An ugh-ick poll

Time Magazine is running a poll to determine who should be in their Top 100 of 2012, and you get to vote whether you like or detest someone. I don’t trust Time in the slightest; I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up having categories for most hated and most polarized, so no matter how you vote, you might end up making the subject newsworthy.

Anyway, that smug Catholic scumbag Timothy Dolan is on the list. Let ’em know what you think.

Should Timothy Dolan be on the list?

Definitely 62.85%

No Way 37.15%


  1. says

    I think Tim Dolan should be offered Hitchens’ spot in the Four Horsemen. He has done as much to make the atheist case as just about anyone else around.

    Just do the standard thing: when you hear the name of a Catholic priest, Google name+abuse or name+scandal. Tim Dolan is rich pickings. And the Vatican love him for his ‘skillful’ handling of the eight thousand (!) cases in his last diocese.

  2. Beatrice, anormalement indécente says

    That list is bizarre.

    (I have voted for Maggie Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch anyway. They were there and they are awesome, I couldn’t help myself!)

  3. Gregory in Seattle says

    @thomasrobb #1 – He’s not just an archbishop (a bishop who heads a province as well as his own diocese), he is also a cardinal. Being a cardinal is what makes him a “prince of the Church.”

  4. kirikasena says

    Yay — I tweeted PZ about this, as I expected the horde might be able to help. 3% so far. :)

  5. 'Tis Himself says

    Let ‘em know what you think.

    To read is to obey, oh master of the hivemind.

  6. KG says

    He’s not just an archbishop (a bishop who heads a province as well as his own diocese) – Gregory in Seattle

    Well, Google says “Arch” means “Deliberately or affectedly playful and teasing”, so I hold to the theory that an archbishop is just a bishop who thinks (s)he’s funny, but who is really just a dull pain in the posterior.

  7. says

    Dolan is worse than smug. Dolan got righteously furious when news media started talking about the church’s sneaky way with chiild-raping priests, and he wrote a blog post – as archbishop of New York! – saying “but other people rape children too so why’s everybody yelling at us!” Disgusting piece of slime.

  8. says

    Dolan should be on a list all right…right of the top of the “Promoters of Misogyny in America” list or the “Let’s Lead America back to the Pre-Enlightenment” List. It really is a shame that jackwagons like him are even considered as serious, let alone for lists like the one Time is compiling.

  9. jg says

    Why is Time under the impression that North American Catholics actually listen to their clerical leaders? This is mainly anecdotal–and personal–but my experience is that Catholics don’t generally bring their religion into politics. Because it’s a lose-lose proposition. Voting with liberal candidates goes against the Church’s stance on genitalia and the icky gays, but voting the other way goes against the Church’s stance on helping the poor, opposing global capitalism and not fighting aggressive wars. Either way you vote, you end up a “cafeteria Catholic”.

  10. robro says

    There are so many missing names. They put that Catholic twit with his lace cuffs on the list, but where’s Dawkins? What about Hitch? Then there’s Jessica Ahlquist? Why isn’t a brave young person who is willing to take a risk for freedom on that list? And then there’s Rebecca, Greta, FtB, Skepchick, and (ta-dum) PZ. Where are they? I guess the folks at Time are too busy with important stuff like demagogues, sports stars, and Hollywierd “personalities.”

  11. Rick says

    Oh boy.

    “Catholic Church’s point man in the battle against the Obama Administration’s policies on contraception and abortion.”

    They might as well have said, “the catholic churches point man on the spread of HIV and teen pregnancy.”

    Judging by the way voting has gone with others, I’d venture a guess that readership of Time seriously right-wingnut.

  12. JohnnieCanuck says

    The voting for Cecille Richards of PP would tend to confirm the right wing nuttery of the Times readership.

    She’s down 2 votes for every 1 vote for her. Randomfactor @ #5 has the link to help fix this.

  13. says

    Dolan is standing there with hands clasped, wearing his tangerine jumpsuit, and I just see a plumber who happened to have changed occupations. He did his time and got his 20 year pin in the Jesus Union and now he gets his picture taken for the newspapers.

    Who has time to vote for this clown one way or the other? Life is short and death is forever.

  14. crowepps says

    Yes, Dawkins, and Hitch. Jessica Ahlquist and Damon Fowler. But then Rachel Maddow is missing, and so is Jon Stewart.

  15. Tim57online says

    Well now it’s 54.44% “Definitely” and 45.56% “No Way”.

    So progress is being made.

  16. says

    You’d think that Time’s readers were rightwing nuts, but the Republican clowns running for president with the exception of Ron Paul are all solidly “no way”. This guy is getting more votes than Obama, I suggest that there is probably a campaign out there to give him yes votes rather than any real approval from the typical Time voter.

  17. bruceh says

    Results for

    Should Timothy Dolan be on the list?

    Definitely 54.16%
    No Way 45.84%

    Getting there…

  18. petzl20 says

    Should Timothy Dolan be on the list?

    Definitely 57.7%

    No Way 42.3%

    Apparently, there’s a counter-insurgency working the pro- vote back up!

  19. quoderatdemonstrandum says

    Crap, can’t remember the last time the Horde didn’t break a poll it’s way.

    Definitely 59%

    No Way 40%