In typical fashion, the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue issued a statement in response to the massacre at Charlie Hebdo… and it’s simply awful. After briefly condemning the violence, he spends the bulk of his time criticizing the cartoonists for bringing this tragedy upon themselves:
Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.
… 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.
Stephane Charbonnier, the paper’s publisher, was killed today in the slaughter. It is too bad that he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death. In 2012, when asked why he insults Muslims, he said, “Muhammad isn’t sacred to me.” Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive. Muhammad isn’t sacred to me, either, but it would never occur to me to deliberately insult Muslims by trashing him.
Donohue, to no one’s surprise, doesn’t understand satire or art. A couple of years ago, he even complained about Andres Serrano‘s “Piss Christ” photograph and then held up his own creation: an Obama bobble-head in fake poop:
In his mind, criticism and outlandish rhetoric is only acceptable if it comes from his mouth and targets anything he doesn’t like.
Stay tuned for his next press release, when he blames rape victims for wearing provocative clothing.