'Sexpert' Dan Savage's Pope Attack Draws Catholic League Response

Friday, 22 Feb 2013 02:31 PM

By Michael Mullins

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MTV "sexpert" and gay activist Dan Savage, an anti-Catholic zealot, has intensified his attacks on Pope Benedict XVI in light of the pontiff's pending resignation and retirement. The Catholic League has called Savage's action "vile."

In a post entitled "That Motherf****** Power-Hungry, Self-Aggrandized Bigot In the Stupid F****** Hat Announces His Retirement," Savage distilled his feelings in two sentences.

"Did Pope Benedict use his safe word or did the Catholic laity use theirs? Either way, the world's longest-running Dom/sub scene is on hold," Savage said. "In a just world, of course, Joseph Ratzinger would be stepping down in the wake of his indictment."

The post, published published Feb. 11, flew under the radar for a while until News Busters featured it earlier this week.

Upon hearing about the piece, The Catholic League, the United States' largest Catholic civil rights organization, responded on Thursday.

"Unable to mount a rational critique of Pope Benedict XVI, (Dan Savage) settled for writing a headline that was almost as long as his 'story.' Savage has a long history of trashing Catholicism, and he not only does it with impunity, he is rewarded for it," Catholic League President Bill Donohue wrote. "To wit: In 2011, he was invited to a White House reception for homosexuals. He said he arrived with his husband (would that make him the guy’s wife?)."

Donohue said the media attention Savage garners allows him to get away with his controversial rants.

"Savage gets away with his vile rants against Catholicism because he knows he can," Donohue said. "Let’s face it, most of the mainstream media are as pro-gay as they are anti-Catholic. It really isn’t any more complicated than this."

The Catholic League president also noted that Savage used an almost identical headline last December, when he wrote about the Pope joining Twitter. Savage substituted "Joins Twitter" for the last three words of his February post.

Savage, 48, like Donohue, 65, had an Irish-Catholic upbringing. Unlike Donohue, however, he considers himself an atheist.

No stranger to controversy, Savage previously bashed the Bible in "profanity-laced" speech to high-school students and called those who walked out "pansy-assed," News Busters reported.

Ironically, Savage has been a leading voice in the anti-bullying campaign that defends gay youths.

News Busters reported that on a separate occasion, Savage said America’s religious leaders "stand on the graves of dead gay kids." In his book "Savage Love," a compilation of his columns, the gay activist promotes "heterosexual bashing, non-monogamous relationships, drugs, prostitution, and child molestation fantasies."

President Barack Obama invited Savage to attend an anti-bullying event at the White House in 2010. Savage has also appeared on shows like HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" and CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."


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Catholic Bashing Made Easy

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