You’re All Bigots. All of you. March 5, 2008

You’re All Bigots. All of you.

The Catholic League’s William Donohue is for some reason the guy the mainstream media goes to when the Catholic Church is in the news.

Everything offends him, innocuous or not.

Chris at Cynical-C Blog has a list of the people and organizations that have been called “bigots” or “bigoted” by Donohue.

You may want to grab a drink. This could take a while.

Bill Maher

John Hagee

Carnegie Hall

ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson

KCPW, Utah’s National Public Radio station

Philip Pullman & The Golden Compass

National Secular Society

Scholastic Corp.

David E. Kelley

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Miller Brewing Company

Kathy Griffin

The Washington Post

The Louisiana Democratic Party

Florida attorney Loring Spolter

Walnut Creek Community Church

The Buffalo City Council

The Elites

Robin Williams

The California Assembly

Rosie O’Donnell

Barbara Walters

Joy Behar

Rev. Al Sharpton

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The View

American Atheist bloggers, Tony Auth and Julianne Malveaux.

Penn Jillette

Some teacher in Georgia

University of Minnesota’s Department of Theatre, Arts and Dance

The Ford Foundation

Frances Kissling, head of Catholics for a Free Choice

Catholic Democrats

Blogger Amanda Marcotte

Blogger Melissa McEwan (Shakesville)


Non-christians during Christmas

One anonymous

Attorney Jeffrey Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota

DePaul professor Norman G. Finkelstein

The University of Minnesota

John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard University

The Helen Hayes Theatre in New York

Seattle’s ACT Theatre

Arianna Huffington

Christopher Hitchens

Ted Turner



Author Malachy McCourt

Michael Savage

The Boston Globe

South Park

The Chicago Sun Times

The Telegraph Herald

Adele Cohen from the New York State Assembly

The Chicago Tribune

Catholics for a Free Choice

Hillary Clinton

The Fairness Foundation

Aidan Quinn

Land’s End

Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority

Two and a Half Men

Tyler Cabot

The law firm of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Schleifer, Weinstein & Winkler

ABC-TV Affiliate (KOMO)

Molly Ivins

Ken Schram, a commentator for the ABC affiliate in Seattle

New York mayoral hopeful Fernando Ferrer

KABC radio talk-show host Kim Serafin

Senator Dianne Feinstein

NPR’s Lynn Neary

Associated Press

Louis Farrakhan


Penn & Teller

Terry McAuliffe

The Democratic National Convention

Howard Dean

George Soros

San Francisco

Pete Leon, an aide to Congressman Eliot L. Engel


No bigots today, but check back tomorrow

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

Linda DiLeo, Principal of Central School in IL

The University of Alabama’s Office of Cultural Diversity

KUSA-TV, Denver NBC affiliate

The Nightingale Theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Village Voice

Mitch Albom

John R. MacArthur from Harper’s Magazine

Garry Wills

Maureen Dowd

Thomas Friedman

Margaret Carlson

Sheryl McCarthy

Sidney Blumenthal

Sean Wilentz

Lt. Gen. William Boykin

Forward, a Jewish newspaper

Mara Vanderslice


Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights

The Democratic Party

Lenny Bruce



Indiana University Law Professor Florence Roisman


Anti-Defamation League

American Jewish Congress

Atty. Jay Milano

Teachers’ Unions

Prominent African American Leaders

The Senate Judiciary Committee

Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

The X-Men

A coalition of liberal organizations

Pennsylvania chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

Democratic Congressman Gary Ackerman

Freedom From Religion Foundation

Attorney John Aretakis


Thomas Duane, a gay state senator from New York

City of Philadelphia

Brigitte Boisselier, the head of Clonaid

Attorney Richard Lustgarten

Boston Public (TV Show)

Balboa Park officials in San Diego

Americans United

Tampa Tribune columnist Daniel Ruth


Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger

Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers

District Attorney Lynne Abraham

Michigan State University

Too many columnists and cartoonists

Radical feminists

National Organization for Women president Kim Gandy

Dennis Miller

Ian McKellen

The “John and Ken Show,” a KFI radio program in Los Angeles

Palm Beach Post

Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers

Arizona Governor Jane Hull

The Girl Scouts

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Lion’s Gate


Howard Stern


“A Love Divided”

The play “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You.”

Abercrombie & Fitch

Florida Atlantic University

60 Minutes

Planned Parenthood

Detroit Free Press

Bob Jones University

The Media

Democratic congressman James P. Moran

The Washington DC Council

Al Roker

Artist Robert Gober

Woody Allen

1997 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Dario Fo

The Whitney Museum

Refuse and Resist


Speaking in non-catholic places of worship

White-collar miscreants

The Chaplain Search Committee


Suddenly Susan

The West Wing


“End of Days”

“All About My Mother”

Peter F. Vallone, Speaker of the New York City Council

New York

Jesse Ventura

Brooklyn Museum of Art

“Julien Donkey-Boy”

Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice)

PA State Rep. Joseph Preston, Jr.

James Hormel

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Ted Turner

American Atheists

Hunter College Newspaper

American Cancer Society

Geoffrey Fieger, Dr. Kevorkian’s former lawyer

Levi Strauss

National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.

Ally McBeal

In Seattle, Washington, a coffee shop called the Coffee Messiah

Terrence McNally’s play, ‘Corpus Christi.’

The Washington Times


Khalid Abdul Muhammad

“That’s Life”

The president of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Software from Microsoft

State University of New York (SUNY)

“Nothing Sacred”


MAD Magazine

“Agnes of God”

I think parts 2 and 3 of the list are coming soon 🙂

A few are warranted, some are only mild accusations, but it’s obvious the Catholic League enjoys throwing that word around.

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  • Maybe I just missed it as I scrolled down, but I didn’t see The Simpsons on that list, and I’m pretty sure Donohue has turned his guns on them at least once before.

  • Kevin L.

    I can’t help but notice that Penn Jillette and “Penn & Teller” were named in two separate press releases. Does that mean that Penn is twice the bigot? The same goes for David E. Kelley and the show “Boston Public” that he wrote.

    Also, Al Roker? Seriously?

  • They had to list Penn separate from Penn& Teller?

    How do I get my name on that list? I’ve got to be at least as offensive to Catholics as Ally McBeal and Kwanzaa.

  • Holy Cow! It is sad that Donahue is the ‘go-to’ spokesperson for the Catholic Church.

    P.S. did you see Kathy Griffin’s hilarious response to Bill Donahue?
    You can see it here on youtube.
    (The Catholic League bit starts at 6:45)

  • Derek

    It would appear that we have a new drinking game on our hands.

  • I liked his bizarre appearance on the Colbert Report the other night.

  • Mike said:

    Maybe I just missed it as I scrolled down, but I didn’t see The Simpsons on that list

    I’ll have to update my post to make clear that I only posted those that Donohue used the term “bigot” in the press release. There were plenty of other organizations, shows and people that Donohue claimed to be anti-catholic, or catholic bashers but just didn’t go that extra length and declare them to be bigots.

    And their press releases only go back to 1998 which means that the list is far, far from complete.

    (BTW, I love your blog Hemant)

  • It might be easier to maintain a list of people William Donohue has not called a bigot. He sure likes to judge. Very Jesus-like.

  • good plan, jeff

  • Jeff: “It might be easier to maintain a list of people William Donohue has not called a bigot.”

    You stole the words right out of my mouth.

  • Thoracantha

    Why is Ted Turner on the list twice? Is he twice as big of a bigot as the entirity of Bob Jones Univeristy?

  • Bill M.

    I sprained my finger from all that scrolling.

  • cautious

    The list has neither Friendly Atheist nor commentators from Friendly Atheist included. Everyone, we’re doing something wrong. Quick, say something “bigoted” about the Catholic Church! I’ll start.

    The Catholic Church thinks women are second-class citizens and church members and will never allow them to become priests, and hides behind this sexist position by pretending that they respect Mary a lot, when all she did (in their version of history) was never lose her hymen.

    Oh snap, no I didn’t.

  • Thanks for publishing the list. I found it most enlightening.

  • “You keep using that word. I do not think it mean what you think it means.”

  • ss

    I think I’m going to make it a personal goal to get on William Donohue’s list.

  • James

    Given this, it’s hard to tell who hates more people, him or the Westboro Church of Fred Phelps from Kansas.

    I noticed the University of Minnesota on there and clicked the link. Article said that because the U of M was going to put on a play about the Pope and something, they are bigotted. I don’t believe the President of the U of M bowed to his whims to cancel it.

    Ye gads, it seems if you don’t do things his way and believe things his exact way, you’re a bigot. Or, that’s just what it seems thus far.

  • James said,

    Given this, it’s hard to tell who hates more people, him or the Westboro Church of Fred Phelps from Kansas.

    James, Westboro doesn’t hate people they hate gays… I believe at Westboro the two are mutually exclusive.

  • Maria

    I love how he even includes Catholic Democrats and Catholics for a free choice on there. Translation: even if you consider yourself catholic, if you don’t agree with Bill Donahue, you’re a bigot! It seems anyone who disagrees with him and dares to actually say it is a bigot! I think there should be just one list with one name on it: William Donahue. He’s one of the worst biggots I’ve ever seen.

  • Sounds like someone is excersizing bigotry against Catholics.

  • Lysander

    I’m suprised the Catholic League hasn’t accused more entities of bigotry. I want to know how they define it, so as to confirm or deny my disappointment that I’m not on it.

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