Bill Donohue: NYT Defends Muslim Rights, Trashes Catholics

The New York Times is adamant about protecting the rights of Muslims while routinely bashing Catholics, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Donohue was incensed by a Times editorial that criticized Pamela Geller, who spearheaded the controversial “Draw the Prophet” contest in Texas — an event at which two Islamic State (ISIS) sympathizers were shot dead after opening fire.

The newspaper said the contest “was not really about free speech. It was an exercise in bigotry and hatred posing as a blow for freedom.”

Geller, The Times said, “has a long history of declarations and actions motivated purely by hatred for Muslims” and “revels in assailing Islam in terms reminiscent of virulent racism or anti-Semitism.”

“The New York Times went ballistic . . . They went bonkers protecting Muslims,” said Donohue on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV on Friday.

But, he continued, “they’ve defended every vile depiction against my religion”…

Video at the link. He’s right. On May 6 an NYT columnist wrote a piece entitled ‘Catholicism Undervalues Women:’

Like a Pringles vendor sounding an alarm about obesity, Pope Francis fashioned himself a feminist last week.

You are not reading The Onion.

It was an epic mismatch of messenger and message, and I say that as someone who is thankful for this pope, admires him greatly and believes that a change of tone even without a change in teaching has meaning and warrants celebration.

But a change of tone in defiance of fact should be flagged (and flogged) as such. And neither Pope Francis nor any other top official in the bastion of male entitlement known as the Vatican can credibly assert concern about parity between the sexes. Their own kitchen is much too messy for them to call out the ketchup smudges in anybody else’s.

Francis actually went beyond concern. He vented outrage, calling it a “pure scandal” that women didn’t receive equal pay for equal work.

He left out the part about women in the Roman Catholic Church not even getting a shot at equal work. Pay isn’t the primary issue when you’re barred from certain positions and profoundly underrepresented in others…

…Let’s be clear. For all the remarkable service that the Catholic Church performs, it is one of the world’s dominant and most unshakable patriarchies, with tenets that don’t abet equality…