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Bill Donohue: Atheists More Likely to Suffer Mental Illness

By    |   Wednesday, 03 December 2014 04:07 PM

Atheists and agnostics are more likely to suffer from mental illnesses than those who believe in God, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

"We prize the virtue of restraint. We understand the cardinal virtue of temperance. They believe that freedom is license to do whatever you want," Donohue said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They don't like the three dreaded words in the English language we got from our Jewish friends, thou shalt not. They don't want to be told anything, which is why they die prematurely, they're unhappy.

"That's why we have disproportionate numbers of agnostic and atheists in the asylum. All of this is true."

Donohue said radical atheists and agnostics pose a threat to American values by trying to "stick it to us" in opposing the religious symbols and activities seen in daily life — what he calls a "middle finger in the face of Christians."

And mentally and physically, they suffer for it, Donohue added.

"You take a look at people who are secularists and you compare them to people of faith. There's a huge difference when it turns to health and happiness … Mental health, physical health and happiness," he said.

"Now look, they've got to work it out, fine, I'll help pay for the therapy just keep your hands, your mitts, off the Catholics during Christmas."

Donohue also slammed what he believes is the hypocrisy of atheists and agnostics.

"The funny thing about it is they'll say they're against all religions. That's not true. You'll never see them taking on Muslims, ever, ever, ever, and they like to go after Christians at Christmastime," Donohue said.

"I don't care if people disagree. Do so respectfully, but we have to put up with this kind of taunting that goes on, but we have a little answer for them this year."

This year, the Catholic League has placed a billboard in New York City's Times Square that reads:

"Not all Christian haters are equal: Abroad we're beheaded. At home we're bashed. The differences are profound; so are the similarities. Have a peaceful and joyous Christmas, Catholic League."

Donohue said his beliefs on the mental health of atheists and agnostics are addressed in detail in his upcoming book, "The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful," to be published in March by Image.

He said the sign is not targeting everybody who disagrees with Christian and Catholic values.

"I am obviously not going to equate people who bash us in radio and television or in the media in general, the entertainment industry with people who are going to behead us, but you know, Christians, Catholics in particular are fed up with being bashed with impunity," Donohue said.

"What is this all about? It's all about hate speech and I'm just asking to get a little bit of a reality check. I know there's a big difference between people who act violently and those who act without violence."

Still, Donohue said he was particularly incensed by a recent Comedy Central skit, involving comedian Daniel Tosh.

"He said that this was asked for by the executives of Comedy Central, to trash Jesus," Donohue said.

"I don't even want to describe what they used. I can use words like feces and semen. This is in reference to Baby Jesus and to put him through a meat grinder.

"And they said this is what they wanted at Comedy Central. Why would you intentionally insult people at Christmastime? Unless there's something wrong with you or they're evil."

Founded in 1973, Donohue's organization is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Its stated goal is "to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened."

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