Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blowhard Bill Donohue takes on HRC

Bill Donohue, a divorced man, is paid over $400,000 a year to be an unofficial apologist for the Catholic Church. In a screed posted last night, Blowhard Bill claims “GAY GROUP ATTACKS FIRST AMENDMENT” — Blowhard Bill's titles are always all caps.

According to Bill:
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is ill-named: it is a gay rights group that often disrespects the human rights of those with whom it disagrees. Its latest burst of intolerance recently took place when it attacked David Tyree, the New York Giants’ hero in the 2007 Super Bowl. HRC president Chad Griffin blasted the Giants for hiring Tyree as its Director of Player Development.

First of all, Blowhard needs to actually read the First Amendment. It pertains to what the government cannot do; Not HRC. Furthermore, how we get from criticizing the NY Giants for hiring a bigot to disrespecting that bigot's human rights is bewildering. Moreover, people don't "disagree" with bigotry — the bigotry gets sanctioned. The fact that Mr. Tyree played a good football game is entirely irrelevant.

Blowhard Bill continues:
Tyree’s sin? He believes, as does most of the world, that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. He also believes that homosexuals can change their identity; he knows men who have. His sentiments are grounded in his religious convictions. Anyone is free to disagree with him, but to condemn a man for espousing such positions shows contempt for his twin First Amendment rights: freedom of speech and freedom of religion. In short, it is un-American.
This is nonsensical rhetoric. Mr. Tyree is free to believe whatever he wants whether through religious ideology or sheer ignorance. Essentially Tyree has criticized gay people for refusing to change their sexual orientation. According to the overwhelming consensus of science, sexual orientation is innate and unalterable and efforts to change sexual orientation are harmful. If Tyree wants to use his status as a public figure to promulgate harmful BS based on nothing tangible (certainly neither experimentation nor evidence) then he should expect to be criticized in return.

Blowhard Bill Donohue earns his nickname referring to himself in the third person:
The attempt to silence public figures for espousing traditional beliefs on sexuality has gained momentum in the gay activist community. It must be resisted, especially by people of faith. It would never occur to Bill Donohue, as the president of the Catholic League, to fire off a statement condemning the hiring of an athlete who shared HRC’s views.
That is just bullshit. Bill fires off a half-dozen a day. He is encouraging a boycott of Guinness for sharing HRC's views. This notion that anything is correct if it is based on religious belief  is absurd. People mouth off all sorts of religious beliefs that are preposterous. Shall we incorporate Lord Xenu into school history texts? The Catholic Church's beliefs on sexuality have been incorporated into its teachings by priests who lack the training and skills required to make such judgments. Those judgments do not correlate to the findings of qualified experts.

Bill concludes in typical Donohue fashion:
Griffin was particularly exercised over Tyree’s belief that sexual orientation can change. But many gays believe the same. After all, when the LGBT community added a “Q,”—as in LGBTQ—they did so to include “Questioning.” Now what is there to question if sexual orientation is fixed? Their logic implodes.
Imbecile. Questioning one's sexuality is entirely different from changing one's sexual orientation. There is also some fluidity in sexual orientation that might cause someone to question. The fact that it may change doesn't mean that we can consciously change it.

Mr. Donohue is every bit as bigoted as Mr. Tyree. Unlike Mr. Tyree, however, he is probably not in a position to influence young people and do more damage than he does with his mountain of absurdities.

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