Conservative Catholic Group Blasts Maher
Lapsed Catholic Bill Maher has drawn the wrath of the nation's largest Catholic lay group, the Catholic League, which has accused him of making vile and obscene attacks on the church. In a letter to Time Warner, whose HBO carries Maher's Real Time series, Catholic League President Bill Donohue wrote that Maher's anti-Catholic bigotry is not merely visceral, it is relentless. He called on Time Warner execs to sit down and have a serious talk with this man. In recent weeks, Maher criticized the massive coverage of the new Pope. I've just about had it with the press squealing in delight at every mundane thing the new Pope does, he said, adding that the pontiff really has been handed an easy job. All the Pope does is talk, and everything you say is right by definition. And you're there for life, talk about tenure! And what other business could you be in where your company gets caught running a child sex ring since forever, and you still keep your customers? Donohue called Maher's remarks vicious beyond belief, his remarks would be condemned -- indeed he would be fired -- if directed at any other demographic group. [Donohue himself has said, Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular.) He added, Over and over again he libels priests, portraying all of them as sexual abusers. And he does so with impunity.