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Look, I have no idea how good a Catholic William Donahue is. But if you equate buster to devotion, this guy is a walking College of Cardinals.

It’s also pretty fair to say the head of the Catholic League is easier to torque than Yosemite Sam meets Lou Piniella.

Not too long ago, a list was compiled of all the people and organizations the Captain Queeg of Catholicism has deemed not suitably respectful of the faith.

This thing is longer than a high mass. Oooooops, sorry

And low and behold, there I was tucked into the blacklist - just after Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Kathy Griffin, The Washington Post, Robin Williams, Bill Maher and Moveon.Org, but ahead of Michigan State University, Dennis Miller and Ian McKellen.

It’s not exactly clear just what I did to deserve Donahue’s ire.

Possibly it might have had something to do with some past columns suggesting Pope John Paul II and Bernard Law, the former cardinal for the Boston Diocese were guilty of being an accessory to numerous felonies associated with the pedophile scandal that rocked the church. But I would argue, truth is a defense here.

Or maybe Donahue was peeved with prior jokes - sort of - about being beaten by the Holy Sisters of Abu Ghraib throughout grade school. But again, truth is my side here, too.

Donahue did get all huffy a few years ago when I gently chided then Gov. Jeb Bush, a Catholic convert and a tool of the “Christian conservative political agenda” religious right for his efforts to allow faith based school at public expense. See: truth, defense.

Perhaps this begs a question. What would Jesus think about such pinched silliness? I’d like to think that unlike Donahue, he would laugh.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by  Ron Medvin, Tampa on 08/10  at  02:31 PM

Don’t worry about Mr. Donahue…he represents the very worst of the Catholic church…the blinding hypocrisy of people like him is both sad and frightening…he would be hysterically funny if he weren’t so scary.


Posted by  maggie, occupied clearwater on 08/01  at  12:25 PM

If you talk about Scientology, they follow written directives to send private eyes to dig through your trash, crank up their litigation machine, try to take over local government, and kill your pets.

If you talk about Catholicism, they put you on a list.

Heh.


Posted by  Danny J Phillips, Valrico on 07/31  at  11:32 AM

Have you noticed that freedom of speech always takes a back seat or disappears entirely whenever the object of your speech is organized religion??  Then it becomes blasphemy if you dare to disagree with the words coming down. 

Keep up the good work, Dan.

DanJ


Posted by  pacfandave, St Petersburg on 07/31  at  07:00 AM

When I married, I had to convert to Judyism—when Judy speaks, I take it as coming from the burning bush.

Instead of a ring, she slipped a WWJD bracelet on my wrist at the ceremony.  “What’s that?” I naively asked, blissfully unaware of this ominous harbinger of my future.  “Well, dear, whenever you find yourself confronted with a moral dilemma, you just look at this bracelet.  It will remind you to ask yourself, ‘What would Judy do?’”

I don’t know if it has solved any moral dilemmas for me, but it has kept me out of divorce court.


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Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
Bollywood Stomp turnout tops expectations
A crowd of more than 8,000 showed up in downtown Tampa for Wednesday night’s International Indian Film Academy Stomp, the official kickoff party at the Curtis Hixon Convention Center.
Hillsborough detectives seek owner of 1948 class ring
Ronald McDonald gets a makeover
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn during an NFL football training camp Monday, July 29, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  ORG XMIT: OTKCO101
Agent: Bucs will not pick up option on DE Clayborn

Opinion

Henderson: Time to fix county school transit

Joe Henderson After employee complaints, recurring mechanical problems and the controversy surrounding the death of a special-needs student, Joe Henderson says John Franklin’s resignation is a good start.

Editorials:
Editorial: Belden’s example
Editorial: Bill not starry eyed about film incentives
Editorial: Rotary’s century of service
Letters:
Letters to the editor: Get off your knees
Hispanics’ trailblazing efforts trampled on

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