Bill Donohue
Pope Bill Donohue via South Park

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, is a divorced man who has taken it upon himself to be a stalwart defender of the Catholic Church. Mr. Donohue does not approve of EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum because Feldblum is gay and gay people are “objectively disordered.” Donohue doesn’t admit his bias of course:

“She has an animus against the First Amendment right to religious liberty,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue told Bloomberg Law. “To say that we have a right to religious liberty but that it takes a back seat to gay rights that are found nowhere in the Constitution sends a very bad message to people of faith, at least of a more traditional stripe.”

I hate to tell this to Blowhard Bill but religious liberty is not in the Constitution. The First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

American jurisprudence since 1879 has held that free exercise pertains to belief, not conduct. Religious liberty to Blowhard Bill means special rights for the Catholic Church and its affiliate organizations to discriminate against people they disapprove of — even if they are doing so in the administration of taxpayer money (adoption agencies). That is not belief. That is conduct and it holds no First Amendment guarantees.

Furthermore, we all have rights to due process and equal protection; even gay people. According to the Supreme Court those rights provide for marriage equality and other things that Blowhard Bill doesn’t like. By the way, Bill likes to pretend that the Establishment Clause means something different from what it says. Sorry Bill. No special rights under law for the Church.

The Catholic League doesn’t really do very much, except to pay Blowhard Bill.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.