Friday, February 29, 2008

Battle of the Uglies

Bill Donohue, the head of the Catholic League, is pissed at John McCain for happily accepting the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee, who has called the Catholic Church “the Great Whore.”

“Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee,” Donohue said.

Catholics United, a national online group, also blasted McCain over the endorsement. “By receiving the endorsement of an outspoken critic of the Catholic Church, McCain once again demonstrates that he is willing to sell out his principles for a chance to win the Presidency,” said Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United in a statement. “We hope Senator McCain will take the principled position of publicly and unequivocally distancing himself from Pastor Hagee’s anti-Catholic comments. Intolerance and bigotry do not belong in American politics.”

Donohue, who fancies himself as the Torquemada of the 21st century, is no slouch when it comes to calling out bigotry — or what he perceives as bigotry — and he is capable of making a lot of noise; just ask Melissa McEwan at Shakesville who had the temerity to write blog postings that called out the Catholic Church on its misogyny and work for the John Edwards campaign last year. So it will be interesting to see if his outrage has any effect on the McCain campaign, and I wonder if Tim Russert will moderate the cockfight between Donohue and Hagee to see who is the ugliest of them all.

Glenn Greenwald has an interview with Mr. Donohue and a clip of Mr. Hagee’s teachings about the Catholic Church.