Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Control Freak

Bill Donohue, perhaps one of the most mean-spirited and vengeful defenders of organized religion, has what can only be described as a primal scream in the Washington Post. No one — Democrats, gays, dog-walkers — is safe from his flaming anger and hatred… all in the name of the Prince of Peace.

The ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State harbor an agenda to smash the last vestiges of Christianity in America. Lying about their real motives, they say their fidelity is to the Constitution. But there is nothing in the Constitution that sanctions the censorship of religious speech. From banning nativity scenes to punishing little kids for painting a picture of Jesus, the zealots give Fidel a good run for his money.


The only way secular saboteurs can be stopped is by an alliance of religious conservatives across faith lines. The good news is that this is already happening. In the fight over gay marriage, the scorecard is 30-0: traditional Catholics, evangelical Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Mormons, along with a big contribution from the Latino and African American communities, have succeeded in throwing a roadblock at this crazy idea.

The culture war is up for grabs. The good news is that religious conservatives continue to breed like rabbits, while secular saboteurs have shut down: they’re too busy walking their dogs, going to bathhouses and aborting their kids. Time, it seems, is on the side of the angels.

The “last vestiges” of Christianity seem to be in pretty good shape, seeing as how about 80% of Americans identify themselves as believers in Christianity in some form or another. The problem for Mr. Donohue is that they don’t all agree with him.

What is being smashed is the intolerance and bigotry that Mr. Donohue peddles as the only real faith in America; the oppressive and dogmatic form of Catholicism that has driven many of the faithful out of the church. (He also needs a little help on his score-keeping: marriage equality is not 30-0 unless you don’t count Massachusetts, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut.) As for his whining about censorship, that’s a tad ironic to hear from someone who is getting his point of view published in the Washington Post and can get himself booked on CNN with a couple of phone calls. He has proven that he can get his voice and his narrow point of view out there. More’s the pity; he’s Torquemada in a three-piece suit. If he really wants to know what’s been driving people away from the church, all he has to do is look in the mirror.

What really bothers Mr. Donohue is that democracy and freedom of thought are antithetical to his vision of religion, and in specific to his medieval view of control-freak Catholicism. It must really bother him that the citizens of a nation that is based on a constitution that specifically avoids the entanglement of religion from the formulation and exercise of the laws have the right to think on their own and they have the temerity to allow an un-Donohue thought or belief to enter into their lives.