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Religious Rights On ‘Collision Course With Gay Rights’ Rants Catholic Activist (Video)

by David Badash on February 27, 2014

in Discrimination,News,Politics,Religion

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Bill Donohue was in full anti-gay force this morning on CNN’s “New Day,” spewing lies and half truths about gay people, discrimination, and overall displaying great anger at losing the battle in Arizona after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB-1062 last night.

LOOK: Here’s Jan Brewer’s Letter Explaining Her Veto Of Anti-Gay Bill

Donohue, head of the virulently anti-gay Catholic League, headquartered in a beautiful Park Avenue office in NYC, spends his days “defending” the Roman Catholic Church — not Catholics, but the Church itself.

“Where are all the examples of gays being discriminated against?” Donohue asked CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “If they’re being discriminated against, how come they make more money than straight people on average?”

Of course, like many of his dated talking points, the “gays make more money than straights” myth is just plain false.

“Is somebody being denied at Applebee’s getting a hamburger? Where are these examples of gay people being persecuted?” Donohue, embarrassingly asked host Chris Cuomo.

“Can you enumerate for me examples of gay people in Arizona who are having their rights violated by people of faith?” Donohue continued.

“That’s the exact right question — but it’s the reverse,” Cuomo, patiently, tried to explain to Donohue. “Can you point out a business that was made a substantial burden religiously because of what they had to do vis-a-vis a gay person?”

Then Donohue went all-out nuts.

“If we have a federal administration which ignores the express rule of the people in DOMA… we’re being besieged — the gay rights –” Donohue ranted.

Cuomo quickly shut him down. “That’s a scare tactic.”

“We have a religious rights, and we have a collision course with gay rights,” Donohue claimed. Shockingly, he added, “we need to protect both.”

“But my rights to religion are in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Since when should they take a back seat?”

Or, in other words, Donohue suggests that his rights as a Catholic trump the roights of LGBT people — wholly ignoring that there are a great many LGBT Catholics and Christians, and LGBT people of all faiths.

Donohue, ludicrously, tried to insist that gay people will start to force churches to perform same-sex weddings, and the government will support that position. Which, of course, totally ignores the First Amendment.

Donohue also falsely stated that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told state Attorneys General they are not obligated to enforce laws. (Holder said they are not obligated to defend in court marriage bans, if they believe they are unconstitutional.)

And, in usual form, Donohue managed to conflate same-sex marriage with polygamy. Just because.

“We feel — people of faith — that our rights are being whittled away in the name of gay rights having to trample…”

There was far more ugliness than this video shows. We’ll try to get that video too.

Watch:

Hat tip: Towleroad and Mediaite

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{ 3 comments }

Bose_in_SP_MN February 27, 2014 at 11:51 am

The game has changed for Donohue, not that he's going to figure it out any time soon. It's not LGBT folks he's up against, it's business leaders. In AZ, they made it clear that they won't stand for customer perceptions that they might be turned away at random. They also said "hell, no" to the state intruding in HR practices by letting employees walk away from their jobs.

Tom_in_CA February 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm

It's so amazing. Donohue never once answered Cuomo's questions.

xenubarb February 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-799270776"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(799270776)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fthenewcivilrightsmovement.com%2Freligious-rights-on-collision-course-with-gay-rights-rants-catholic-activist-video%2Fpolitics%2F2014%2F02%2F27%2F83742%23.Uw_VO_ldVm4#IDComment799270776&t=I%20just%20commented%20on%20Religious%20Rights%20On%20%E2%80%98Collision%20Course%20With%20Gay%20Rights%E2%80%99%20Rants%20Catholic%20Activist%20(Video)%20%7C%20The%20New%20Civil%20Rights%20Movement&quot; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(799270776)">Close MessageThat poor old man…he is a vile bigot determined to intrude where he has no business being, other people's sex lives.

And ya know…that Prop 8 thing was vastly helped along in California by a certain religion out of Utah.

Ya know what else? I think we need a legal definition of what constitutes "religious rights.' Like, you have the right to worship. You have the right to teach your children your particular flavor of superstition. What you DON'T have the right to do, in my opinion, is force your religious crap, statues, books, teachings, beliefs on secular society.

So let's define "religious right" and quit wasting time on bills meant to punish people your superstition doesn't approve of. Or bills meant to make it easier for YOUR religion to teach your stuff to my kids in a public school.

Once we get that out of the way, the GOPtards will have to find some other way to avoid doing the jobs they were elected to do.

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