Today Is International Blasphemy Rights Day And Catholic League Blowhard Bill Donohue Is Very Unhappy

Bill Donohue writes for Brent Bozell’s CNSnews.com:

Friday is International Blasphemy Rights Day. On paper, its stated goal appears eminently worth defending: it is opposed to laws, such as those in Muslim-run nations, that punish the free speech rights of those who criticize religion.

For example, it says, “Sometimes religious militants make their own laws, deciding for themselves that expressions of dissent justify brutal killings, like the grisly murders of secularists in Bangladesh, or attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan.”

No one could reasonably argue with this assessment. But upon closer examination, it is clear that those who sponsor this event are not friends of liberty: they are rabidly opposed to religion, harboring a special hatred of Catholicism. In short, the whole project is a farce.

The Christian Today disagrees:

It’s International Blasphemy Day on Friday. Initiated by the New York-based Center for Inquiry in 2009 in the wake of the Danish Muhammad cartoons controversy, it’s designed to press home the need for everyone to be able to say what they like about religion without fear of being punished for it.

Forget for a moment that it was started by an atheist organisation. Forget that blasphemy and mockery directed against the God in whom we believe hurts and stings. This is something all Christians should support. No idea, no argument and no religion should be beyond criticism. That’s how it is tested and refined, and how it becomes stronger. Sometimes criticism is hostile and abusive. And yes, it hurts when sacred things are sneered at by people who don’t understand them and don’t value them.

But the question is how we respond to these attacks. It shouldn’t be by trying to stop them. Instead, we should answer with grace, patience and wisdom. We shouldn’t try to stifle them through using the law. And while we can be robust in rebutting serious criticism, we should never respond with resentment or bitterness.

God does not need us to be angry on his behalf. All too often, that’s just a sign of our our insecurity. Instead, he needs us to witness to his loving grace. We need to be confident enough not to care about blasphemy. God can look after himself.

RELATED: Brent Bozell is best known here for his 2011 appearance on Fox News when he declared that President Obama “looks like a skinny ghetto crackhead.”

  • Blake Mason

    I forgot to order the cake.

  • PickyPecker

    JOE! Can we have an open thread to celebrate Int’l Blasphemy day??? Can we, huh?

  • LackofFaithify

    Jesus, if he even existed, was short, brown and probably gay. I mean, Mary M. was his hag and the rest of the people he hobo’d around with were guys. I think that counts as blasphemy. Hail Satan!

    • MrSkippy

      Or as I put it: “That dude hung out with 12 dudes and a hooker!”

      • LackofFaithify

        They followed him around because he was hung…on a cross! Rim shot. I do like the thought of making a sitcom called “12 Dudes and a Hooker.”

        • Also, 33 and still not married? Please. (And ummm Tim Tebow, that goes for you too!)

          • Paula

            I hear that Tim is playing with balls, using hard bats and hitting a lot of home runs now.

          • james1200

            Tebow is waiting for the right girl. You know, someone who loves Jesus the way he does, wants to have lots of children and is about 6’2″, 200 pounds of solid muscle and hung.

          • LackofFaithify

            Proof of the hung part?

          • james1200

            I think this lady would be perfect. She’s obviously religious and hung but she might be a little too hairy for Tebow. Some ladies have an issue with too much body hair.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5e4f668216256ebce80a02fa3397dd5c2a1702e7bb023bb64a2ac7afe0b3462.jpg

    • Paula

      I have read that outside of the buybull there is only reference to jeebus actually existing. That was an obscure reference in a Roman document that said that this Christ is causing trouble in Judea.
      I don’t know if that is true or not. Sounds reasonable. I am not a buybull scholar.

      • LackofFaithify

        Well, and though it is obviously not at all historically accurate, on this point Jesus Christ Superstar was on the ball: “You Jews produce Messiahs by the sack full.” Rome, of course, would only put up with that sort of open rebellion until 72 AD. Then came the Legions.

      • RoFaWh

        There are a few references in Josephus, but scholars are generally of the opinion that these were later interpolations to shore up xtianity’s various claims. The evidence is that early quotes of the relevant sections of Josephus don’t include the relevant passages.

      • penpal

        You should read “Zealot” by Reza Aslan. It’s very eye opening and paints a vivid picture of Jesus as he probably lived (and the author does believe he existed, as a man), within researched historical context. It also interprets biblical writings and what they meant to their original audience. Really, really fascinating stuff, especially for anyone who grew up in a religious household that just took this all at its superficial face.

        • Paula

          I’ll look for that one.TY.

        • Trog

          I don’t always agree with Reza, like when he’s attacking “new atheists,” but this books sounds fascinating.

      • popebuck1

        His teachings aren’t exactly 100% original, either. You can find versions of a lot of Jesus’s most famous quotes in the writings of Hillel and Akiva, to name just the most prominent two.

      • Trog

        Check out Bart Ehrman’s books and lectures. He’s a former believer who is very smart about biblical history. I actually like his lectures on The Great Courses website (inexpensive when on sale). Really gave me a lot of context for understanding Jesus, Paul and the New Testament.

      • madknits

        There are no documents about Jesus from his own time, only things written after his death. The first extra-Biblical references that I can remember were in Josephus, but these might examples of a tampered text. Tacitus (55-117 CE) mentions him, and his are the earliest extant references, and they’re mighty spotty.

    • Christopher

      Let’s not forget he was also Jewish.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UihUqDzAJ18

  • Do Something Nice

    Bill Donohue is the very definition of blasphemy, so we should thank him for his efforts today.

    • penpal

      Taking the name of the lord in vain is something he has built his career on.

    • Todd20036

      He doesn’t think it’s possible for HIS religious to be blasphemous

      Which is something he has in common with Muslim extremists

  • i ran out of time this morning, i didn’t get to blaspheme myself…

    • Rex

      The day’s not over yet.

    • William

      It’s more fun if you blaspheme with a friend.

      • Rex

        I’m very friendly. Just sayin’

      • I did, yesterday.
        Twice.

        • William

          Well there you go! Do it again, just to be sure.

          • Even at 38, practice makes perfect, right?

          • William

            Hell, at 50, practice counts.

          • Rex

            At 58 begging and pleading helps, along with extreme gratitude.

  • Nic Peterson

    Well goddamn!

  • PickyPecker
    • LackofFaithify

      God needs to be given trigger warnings ahead of time. He gets all pissy and apocalyptic if not.

      https://youtu.be/3oH0ReL3Cew?t=18

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    • Smokey
      • razajac

        Here in Taiwan, there’s a super-rich holiday soup called “δ½›θ·³ε’™”, which literally means “Buddha Jumps the Wall”. The idea is that the soup is so good that even the unattached Buddha would jump over the wall to have some.

        I always felt this was in the vein of Chesterton’s observation: God “will not” be mocked, but only because god’s got a sense of humor, and jokes like this only serve to shed light on truth. In fact, that’s what makes them funny!

  • Rex

    If it makes Bill Donohue unhappy – I’m in.

  • PickyPecker
    • Oikos

      Love this!

  • bkmn
  • JT

    Fat Bill playing the victim yet again, this time on a Brent Bozo website. What could be funnier?

  • Phil

    Nowhere in the U.S. is there an enforceable law on the books against blasphemy. What’s blasphemy to one person is a central tenet of faith to another. In a nation where there is freedom of and from religion, Donahue’s viewpoint is simply that, one viewpoint. Just because he thinks he’s holier than thou (despite being a divorced Catholic) doesn’t give his viewpoint anymore weight than anyone else’s.

  • PickyPecker
  • james1200

    I wasn’t planning on committing sodomy with multiple men on the pew in a church on my home today but now, they’re leaving me no choice.

  • Donanue and his ilk only believe in religious freedom for themselves, not for anyone else.

    • RoFaWh

      They don’t even believe in religious freedom for themselves. They’ve got this “pope” in Rome who tells them what to believe and do, and what not to. No backtalk allowed.

      Keep in mind the the horrors of the Inquisition.

  • Rex

    More concise title than Religious Nutcase Butt Hurt Day.

  • Sam_Handwich

    #hamhead

  • TuuxKabin

    My message to ol’ Donothole, thank you bkm, this morning:

    [email protected]

    “It’s International Blasphemy Day on Friday. So jesus fucking christ on the virgin’s half shell, let’s have a goddamn hell of a blast!”

    • johncAtl

      I can’t wait to see what you tell Bill after you’ve had a little tequila for lunch.

      • TuuxKabin

        Wha’ you talkin’, ‘a little tequila’ . . . ?

        The message’s already has been sent. He never replies, funny thing, that.

  • EweTaw

    Jesus creeping shit! Donahue needs to get pooned in the butt with a Jesus dildo.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • Lazycrockett
  • PickyPecker
  • bryan

    Blasphemy is a victimless crime.

  • Gustav2

    “I support anyone blaspheming against any religion but my own.” writes Bill Donohue.

  • Stubenville
  • RoFaWh

    Dear Bill Donohue:

    It’s not that the proponents of IBRD are particularly opposed to catholicism. It’s that catholicism includes within its adherents a man who is pathologically sensitive to any trivial event that can be construed as anti-catholic.

    That man is you.

    Thank you for paying attention to this message.

    signed, The JMG Commentariat

    • Gustav2

      “Daddy, Sister says every time gays kiss an angel loses it’s wings!”

    • zhera

      Dear Bill Donohue:

      If your mighty God has a problem with blasphemy, let him deal with it. Smiting, flooding, plagues, lightening. whatever he can think of.

      If your God can’t be bothered, why can you?

      signed,
      zhera

  • Oikos
  • mikeinrkfd

    Bill is a blasphemer.

  • Oikos
  • Pollos Hermanos
    • William

      My bedroom is positively dreary in comparison.

  • Rex

    Instead of saying grace at dinner tonight, I’m gonna take a knee.

    • ByronK

      Why stop at one?

      • Rex

        Care to stop by?

  • Oikos
  • Oikos
  • Oikos
  • Oikos
  • Oikos
  • Christopher
  • Christopher
  • Christopher
  • Christopher
  • Steverino

    Bloated Bill bloviating over blasphemy, blastocysts, and unbelievers, as usual.

  • bmedle

    ” …such as those in Muslim-run nations…” I dunno, The Vatican is a sovereign nation, and I’d be surprised if they didn’t have such laws. But it’s only the Muslims (and Islam in general) that can be criticized. Bill, your church is full of sexual predators. What do you think of that?

    Why, blasphemous, of course!

    • Christopher

      “Wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing saviour.”

      The best kind of saviour because they can be unplugged.

    • Craig Howell

      Who knew–Jesus can shimmy as well as Hil!

  • 2patricius2

    “God does not need us to be angry on his behalf. All too often, that’s just a sign of our our insecurity…”

    If Bill really believed in his god, he would not get so angry. His anger is a sign he believes his god is powerless and insecure.

    • popebuck1

      You can count on it. These guys obsessively check the net for references to themselves.

      • Reality.Bites

        And these days for Bill that pretty much means just checking here. Since the St Patrick’s folks stood up to him he has nothing left

  • Steverino

    It’s also a Black Moon today.

  • Rich

    Well goddamn, Jesus Christ on Mohammad’s dick!

    • Rich

      Or is that too far? πŸ™‚

      • Christopher

        No Fatwa issued, you’re good!

      • How long is Mohammad’s dick?

        • madknits

          It is said of Mohammad’s family that their noses drank before their lips. Does nose size indicate anything, like, you know, hand size or foot size?

          • jmax

            Not in my experience : )

  • ByronK
  • Fuck your St. Theresa of Calcutta with a splintery crutch.

  • Bill T.

    To Porkemada, every day is International Blasphemy Rights Day.

  • Paula

    It’s o.k., Bill, just drink another fifth of good Irish whisky and you won’t be so troubled.

  • Robert Conner
    • jmax

      Is God circumcised? How did that happen?

      • Robert Conner

        Yahweh’s Jewish.

        • jmax

          Missed my invite to that bar mitzvah.

      • Gianni

        Jesus was circumcised. I don’t know about God, the Father. I don’t believe that heavenly spirits have sex organs. Can someone clarify?

  • popebuck1

    You know, Bill, most of the attacks on Catholicism over the centuries have come from other Christians, not from atheists or Muslims or Jews or Hindus or anyone else. The founding fathers put the First Amendment into the Constitution not to protect Christians from attacks by atheists (who have never been a significant enough population to make much of a political impact in America) – it was there to protect all those good, devout Christians from EACH OTHER.

    • Friday

      Which is part of why the Christianists are outraged that this actually does apply to the ‘Hindoo, the Mohametan, and the ‘Infidels of Every Denomination’ as the Founders said. πŸ™‚ When the Protestants want to attack Catholics they accuse them of being Pagans, and the Catholics dutifully smear (And ‘blaspheme’) against everyone else’s religion to prove how ‘righteous’ they are.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Religion is a choice. Together, we can find the cure.

    • Friday

      That doesn’t scan, actually, you know. πŸ™‚

    • ECarpenter

      It’s more of a cultural virus than a choice.

  • grada3784

    Bill:

    It isn’t all about you and your religion.

  • Christopher
    • Statistics Palin

      So, we have less on God than we have on Trump.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Acronym Jim

    Shorter Bill Donuthue: “Blasphemy me for thee, but not for me.”

  • Christopher
  • Clive Johnson
    • Christopher

      Freddie could do better!

  • Canadian Observer

    International Blasphemy Day? About damn time, so I can finally post:
    Madonna Sucks
    Streisand Sucks
    Rufus Wainwright Sucks
    Game of Thrones Sucks
    Any Broadway Musical ever performed Sucks
    Disco (still) Sucks
    Britney Sucks
    Adele Sucks
    AbFab Sucks
    ABBA Sucks
    … and for the benefit of the Pastafarians… I am having rice for dinner tonight, Pasta Sucks.
    DAMN, felt good to get that off my chest.

    • Gianni

      You apparently had a blasphemy overload.

  • greenmanTN

    I live in a part of the country where you can’t fling a dead cat without hitting a church, and I was raised in a church, but for whatever reason religion didn’t take for me.

    “OK, so wait minute, there is this almighty entity which created the earth and the universe in 7 days out of nothing, but he’s so emotionally needy that he needs all of us to keep telling him how great he is? Wouldn’t that be a little like me having an ant farm and demanding that either they worship me or I’ll drown the little fuckers?”

    Not a popular opinion in TN.

    https://youtu.be/k7sF4JzjwTg

  • Porkie

    Dear Bill,
    Blasphemy would be no fun without someone to get all hot under the collar. Thank-you for being there for us.

  • argeejay

    What’s Blowhard Bill’s problem now??

  • stuckinthewoods
  • greenmanTN

    One man is not a “league.” A legion perhaps, but not a league.

  • Friday

    In other words the Christianists want ‘blasphemy laws’ and terroristic abuses, too, especially if their rival monotheists attack mostly non-monotheists, too, so they can be ‘graceful’ about looking the other way. Unless they want to use Muslims to justify their abuses over the exact same things here by pointing fingers.

    Anyway, no, Bill, it’s not about some ‘special hatred of Catholicism.’ You just mistake how people treat *you* and your bishop masters when you’re *virulently nasty* for someone just randomly hating on ‘Catholics.’

    Try being a human being once in a while, instead of a hate-nozzle, (Also maybe get the fuck out of *bed* with the Christian Right *Protesants?* They *do* hate Catholicism, too, especially when you aren’t serving their hate against others too,) you might see different.

  • IamM

    Blasphemy rights aka freedom of religion and free speech.

    • Friday

      (Though there’s a difference between being free to do something and deciding it’s somehow a good idea to try desecrating things sacred to others: of course it’s the monotheists that are the big ones on that in the first place, but manners don’t hurt. As a member of a minority faith I do get pretty tired of Atheists thinking ‘Hey, let’s take cheap shots of disrespect at other oppressed minorities, that’ll show them monotheists.’

      In Pagan religion, for instance, we don’t require profession of belief, that doesn’t mean it’s actually cool to walk in knocking shit over or riffing on ‘satanic’ disinfo in *our* business, or starting to demand no one acts religious in our own ceremonies. (I mean, whoa.) People often mistake our flexibility and forebearance for a lack of limits. Or noticing.

      Sometimes people mistake trashing everything, never mind ‘Let’s you and them fight’ for something good, let’s say. Some of these ‘blasphemy laws’ are about (and usually end up being about) one religion suppressing all others, like in Russia, …but in some countries it’s also supposed to be about people turning up from elsewhere trying to pick fights.

  • Friday

    Funny enough, *my* religion doesn’t need to ‘blaspheme’ yer God figures there, Bill. (Seems to be you monotheists who think that’s a thing in the first place.) Criticize yer *religion?* Sure, till you get it out from up in my face and government, …expect it.

    Why these people who lie about my own *life* (not to mention my own religion, if it comes up) to my face all the time, think I’m going to turn around and believe either in their God or their book or their claims to know better than anyone else how the Universe works…. Well, no.

    Any Christian or Muslim who mistakes that for ‘Blaspheming their God’ though, well, they think too much of themselves in the first place.

  • BlueberriesForMe

    “God does not need us to be angry on his behalf.”.
    This is Olympic medal disconnect right here.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Fuck you with the Pope’s miter, Bill.

    • The_Wretched

      The miter is his hat. Did you mean crosier?

      • TheManicMechanic

        I actually meant the hat. I guess you can add the crosier as well. And the canticle, the vestibule, the rectory, whatever else you can cram in. πŸ˜‰

        • McSwagg

          I hear beads are popular in catholic circles.

        • Robert Conner

          And the altar. Let’s not forget the altar!

        • The_Wretched

          My favorite scene in the Austin Powers franchise is the tent silhouette where the lady of the movie is apparently removing an endless series of objects from Austin’s keester.

        • Gianni

          πŸ˜€ That should about cover it. πŸ™‚

  • Your particular god or goddess is of no importance to me. Stop bothering me about your superstitions.

    • Friday

      When was the last time someone bothered you about any but one particular God?

  • kaydenpat

    Anything that makes this Dude so angry is alright with me.

  • Will Parkinson

    Nah. I hate all religions equally. Much simpler that way.

    • Friday

      Those big monotheist religions like ‘I hate everyone else’ that simple, too. (Funny how it never works out that way.)

  • David
    • BearEyes

      So jesus was a butt baby?

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        His middle name was Frottage.

  • David in Tucson

    Is Donohue Todd Starnes’ first cousin? Why can’t these blowhards get glasses that fit?

    • Bj Lincoln

      The measurements are for the eyes not their fat heads so their glasses appear to be too small and dig into the sides of their heads.

    • Robert Conner

      Actually the glasses are fine. It’s the head that’s on crooked.

  • greenmanTN

    Two punchlines to the same joke.

    Jesus’ last words?

    “I can see my house from here!”

    or

    “OWWWW!”

  • NZArtist

    One invisible-friend-believer is just as nutty as the next.
    There are no gods, or pixies, or elves, or ghosts, or goblins. Santa is as real as Satan. The moon is not full of marmalade.
    If you believe any of the above you’re delusional. It’s just made-up shit – it’s not real.
    Also: Fuck the pope’s mother with a horse-cock.

    • Friday

      You may find your assertions less insulting to some than others, by the way. But in some cases that’s cause you aren’t bothering to think hard enough about any culture but the one you’re ‘against.’

      • NZArtist

        I’m just against idiots with imaginary friends.
        There are no ghosties or ghoulies, gods or pixies, elves or goblins.
        The moon isn’t full of marmalade. And so on.
        It’s just made-up shit that delusional people believe.

        • Friday

          *sigh.* So sophisticated, there.

  • Vista-Cruiser

    “But all I said to my wife was, ‘that piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah!'”

    • cleos_mom

      Halibut would be good enough for anybody, especially grilled.

  • “Instead, we should answer with grace, patience and wisdom.”

    Not part of Donohue’s toolbox.

    • Friday

      (When those other Christianists say what they do, they mean ‘We should look the other way ‘gracefully’ as long as we aren’t pushing Christianity there.’ I mean, look at India: they go try and make converts to desecrate Hindu stuff and call it ‘evangelization’ when they ain’t anywhere near the results: it’s just to piss people off and hopefully cause enough extra suffering to promise to ‘redeem’ people from as if there weren’t enough tension there already. It’s like Teabagging religiously.) . Putin and his Christianist regime turn that around to say ‘Nobody non-Christian can even say they’re non-Christian.’ As much as anyone would want to give the Mormons the boot, they attack indigenous and Pagan people with impunity on these laws, not unlike they do to LGBT people with ‘gay propaganda laws.’)

      • RoFaWh

        The last part of your posting is bad news. In tsarist times, the Buddhists of Central Asia (the parts under Russian control) viewed the Tsar as the protector of their faith.

        • Friday

          Well, it often makes sense for monarchs: instability isn’t generally what they want, at least. Can go either way, of course, sometimes they’ll foment inter-religious strife, but then again so can sometimes democratic or pseudo-democratic regimes. Even Saddam Hussein kind of kept a lid on the sectarian stuff and the oppression the Yezidis are going through now, for instance, one reason why invading without a plan to deal with that was a colossal blunder.

  • leastyebejudged

    We get more exposure here to Donahue’s bullshit than devout Catholics do.

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  • Gerry Fisher

    Everything always turns out to be a semi-secret conspiracy against him and his kind. We have meds for that, Bill.