Bill Donohue is being awful again

“Again?” you ask. “Isn’t he always awful?” Yes. It’s a permanent state for him.

He’s crowing over the defeat of a bill by the NY legislature that would have extended the statute of limitations on child rape crimes, and as we all know, and as Bill is certainly aware, “End Child Abuse” is code for “Destroy The Catholic Church”.

As The New York Daily News reports, Donohue sent out an email to supporters after the defeat of the Child Victims Act, an act that he said was designed “to rape the Catholic Church.” The bill would have extended the timeframe that victims can bring forward cases by five years and would have opened up a six-month period for victims to revive older cases.

“The bill was sold as justice for the victims of sexual abuse, when, in fact, it was a sham,” Donohue wrote in an email obtained by The New York Daily News. “[It was] a vindictive bill pushed by lawyers and activists out to rape the Catholic Church.”

Oh, no. Really? You just called the prosecution of child rape an act of rape? It’s kind of clear that Donohue has no understanding of what constitutes a violent sexual crime.

The FFRF also has a few things to say.

But the Church’s lobbying and Donohue’s obscene victory dance are admissions of guilt. They are conceding that this problem is far bigger than we know and that, though the new pope talks quite a lot about fixing the problem, the church has no intention of actually fixing it. After more than three years as pope, Francis has done nothing to bring genuine justice to the victims or the rapists to account. Nothing but talk.

Let’s not forget that Bill Donohue is just the easily visible painful boil on the face of a church that continues to protect child rapists.


  1. birgerjohansson says

    If the Democrats had any testicular integrity, they should launch long-term campaigns to inform Republicans-by-inertia what their representatives actually are doing.
    The same thing for Catholics-by-inertia, both categories contain nice people who are just in denial of how horrible the situation is. But I don’t think there is any organisation that is motivated to launching campaigns specifically targeted at catholics, no matter, most will vote with their feet eventually.

  2. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Are we allowed to follow the GOP model, that Donohue being so happy the statute of limitations cannot be extended means that he committed such an act just past the current limitation?

  3. frog says

    and as Bill is certainly aware, “End Child Abuse” is code for “Destroy The Catholic Church”

    Well you must admit that destroying the Catholic church might at least reduce the number of children abused in the future. Bill’s logic goes to extreme positions and the fallacy of the slippery slope, but he’s not entirely off the rails to come to this conclusion. His real problem is a completely backwards and fucked-up sense of priorities about who needs protecting.

  4. says

    Ken Ham also knows what’s really, truly important!

    he state of Kentucky is hoping that creationist Ken Ham’s new Ark Encounter theme park will create a lot of jobs, but it turns out those jobs come with a pretty big catch.

    Fox13Now reports that Ham makes all prospective Ark employees sign a statement where they not only affirm they believe in creationism, but also disavow homosexuality and premarital sex. Ham is able to do this despite the fact that he’s receiving $18 million in sales tax incentives to build the Ark and boost tourism in the area.

  5. says

    There’s another common pattern among abusers and authoritans, non-literally (in textual terms, I wont predict how awful they actually are here) taking a threatening concept for themselves to prevent it’s power from being used by real victims and from affecting their audience. It’s craven and cowardly the way they can’t face the reality. I find such non-literalisms to be tells a social conflict is occurring and insist they have the guts to be honest.

  6. erichoug says

    My favorite line from spotlight:
    “Mitchell Garabedian: This city, these people… making the rest of us feel like we don’t belong. But they’re no better than us. Look at how they treat their children. Mark my words, Mr. Rezendes. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.”

  7. Holms says

    I like the way Donahue has implicitly admitted that there is worse that can be uncovered: if the allegations against the CC were bogus, then the extension of the statute of limitations makes no difference as a false allegation can be made alleging anything at any time.

    #1 birgerjohansson
    If the Democrats had any testicular integrity, …


  8. unclefrogy says

    what all the noise shows is the simple fact the religion is not about god, the consciousness of god or eternity in gods heaven it is entirely wrapped-up in the transitory values and concerns of worldly matters. power, prestige, respect, image and money and its equivalents
    uncle frogy

  9. Anri says

    “Increasing prosecution of child sexual abuse cases will inevitably harm the Catholic Church!

    …um, purely by coincidence, I mean.”