The Bile Of Bill Donohue

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.