the Edwards Two v. the CAPS LOCK CRETINS

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The resignations of bloggers Amanda Marcotte (Pandagon) and Melissa McEwan (Shakespeare’s Sister) from John Edwards’ campaign, based on complaints about their writings from Bill Donohue (President of the Catholic League) and assorted other wingers, does not sit well with me for all sorts of reasons: protecting journalistic freedom is important, as are avoiding conservative groupthink and religious correctness.

Check out the Pandagon link for a few choice examples of the Right’s efforts to welcome women into their big tent. Amid the standard misogynistic remarks calling her “ugly” and a “stupid bitch” who “just need[s] a good fucking from a real man” was this semi-literate rant:

YOU RACIST WHORE. FAT UGLY BITCH. SUCK MY LONG COCK ASSHOLE I HOPE YOU KIDS NEVER LIVE AND YOUR PARENTS DIE A TRAGIC DEATH YOU ASSHOLE BITCH!

If you wonder what, exactly, did the Edwards Two write that got the CAPS LOCK CRETINS so upset, here is an example:

Q: What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?

A: You’d have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology.

Some may find words like that offensive, but there hardly exists a right to go through life without having one’s delicate sensibilities offended or—heaven forbid!—one’s religious beliefs questioned. Certainly don’t read blogs like The Rude Pundit (“No, this is Catholic bashing”) if you can’t handle life without FCC content restrictions. Lorraine at Progressive Historians (History Of, By, and For the People) has—what else?—a historical perspective:

If one of the Democratic candidates had hired, say, Thomas Paine to blog for them, undoubtedly Bill Donohue would have immediately trumpeted selected portions of Paine's writings-the nasty bits, the parts of his pamphlets where Paine, overcome with rage at the mass suffering he encountered-Donohue would have seen those offerings of pain, and rage, and righteous anger, as anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, anti-religion. He would have instituted a smear campaign against Paine, called for him to be fired, and whipped his believers into such a frenzy so that the mob would send Paine letters in which Christian individuals would promise to sodomize him, torture him, kill him. And Bill Donohue, good Christian that he is, would have sat back upon his sulferous [sic] throne and said, "Lo. Behold. For this is the Lord's work."

Due to its involvement in politics, Bill Donohue’s Catholic League does not deserve their tax-free charitable 501(c)(3) status, and there is a campaign underway to have it removed. Here are the IRS instructions to file a complaint form, and here is a completed example.

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