So Does This Make Bill Donohue and I Friends Now? Because that Would be Disappointing.

If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, what happens if that friend is your enemy? Does that make him your frienemy?

I don't know, but I guess I'm going to find out, because right wing nutjob Bill Donohue, who is both the Catholic League's president and entire membership, has denounced John McCain for being supported by an anti-Catholic bigot.

The bigot in question is John Hagee. Mustang Bobby noted his foul stench below, but now even inveterate wingnut and Republican apologist Donohue is upset.

I know, I know, it's making my head hurt too, but I swear it's true:
The president of the Catholic League today blasted Sen. John McCain for accepting the endorsement of Texas evangelicalist John Hagee, calling the controversial pastor a bigot who has "waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church."

Hagee, who is known for his crusading support of Israel, backed McCain's presidential bid Wednesday, standing next to the senator at a hotel in San Antonio and calling McCain "a man of principle."

But Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement today that Hagee has written extensively in negative ways about the Catholic Church, "calling it 'The Great Whore,' an 'apostate church,' the 'anti-Christ,' and a 'false cult system.'"

"Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee," Donohue said.
Now, granted, this is just a guy that John McCain invited to come on stage at an event in San Antonio and endorse him. It's not like he's a just-hired, mid-level staffer who never met the candidate. So I'm sure our nation's media can't be bothered to pay attention to Billy D and his outrage-a-tron. But still, they might want to give him a call, and ask him what he thinks about McCain's campaign actively courting the crazies.

For court them he has. As Dave Neiwert writes:
McCain has also campaigned with an anti-gay "Patriot" pastor who has declared among other things, that hate-crimes legislation is a “deceptive ploy of [the] liberal, homosexual agenda"; that we should prosecute adulters as criminals; that Planned Parenthood is comparable to the Nazis; and who addressed a "War on Christians" conference with the admonition: “I came to incite a riot! Man your battle stations! Ready your weapons! Lock and load!”
Will McCain repudiate Hagee? Will he reject him? Denounce him? Of course not! Hagee's a good Christian hater, and he's white. That's totally different than Louis Farrakhan, who is both African American and Muslim. You see how completely different it is? Plus, John McCain is a Republican! So this is all totally okay.

Much as I'd just love to see Timmeh reading choice quotes of Hagee to McCain at some point, it won't happen. No, in America, hatred is only hatred if it comes from the wrong sorts of people. Hagee is rich, white, male, and Christian. He's fine. And not even outrage from fellow wingnut Bill Donohue will change that in the media's eyes.

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