Many across the nation were dismay and surprised that comedian Bob Newhart, beloved for decades, had accepted a gig to headline the conference of a lesser-known but exceptionally powerful anti-gay Catholic organization. Legatus, founded by former Domino’s Pizza founder and Catholic activist Tom Monaghan, boasted the comedian’s scheduled performance earlier this month.
While the announcement remains on their website, at least for now, Newhart yesterday made a simple one of his own.
Via Twitter and Facebook, the 84-year old Catholic and star of iconic sitcoms including “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart,” merely stated, “Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change — Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6th, 2014.”
Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change — Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6th, 2014
— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) December 19, 2013
And that was that.
GLAAD notes that “it is possible that Newhart, like many people were unaware that Legatus was such a rabid anti-LGBT organization.”
Ironically, perhaps, Newhart made the announcement on the same day that “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was in increasingly hot water over ugly anti-gay and racist comments he had made in a GQ interview. Robertson has now been suspended “indefinitely.”
Jeremy Hooper, who last week broke the news at GLAAD of Newhart’s scheduled appearance at the Legatus 2014 Summit in Orlando, writes simply, “I’m proud of this one,” and concludes, “Love this man; love this decision.”
Legatus, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported last week, is just one of the many religion-based creations of Tom Monaghan, who also founded the extremist Thomas More Law Center, and the Ave Maria Foundation, Ave Maria School of Law, Ave Maria College, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria Mutual Funds, and even the town of Ave Maria, Florida.
To get an closer look at Legatus’ work, see their archive of articles on homosexuality.
Coincidentally, Legatus Magazine, the publication of the anti-gay Catholic group, in September published an article by the now-embattled Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt, who this week stands accused of the inappropriate touching of a young boy. The article, “Family as the foundation of culture,” says that Satan is the source of same-sex marriage.
It seems clear Newhart made a good choice in canceling.
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