Catholic League president: Atheists ‘out there to get us’

Catholic League president: Atheists ‘out there to get us’

Posted By David Edwards and Daniel Tencer On August 31, 2009 @ 10:39 am

Compares Penn & Teller to Nazis

Catholic League President Bill Donohue presented a paranoid side of his personality to Fox News Monday morning, declaring that “militant, dogmatic” atheists are “out to get” Catholics and dismantle American society.

“I’m talking about the extremists within [liberal] ranks who have become very, very vocal,” Donohue said. “And over the last several decades what we’ve seen is an all-out assault. This kind of new atheism. This militant dogmatic fundamentalist atheism out there to get us.”

Donohue appeared on Fox & Friends to talk about his new book, Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America.

Donohue, whose Catholic League represents an estimated 350,000 Catholics, also went on the attack against “disaffected” Christians.

“And not just atheists — I’m talking about people who are disaffected Catholics and Protestants who are mutineers within their own religion, trying to change things,” Donohue argued.

“Whatever you might say about the Marxists, they wanted to tear down society to put something new in,” Donohue said. “But the new radicals are the nihilists, all they want to do is tear down the cultural edifice of American society. They are intellectually spent, they have nothing to offer.”


Donohue also discussed a recent episode of the Showtime series Penn & Teller: Bullshit! that focuses on the history of the Catholic Church, and in which Penn Jillette concludes: “If your morality is governed by anything personal, ethical, rational or humanitarian, then the Vatican is bullshit.”

“This was the most Nazi-like assault,” Donohue said. “The most unrelenting half an hour of bashing I’ve ever seen.”

The Nazi comparison appears to be Donohue’s theme for his publicity battle with Penn & Teller, which he blames on CBS, as it owns Showtime, the network that airs Penn & Teller’s show.

“The Nazis couldn’t have done better,” Donohue said in a statement. “Having been in this job for over 16 years, I have never seen a more defamatory, obscene and vicious show on TV.”
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