Saying "Mexican" rather than "Hispanic," asserting that the majority of welfare recipients are black, or suggesting that most terrorists are of Muslim descent are remarks often characterized as racist or derogatory. But associating Catholics with pedophiles and referring to communion as a "barbaric ritual" is, apparently, politically correct, at least, according to some standards.
In a letter dated Tuesday, conservative leaders demanded that Huffington Post publisher Arianna Huffington apologize for allowing a February 24 column, entitled "The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum," to be published on the website’s Comedy page. In the post, Larry Doyle (photo), a former writer and producer for The Simpsons, delivered a cluster of vicious allegations, including one charge indicating that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s Catholic religion is a "tactical arm" of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
The conservative leaders' letter continued, "Larry Doyle's recent anti-Catholic screed in the Huffington Post, 'The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum,' is bigoted and unacceptable, and a perfect example of 'flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric' " that Ms. Huffington promised to avoid when she established the website in 2005. The group added, "[Doyle's] column should be taken off your site, and you should issue an apology for ever publishing such trash."
Epitomizing the Catholic Mass as a "barbaric ritual," Doyle wrote that "a black-robed cleric casts a spell over some bread and wine, transfiguring it into the actual living flesh and blood of their Christ. Followers then line up to eat the Jesus meat and drink his holy blood in a cannibalistic reverie not often seen outside Cinemax." He continued:
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