehusband

    @Trebuchet

    Robert Schuller apparently no longer has a ministry at all. He retired and there was some sort of power struggle in the church leadership too.

  • http://wordsgood4598.wordpress.com/author/wordsgood4598/ wordsgood

    Sigh. Every time, every single damned time I think someone high up in religious circles (or just plain high on religion) can’t possibly say something more stupid than the last nutter, another story like this comes out!