Homophobic bigot Bill Donohue complains about ‘anti-gay bigotry’

Homophobic bigot Bill Donohue complains about ‘anti-gay bigotry’ October 20, 2019

I almost fell off my chair today when I read that the Catholic League’s deranged and deeply homophobic Bill Donohue is annoyed that a comedian’s take on newly-launched ‘smart’ rosaries that connect via Bluetooth to cellphones, was ‘an attack on gays.’

Donohue, left, and Spade. Images via YouTube

David Spade said this week on Comedy Central:

The Vatican has launched a $110 eRosary beads. Sounds like a lot of money to get molested online.

Donohue furiously responded:

David Spade’s comment cannot be read as anything other than an attack on homosexual priests. Thus did he evince his anti-Catholic and anti-gay bigotry, which unfortunately makes him a perfect fit at Comedy Central.

Spade was referring to a piece of technology that’s described by Mark Wilson, senior writer at Fast Company, as:

Kind of like a Fitbit for your spiritual health. It’s a $110 bracelet with 10 obsidian beads and a cross. The idea is the same as any other rosary: that as you recite prayers, your fingers follow along on the beads until you reach the end of the chain and know you’re done.

Photo: courtesy Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

But unlike the rosaries we’ve had for thousands of years, the eRosary was designed and developed by the technology company Acer. You begin a prayer session by making a sign of the cross. That’s when an accelerometer inside senses the movement, connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and kicks off your session, tracking your progress as you go.

Wilson adds:

If you’d like, the iOS and Android app allows you to follow along with prayers displayed on-screen via audio – it will also teach you how to use the rosary in the first place. If you’d prefer a quieter experience, it seems like the app will follow your activity invisibly, keeping track of your prayer like any fitness app would steps. (And in fact, the eRosary also tracks your steps, so it can feasibly replace any activity tracker you may wear.)

He concludes:

It’s easy to be skeptical about any technology, let alone one being developed by a church. Yet the truth is that we live in a Wild West of wearables and wellness apps, and the power of prayer to relieve stress is already well-documented. I’d buy the eRosary tomorrow, well, if I weren’t agonistic (sic).

In 2010 Donohue wrote in a full page ad in The New York Times:

The Times continues to editorialize about the ‘pedophilia crisis’: when all along it’s been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay.

And in January this year, Donohue wrote:

The gay subculture in the Catholic Church has done tremendous damage, and it is one that still needs to be purged.


Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


TRENDING AT PATHEOS Nonreligious
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • epeeist

    Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent.

    I can’t find the original dissection of the US Conference of Catholic bishops’ report on child sexual abuse by Miranda Celeste Hale, but there is a précis by Ophelia Benson on her website. The critical bit is in her first quotation, namely the arbitrary redefinition of paedophilia to abuse of children under 10 years old rather than the DSM value of 13.

  • Rann

    The Times continues to editorialize about the ‘pedophilia crisis’: when all along it’s been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay.

    May we assume he knows this from personal experience??? /s

  • WallofSleep

    Bildo likes to pretend that male priests never, ever mo1est female children.

  • Steven Watson

    If you don’t want us to fall about laughing when “you” (Insert own woo pedlar ‘tween quotes.) make fools of yourselves, don’t make fools of yourselves. Simples.

  • Broga

    His defence is of paedophile priests and he is prepared to leave children defenceless against them to provide that.

    He is a nauseating creature.

  • Michael Neville

    agonistic

    ag·o·nist n

    1 .[Biochemistry] a substance which initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor.

    2. [Anatomy] a muscle whose contraction moves a part of the body directly. “there is a failure to select the right agonist muscles”

    3. another term for protagonist.

    Origin: Early 20th century: from Greek agōnistēs ‘contestant’ (a sense reflected in English in the early 17th century), from agōn ‘contest’.

  • firebubbles310

    I love how he refuses to acknowledge that it has little to do with gender and all to do with access. Boys were always the ones they had access to. Girls couldn’t be altar boys. The reason it looks so “gay” is the misogyny of the church. I mean priests do rape nuns but nuns have no one to tell.

  • kaydenpat

    So Donahue is claiming that most priests are gay? And then he wants to purge all the gay priests? He’s an odd one.

  • Jim Jones

    So, he’s stil lying? In other news, the sun rose.

  • Jim Jones

    That’s a thing I could get behind (so to speak). Lose 80% of the mumblers.

  • What.

    Just… what.

    I can’t even follow his train of thought on that one.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    No Bill, those priests are not G–A–Y, they are R–A–P–I–S–T–I–S–T.–S. say it with me now… &#8203RAPIST.

  • Vanity Unfair

    You begin a prayer session by making a sign of the cross. That’s when an accelerometer inside senses the movement, connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and kicks off your session, tracking your progress as you go.
    So, you also need a recent mobile telephone; the rosary on its own is insufficient.
    This really looks like an answer in search of a question: a bit like religion.

    There are ten beads. A manual rosary has about 54. (It has been a while since I counted.) Do you have to keep going round? Is that why you need the telephone: to keep track of your progress? Or does the telephone keep track of you, so JHWH can get back to you? Would it not be simpler to load it with JHWH’s personal number, or at least Pope Frank’s so he can pass on messages and progress reports?

  • David Cromie

    “… most priests are gay”. I am not sure BilDo would agree with that, but he does claim that the percentage of paedophile priests is so small that they may be ignored, for all practical purposes, and he is ‘infallible’ when blogging ex cathedra for the Catholic League site.

  • David Cromie

    Some priests are not very particular about the gender of their victims.

  • Raging Bee

    Just don’t try to jack off with the arm that wears the eRosary, because if you do, the accelerometers will set off alarms in your diocese’s HQ, and possibly the Vatican as well.

    And no, Billyboy, your Church’s sex-abuse crisis wasn’t caused by a “gay subculture,” it was caused by an authoritarian rapist CULTURE. Gayness isn’t to blame for child-rape inside the Church, any more than straightness is to blame for rape outside it.

  • Raging Bee

    Also, if the “gay subculture” inside the Church is responsible for all that child-sexual-abuse, why aren’t more kids getting abused by the “gay subculture” outside the Church? Why is so much of that abuse happening within authoritarian, anti-gay institutions?

  • Barry Duke
  • Raging Bee

    The Android app also asks for access to location data and permissions to make calls.

    “Your heart rate is increasing, but you are still in your bed. Can I call your parents?”

  • Raging Bee

    I heard one story of a priest who anally-raped an eight-year-old girl. On her hospital bed. So hard he did some damage to her spine. So, yeah…maybe she looked boyish enough to trigger his “gay subculture” identity? /s

  • crackerMF

    ” Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay.”

    this begs the question: why has the church been such a safe haven for gay child molesters?

  • Raging Bee

    And more broadly, why have SO MANY reactionary anti-gay religious institutions — Jewish and Muslim as well as Christian — been such a safe haven for gay child molesters?