Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline


I thought you might be interested to know that I received a response to my letter to William Donahue of the Catholic League. It was just a form letter from a secretary thanking me for my "feedback" and a photocopy of an editorial response to the rabbi he harangued on the program.

In the editorial, he did say that he regretted the use of the word "controlled," as in "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular," admitting that this was inaccurate. That was close enough to an apology not to warrant further correspondence from me.

Now, he asserts--and I'm inclined to believe him--that he didn't mean to come across as anti-Semitic as he did. I can understand that. I have, in the heat of passion, said things I didn't mean, things that came out wrong. But I have also learned (and a painful, bitter lesson it was) to apologize when my words inadvertently offend, and to learn to express myself differently so to make my meaning better understood. If I, and the rabbi, and some columnists, and Jon Stewart, and who knows how many other people misunderstood his comments, that implies that perhaps he should make a concerted effort to choose his words more carefully and make his meaning more clear in the future.

In short, he needs to stop painting himself as the wronged martyr. He owes a lot of people an apology. As I've said, I'm willing to let the matter drop as far as I'm concerned, but I will not support or be affliated with this man and his organization.
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