Donohue on Hagee: “Biggest Anti-Catholic Bigot”

Glenn Greenwald interviews professionally outraged Catholic League President Bill Donahue. Donahue was last seen trying to get two Edwards campaign staffers fired for comments they’d authored on their blogs before being hired by Edwards. Apparently Donahue is now focusing his ire on John McCain’s new best friend, John Hagee.

In the interview, Donohue made some extraordinary statements. He compared Hagee both to Louis Farrakhan and Bob Jones, but noted: “Hagee is far more powerful than Farrakhan is today. . . . Hagee is a major player. There’s no end to his money. He has an empire down there.” Regarding the intense 2000 media controversy when then-Gov. George Bush spoke at Bob Jones University, Donohue said:

Why were they so exercised about Bob Jones? This is worse. . . . If someone said to me: who is the biggest anti-Catholic bigot in the evangelical community, I would say: hands down, John Hagee.

According to Donohue, Hagee has “made a lot of money off bashing the Catholic Church and blames Catholics for the Holocaust.” What does it say about McCain that he would embrace such a figure? “This doesn’t speak well for him. He’s tolerating an endorsement by an inveterate bigot, and it’s been brought to his attention.”

It’s good to know that there are worse anti-Catholic bigots than Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan after all. Let’s see if the media pays attention to Donohue this time around…

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