The Bile Of Bill Donohue

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 16 2012 @ 10:45am

Few things do more injury to the public image of Catholicism in this country than Bill Donohue’s creepy, regular explosions of dyspepsia. This was an instant classic:

Lesbian Dem Hilary Rosen tells Ann Romney she never worked a day in her life. Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.

No: don’t try to follow the logic. This is about some kind of stigma that should attach to non-biological children. It comes out of the anti-gay-marriage argument that children deserve a mother and a father, and that the most “natural” form of this is biological. I think stigmatizing anyone who is doing their best to bring up a child is pretty repulsive, but dividing children into adopted and biological ones is just plain perversely cruel. I am not alone in this view:

The League’s sentiments were roundly and promptly condemned by a long list of conservative, Republican and traditionalist commentators, including RNC communications director Sean Spicer (“The @CatholicLeague should be encouraging adoption, not demeaning the parents who are blessed to raise these children”); blogger Elizabeth Scalia; The American Conservative contributing editor Michael Brendan Dougherty; and Michael Potemra at National Review (“thuggishness…hateful”).

Wally Olson notes Donohue’s influential backers among the traditionalist wing of Catholicism.