Bringing Abortion Out of the Closet

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It looks like the Catholic League is slithering out of the closet again.

The Catholic League is the worst of the worst who represent the Catholic Church.  Ideologically, they hail from the bad old days, when everyone named Goldberg or Lieberman had hands that were literally, personally considered to be soaked in the blood of Christ.  The League has been an active force in trying to suppress art and expression that they considered to be "anti-Catholic," which is defined extremely broadly.  The sheer slavering paranoia of the Catholic League on virtually all fronts of the "culture wars" can be summed up by a single, infamous quote by League President William Donohue from an appearance on Scarborough Country in 2004:

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Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It's not a secret, okay? And I'm not afraid to say it. ... Hollywood likes anal sex. They like to see the public square without nativity scenes. I like families. I like children. They like abortions. I believe in traditional values and restraint. They believe in libertinism. We have nothing in common. But you know what? The culture war has been ongoing for a long time. Their side has lost.

Yes, it's those fucking abortion-loving homo Jews that are responsible for everything.

What Donohue and his crowd are pissed off about now is a billboard by a local storage company in NYC, Manhattan Mini Storage, who have a reputation for puckish billboard ads, often with liberal political messages.  Their latest one is a picture of a clothes hanger with the words, "Your closet space is shrinking as fast as her right to choose." 

Needless to say, the Catholic League is in a tizzy:

"These billboards, we think they're absolutely disgusting," said Kiera McCaffrey of the Catholic League.

"Or one thing, it's strange enough that this company feels the need to advertise their pro-abortion stance on their billboards for mini-storage units, but the fact that they have to do it in so vile a way."

I'm tempted to criticize the ads myself, because mixing politics with consumerism always seems glib, cynical, and trivializing of the issues at hand.  But watching the League clutch their collective pearls makes me want to go right downtown and rent from Manhattan Mini. 

And I also have to wonder, what's "vile" about the ad, especially when you run down a list of quotes from William Donohue and see what the Catholic League considers to be compatible with Christian charity to see that Mr. Donohue and his cohort need to to take a careful look at the plank in their own eye before agonizing over the speck in their neighbors'.  The quote above, while one of Donohue's most famous, is hardly unique.  And the propaganda put out by anti-choicers, Catholic League or otherwise, revels in sadistic images of mutilated miscarriages and shows an utter disregard for women's health, safety, or intellectual capabilities by masquerading blatant lies (e.g., that abortion causes cancer) as sexual information.  Whatever the flaws of Manhattan Mini's media approach, they have a long way to go before they rack up a vileness score equal to the Catholic League's.