by Matt Stoller, Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 10:46:47 AM EST
From the Catholic League:
EDWARDS TOLERATES ANTI-CATHOLICISM
Presidential hopeful John Edwards issued a statement today explaining why he is not firing Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan for making obscene and anti-Catholic remarks.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds as follows:
"John Edwards has apparently decided that there is more to be gained by aligning himself with the cultural left than by standing on principle and firing the Catholic bashers on his payroll. Had anyone on his staff used the 'N-word,' he or she would have been fired immediately. But his goal is to loot the pockets of the Soros/Hollywood gang, and they--like him--aren't offended by anti-Catholicism. Indeed, they thrive on it.
"When Mel Gibson got drunk and made anti-Semitic remarks, he paid a price for doing so. When Michael Richards got angry and made racist remarks, he paid a price for doing so. When Isaiah Washington got ticked off and made anti-gay remarks, he paid a price for doing so. But John Edwards thinks the same rules don't apply to him, which is why he has chosen to embrace foul-mouthed anti-Catholic bigots on his payroll.
"Edwards said today that 'We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked.' I have news for him--the Catholic League--not Edwards--will decide what the debate will be about, and it won't be about the nation. It will be about the glaring double standard that colors the entire conversation about bigotry.
"We will launch a nationwide public relations blitz that will be conducted on the pages of the New York Times, as well as in Catholic newspapers and periodicals. It will be on-going, breaking like a wave, starting next week and continuing through 2007. It will be an education campaign, informing the public of what he did today. We will also reach out to our allies in the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist communities. They worked with us before on many issues, and are sure to do so again. What Edwards did today will not be forgotten."
206 people have sent emails to the press through Blogpac to prevent this antisemitic freak from having influence over our public discourse. I don't care if you like John Edwards or hate him, this is about an attack by creepy theocrats on our way of life. And yes, "loot the pockets of the Soros/Hollywood gang, and they--like him--aren't offended by anti-Catholicism. Indeed, they thrive on it," is code for antisemitism. Don't let this go unanswered.
And please put responses in the comments. I hope more groups get involved in fighting against sewer rats like Donahue.
UPDATE: 222. Wow.
UPDATE II: Now, 256.
UPDATE III: 325
UPDATE IV: 602.
UPDATE V: 726. It's spreading.