In the Chocolate Jesus Affair Donohue was a veritable ranging lion of Christ:
<a href="http://www.catholicleague.org/catalyst.php?year=2007&month=May&read=2223"All those involved are lucky that angry Christians don't react the way extremist Muslims do when they're offended–otherwise they may have more than their heads cut off.
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword, indeed.
In the Cracker Kerfluffle, however, Donohue can’t seem to make up his mind about whether he is a raging lion of Christ:
“Myers went on Houston radio station KPFT last night saying that Bill Donohue has ‘declared a fatwa’ against him. He should know better–I don’t need others to do the fighting for me. I’m quite good at it myself. But he’d better be careful what he says, because if I get any death threats, it won’t be hard to connect the dots.
or a weak lamb of Jesus:
“As a result of the hysteria that Myers’ ilk have promoted, at least one public official is taking it seriously. Thomas E. Foley is chairman of Virginia’s First Congressional District Republican Committee, a delegate to the Republican National Convention and one of two Republican at large nominees for Virginia’s Electoral College. His concern is for the safety of Catholics attending this year’s Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Myers’ backyard. Accordingly, Foley has asked the top GOP brass to provide additional security while in the Twin Cities so that Catholics can worship without fear of violence. Given the vitriol we have experienced for simply exercising our First Amendment right to freedom of speech, we support Foley’s request [bold mine – afarensis].
In that PZ was simply exercising his right to free speech, the irony of that last comment cracks me up. Especially, because I am not sure how PZ saying rude things about Donohoe’s cracker violates Donohoe’s right to free speech. Donohoe can say whatever he wants about his cracker, what he can’t do is stiffle the speech of others who think that his cracker is fair game for the same kind of rational thought and criticism that gets applied to everything else.