To Bill Donahue: FUCK Jesus
Bill Donahue of the Catholic League (yes, that Catholic League) is, as usual, all bent out of shape. Donahue is upset about ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson’s comments during a celebrity roast (roast, y’know, those events where people are encouraged to make edgy comments). Jacobson, reportedly intoxicated at the time, exclaimed “Fuck Notre Dame”, “Fuck Touchdown Jesus”, and “Fuck Jesus”. Donahue is also upset because he does not think that ESPN and Jacobson have done enough to address the situation. According to Donahue, a formal apology from Jacobson and a one-week suspension from ESPN “fails on several counts” to address what he views as hate speech.
Donahue compared Jacobson’s remarks to racist and anti-Semitic remarks. What a ridiculous comparison. How does scorning Jesus constitute a hate crime? Who is being hated here? At most, it is Jesus who is being hated. Is Jacobson not allowed to have and express her own opinions on Jesus? The US is a secular nation. Ergo, the mythology of Jesus is not assured any sort of special status over other mythologies or other people, living or dead.
When one says “nigger” or “kyke” they are slandering an entire group of people on the basis of their uncontrollable racial group. When one criticizes Jesus, they do no such thing. No one is forced to become emotionally attached to a religious tale. If people and communities want to foolishly attach themselves to their beliefs that’s their right, but this does not mean that others should have to limit their freedom of speech in consequence.
Hat Tip: Dispatches from the Culture Wars