Now, I’ve Done It; I Pissed Off the Catholic League

I’ve finally done it. I finally got Bill Donohue mad enough that he’s mentioned me in a Catholic League press release.

Bill Donohue’s smile is perfectly natural.

The background is this: Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George recently said that gay marriage should not become legal in Illinois because it’s not “natural”:

Marriage comes to us from nature,” Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George said in a recent interview. “That’s based on the complementarity of the two sexes in such a way that the love of a man and a woman joined in a marital union is open to life, and that’s how families are created and society goes along.… It’s not in our doctrine. It’s not a matter of faith. It’s a matter of reason and understanding the way nature operates.”

“You want to be sure that everybody has a chance at happiness. That’s a very persuasive argument,” George said. “But we all want that, and nobody should be disdained or persecuted because of their sexual orientation… But when we get behind the church and behind the state, you’ve got a natural reality that two men or two women… cannot consummate a marriage. It’s a physical impossibility.

So I responded to the Cardinal’s idiotic statement:

You know what’s unnatural? A wafer magically turning into a 2,000-year-old dead man’s body. But Cardinal George has no problem accepting that one.

I thought I was being pretty generous. If I wanted to be mean, I would have said Communion was nothing more than cannibalizing a long-dead Palestinian and realizing he was pretty bland.

But I didn’t need to do that. My comment, along with those from other liberal commentators, got Donohue all hot and bothered:

Bernard Schlager, a professor of gay studies at Pacific School of Religion, says George is wrong because “sexual behavior is an expression of human love.” Not to a woman who has been raped it isn’t. Rainbow Sash, an anti-Catholic group, says the decision whether to have children, or to adopt, or not to have any, is made by “the respective married couple whatever sexual orientation they may be.” Wrong: Lesbians do not decide not to have children—their anatomy makes that call for them. Zack Ford, writing for a liberal website, accuses George of using “incendiary rhetoric” by saying it is “physically impossible” for gays to “consummate a marriage.” Incendiary? Or just plain pedestrian? Hemant Mehta, a Patheos blogger, can’t contain his rage, which is why he trashes the Eucharist as being unnatural. All in the name of tolerance.


My favorite part about the press release has to be how I found out about it, since they didn’t link to my original post (why let people read me in context and judge my “rage” for themselves, right?)…

The Catholic League actually sent me an email alerting me to the fact that I had been trashed by them:

Aww… aren’t they sweet?

By the way, yesterday, marriage equality got some support from a very unlikely individual:

[Illinois] State Republican party chairman Pat Brady was making calls to Republican lawmakers in support of gay marriage, legislative sources said, which could help win some votes for the measure.

When even a GOP leader can openly support gay marriage, you know it’s looking more and more like Illinois will be the next state where gays and lesbians are treated like first-class citizens. It also means the Catholic Church, the Illinois Family Institute, and other bastions of bigotry are quickly being left behind as the rest of us march toward progress.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.