Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, has issued a statement blaming the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, claiming “Muslims are right to be angry” about cartoons some found insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.
In a statement titled “Muslims are right to be angry,” Donohue criticized the publication’s history of offending religious sentiments with comical depictions of religious figures.
Claiming Charlie Hebdo had a “long and disgusting record” of mocking religious figures, Donohue lamented the fact that the publication depicted “nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms,” as well as “Muhammad in pornographic poses.”
Donohue even went so far as to blame the victim, claiming the murdered Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier “didn’t understand the role he played in his [own] tragic death,” noting “Had [Charbonnier] not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive.”
What unites Muslims in their anger against Charlie Hebdo is the vulgar manner in which Muhammad has been portrayed. What they object to is being intentionally insulted over the course of many years. On this aspect, I am in total agreement with them.
In his statement, Donohue tacitly endorses the abhorrent blasphemy laws so prevalent in countries dominated by Islam. In so doing, Donohue demonstrates that Islam does not have a monopoly on dangerous religious extremists that have no respect for freedom.
Donohue’s remarks are insensitive, offensive, asinine, and dangerous. His sympathy for, and tacit endorsement of, Muslim rage over some silly cartoons reveals an astonishing lack of judgement, and a profound poverty of both intellect and character.
(H/T Friendly Atheist)