The XXXXXXXX League

As you know, Bill Donohue tirelessly beats back anti-Catholicism wherever it may rear its ugly head. Look at his latest press release:

If the same standard that was applied to President George W. Bush were to be applied to Senator Barack Obama, then Obama must be considered a theocrat who shows no respect for separation of church and state. What else is one to conclude after seeing a color photo of him today on the front page of the New York Times preaching from the pulpit of a Christian church?

What's that you say? President Bush isn't Catholic and neither is Obama and neither was the church in which Obama spoke? Well, if you want to split hairs...

Obamas spiritual mentor is a radical minister who blames the U.S. for the war in Iraq. So controversial is Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. that Obama shunned him when he announced his bid for the presidency. It makes one wonder how the media will follow up on this: after all, when Mel Gibson was being criticized for making The Passion of the Christ, his foes constantly demanded that he denounce his fathers views on the Holocaust.

Come again? Rev. Wright isn't Catholic either and Mel Gibson apparently rejects Vatican II? Quibble if you must...

Obama can begin his presidential campaign with Giving all praise and honor to God, and it doesnt raise an eyebrow among the guardians of church and state. But when Bush said that Jesus was his favorite philosopher, the guardians went ballistic.

Are "the guardians" Catholic? Maybe? No? Fine, then. What about this:

Yesterday, Obama blasted the Bush administrations handling on the war in Iraq while preaching at a Christian church. Now imagine a pro-life Republican candidate speaking at a Catholic Church denouncing the Democrats for supporting partial-birth abortions. And imagine the reaction he would receive if there were a color photo of him on the front page of the New York Times speaking at St. Patricks Cathedral. The double standard is nauseous, and it smacks of religious and racial prejudice.

There it is. Imagine that scenario, and bingo, you have your anti-Catholic double-standard. Isn't it obvious? If a prolife Republican attacked prochoice Democrats from the pulpit of a Catholic church, the Times would surely run a black-and-white photo. Animals.

Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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