I am sending Mr. Donahue the following letter in response. And I intend to send a copy of the letter to Jon Stewart (a secular Jew) with an apology and an assurance that this man does not represent my beliefs, nor those (to the best of my knowledge) of mainstream Catholics.
Dear Mr. Donahue,
As a lifelong Catholic, I am glad that there is a Catholic League whose purpose is to protect Catholics from defamation.
However, I think it would be a lot easier to prevent anti-Catholic prejudices from forming in the first place if the president of the Catholic League would refrain from going on national television and spouting unfounded and sweeping statements of anti-Semitism and homophobia. I refer to your recent appearance on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, which did as much to give Catholics a bad name as any recent scandal.
Is anti-Semitism really less offensive to you than anti-Catholicism? Shouldn’t we be working to form a society in which no one is ridiculed or persecuted for his or her beliefs? When any one, any group, any religious sect faces prejudice or discrimination, from any source, doesn’t it diminish us all?
Throughout my brief time on this planet, I have faced plenty of prejudice for my beliefs. I have done my best to set the record straight, and to model the true spirit of Christ through patience, love, understanding, and tolerance. It’s really disheartening to see someone who supposedly represents my faith and protects me from defamation go on television and undermine the work I have tried to do by acting just as ignorant and close-minded as your common, garden-variety bigot.
Please Mr. Donahue, be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Is it really necessary to fight defamation with counter-defamation?