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Good Morning Kossacks,

I am always amazed at the breadth and depth of knowledge on this site.  I would appreciate your help in finding out more about BILL DONOHUE.

You know, this Bill Donohue.  The one who right now is engaged in an outrage with Jon Stewart which I am sure you have heard about.   As of yesterday, he threatend to boycott Jon Stewart:

Catholic League president Bill Donohue told Cenk Ugyur of The Young Turks on Thursday that he didn’t want Daily Show host Jon Stewart to be fired, he just wanted an apology.

“He has apologized for all kinds of things in the past,” Donohue said.

The Catholic League on Thursday launched a boycott against the sponsors of the Daily Show over a segment that featured “vagina mangers.” In the segment, which aired on April 16, Stewart mocked Fox News for criticizing the phrase “war on women.” He noted that the 24 hour news network had been promoting the phrase “war on Christmas” for years.


WHO IS THIS BILL DONOHUE?  For example, he is

 obsessively against gays and anal sex and, among other things, thinks that those sexually abused by the church are whiners:

(Warning: you will need a shower after listening to this; it is revolting.)

 Time we knew.  So we can disarm him in his campaign of hate.

The Catholic Bishops seem to be drunk on power, with their latest attack on women in the form of completely squashing American Women religious.

Their antipathy and hatred of anyone who is not exactly like them is breathtaking.  They are behaving like the absolute monarchists that they are and are attempting to recreate our country into their image and likeness, joining with the protestant dominionists who now control the Republican Party to establish a theocracy.

They are using the right wing media outlets in an attempt to extend their brainwashing from their flock to the citizens of this country.  Bill Donohue is their go to man to take out their trash.  

In response to the huge escalation of the culture wars by the rc hierarchy, I would like to gather together some information on one of their more vituperative mouthpieces, Bill Donohue of the catholic league.  

WHO IS BILL DONOHUE?  It is time we got to know more about him.

However, surprise, surprise, when I go to the Internet, I cannot find any personal information on him.  I have long suspected that the rc xch has and continues to scrub the Internet in its defense.  (Defense of how much money it actually has, what it does with that money, what politicians and media personalities it owns, how it treats survivors of sexual abuse, what happens to the sexual abusers who are protected in the xch, etc., etc., etc.)

So, I am calling out to all Kossacks, since you guys know a lot, could you help me create a body of information on this man, piecing it together bit by bit if that is what it takes?  Nothing like the bleaching power of sunshine:

For example,:
1) he is divorced Well, that is interesting.  For someone who so angrily tells other people whom to love and marry, he has obviously failed in this regard.  Who is his former wife?  Why did she/he get divorced?  
2) he taught at La Roche College in McCandless, Pennsylvania.  Anyone know anything about that school or know anyone who knew him as a teacher there?
3) In 1980 he received a doctorate in Sociology from New York University Know anything about him from those days?  What did he write his doctorate on?
4)  he became associated with the conservative Heritage Foundation where he is an adjunct scholar. what does he do there?  how much is he paid?
5) he is repeatedly linked with the uber conservative organization OPUS DEI is he a cooperator?  is the catholic league an opus dei mouthpiece?
6)  Who funds Catholic League? (connection to their website failed a couple of times; maybe my computer.)

OK, those are some of the questions that I am posing and certainly I am interested in all information about him.

WHO IS BILL DONOHUE?  Let's collect all our information so we can expose this man.  (Where's Anonymous when you need them?)

Thanks for all your help.

To learn more about Bill Donohue, Catholic League, Opus Dei, dominionism, etc. please go read about it at which will give you a full range of material.  Here is a list of links that may interest and inform you as well.


I am especially interested in PERSONAL INFORMATION; cannot find ANY.  This is a man without a shadow.


Have you seen/heard Bill Donohue?

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

    by SeaTurtle on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:17:13 AM PDT

  •  Frankly, (3+ / 0-)
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    who gives a damn -- Catholic church rapidly becoming irrelevant as an institution and being absorbed into radical right political closets.

    First, Serve the People - Second, Defend the Community - Always, Organize to Take Power

    by mpjh on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:24:03 AM PDT

    •  Ridiculous. The Catholic Church (2+ / 0-)
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      will likely still be around 2,000 years from now, when the United States is a distant memory known only by specialist historians.

      •  I could see the Vatican existing for another (0+ / 0-)

        2000 years as a curiosity and a historical monument centered around its library.  
        The world wide church is dying as is proper for any institution founded upon antiquated and fallacious doctrine.

        I give the church less than 500 years; hell, it could probably last that long just on its current accumulated wealth, but crumbling she is.

        •  Yes, (0+ / 0-)

          there are some people in the world living in economic fedualism, but still pretty much irrelevant to world economy.  Such will be the Catholic church's relation to secular society.

          First, Serve the People - Second, Defend the Community - Always, Organize to Take Power

          by mpjh on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:23:26 PM PDT

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  •  Who's the Catholic League? (4+ / 0-)
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    Image Hosted by
    --He's over there.

    Seriously, Randi Rhodes says he's one guy with a computer. He gets a ton of media access though.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:26:27 AM PDT

    •  Have heard Kathy Griffin use the same quote (2+ / 0-)
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      I once got an e-mail from one of his unpaid interns on something I wrote about the USCCB and Joe Paterno. I gave it not dignity of reply. Deleted the e-mail for fear it was full of viruses.
      But I guess that a lot of interns and unpaid seminarians are stuffing envelopes all day long there soliciting little old ladies for money.
      I keep hearing that he works in the same office building with Dolan, the building owned by the Archdiocese of NY ?, and near the Cardinal's official residence at 452 Madison Ave. NYC.

      just because man invented God, does not mean that God does not exist

      by MikeMcShea on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:52:15 AM PDT

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  •  Good grief. Opus Dei and the Catholic (8+ / 0-)

    Church and Donohue have nothing to do with "dominionism."

    Donohue is a crank.  He doesn't represent American Catholics any more than Rush Limbaugh could be said to generally represent American voters.

    But Donohue, like Limbaugh, is a great self-promoter.  And he sure has snookered the mainstream media.

    Donohue claims that the so-called "Catholic League" that he fronts has some 200,000 members, but I doubt the claim.  And even if he did, that would only be a tiny and reactionary slice of the more than 50 million American Catholics, most of whom vote liberal.

    In short, Donohue is a one-man blowhard who is really not worth the breathless attention of this diary.

    •  South Park did an Easter episode with Donahue. (5+ / 0-)

      The Opus Dei/Hare Club for Men//Peter Rabbit is really the rightful Pope storyline aside, It was spot on with painting a fair picture of Donahue's twisted way of thinking.

      In reality, Donahue doesn't give a crap about whether he speaks for all Catholics or not. In his mind, things should be done his way. Period.

      In South Park, when Pope Benedict was willing to acknowledge an inconvenient truth that would change all Christianity, Donahue just takes over as Pope intent on killing the truth to preserve the lie.

      I have no doubt that if the real Donahue thought he could get away with it he would usurp Benedict in a heartbeat.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:16:42 AM PDT

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  •  This is the kind of guy (2+ / 0-)
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    that Donohue supports:

    This Hudson guy is a piece of work who got his students drunk and preyed on them.

    Catholic League president Bill Donohue described efforts to remove Hudson as "vindictive campaigns of personal destruction under the guise of promoting the Catholic cause."[13]

    There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

    by upstate NY on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:43:38 AM PDT

    •  well thank you very much for that link (1+ / 0-)
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      appreciate it.  

      I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

      by SeaTurtle on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:52:24 AM PDT

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      •  More from Wiki entry (1+ / 0-)
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        for Bill Donohue:

        (excerpt) Donohue campaigns against what he perceives as discrimination against and defamation of Catholics and Catholicism. In doing so he has gone after a diverse array of public figures, from individuals such as Christopher Hitchens, and even businesses such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Miller Brewing Company, to institutions such as Bob Jones University.

        In addition, Donohue has criticized political and social commentator Bill Maher, controversial singer, songwriter, and comedian Jessica Delfino, comedian Louis CK, singers Joan Osborne and Marilyn Manson, the television shows Nothing Sacred, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Kevin Smith's film Dogma, The Golden Compass, and artist Cosimo Cavallaro.

        Donohue has been widely criticized for a partisan bias in his accusations of anti-Catholicism. He has also been accused of lacking sensitivity toward victims of priest sexual abuse, or "blaming the victim" in cases of gay bullying.

        Donohue is a staunch defender of Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ. On the December 8, 2004 broadcast of Scarborough Country, in a discussion of the film Donohue claimed, Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It's not a secret, OK? And I'm not afraid to say it. That's why they hate this movie. It's about Jesus Christ, and it's about truth. It's about the Messiah.

        This statement was called anti-Semitic by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on that same show. Donohue defended this statements as follows:

        In short, I did not single out secular Jews as some have said. Nonetheless, I do regret using the verb "controlled", and that is because it suggests that there is some kind of cabal among secular Jews. That's nonsense. But is there a segment of the secular Jewish community that is anti-Catholic? Absolutely.
        He has criticized Christmas cards sent by U.S. President George W. Bush for using the term "Holidays" instead of "Christmas" on the White House", as well as Mike Huckabee's use of what Donahue claims is Christian imagery for campaign purposes.

        Moreover, he has protested against what he perceives as employment discrimination against Catholics, in the case of a woman required by her supervisor to remove the Ash Wednesday ashes from her forehead. He has spoken of the crisis over sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests as "a homosexual scandal, not a pedophilia scandal."

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:26:31 AM PDT

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        •  thank you; already read Wiki (1+ / 0-)
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          am wondering if anyone knows anything about his personal life?

          I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

          by SeaTurtle on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:44:48 AM PDT

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          •  You are so right, nothing, absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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            nothing about his personal life.  I caught your curiosity and spent some time searching for anything about his personal life and came up empty.  And I search stuff out like a poodle looking for truffles :)

            Have you found anything at all?

            When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

            by msmacgyver on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 10:35:25 AM PDT

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            •  NOPE. Not a thing. And I have searched many ways (1+ / 0-)
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              I am totally convinced that the rc xch
              (and others, of course,) daily scrub the internet.

              Hey, it is like trying to learn about a man who doesn't have a shadow.

              And he has a very interesting past, on the face of it.

              Most of the time I don't give a damn about what a person does in their personal life,...... unless they start preaching to others about what to do in their personal life... then, as far as I am concerned, the preacher's personal life is fair game.

              Not only fair game, but I think we have a right to know.

              Let me know if you find out anything please.

              I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

              by SeaTurtle on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 10:49:03 AM PDT

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              •  That's creepy (2+ / 0-)
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                Many people who strongly espouse a view that could be perceived as preaching about what others should do "in their [sic] personal life."  PETA, for example.  So, does your "fair game" approach apply to them as well?  Or to anti-smoking advocates?  Your attitude is fascistic.  Research the scientologists- they also believe in fair game.  Is that what you really want to engage in?

                And your belief that the catholic church is scrubbing the internet on a daily basis (done by monks in a dank cellar, I assume?) is paranoic.  You may be surprised, but a lot of people don't have their personal lives posted to the internet.  Digital solopsism is a phenomenon of the younger generations.  The likely reason for the lack of personal information on him is that he does not post it to the internet.

                None of this is an endorsement of Donohue.  He is a crank, just like the guy who stands on the corner railing about the imminent end of the world.  Both are best ignored.  

                •  I was just about to post such a comment, but you (1+ / 0-)
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                  said it better.

                •  not when these people are trying to push (0+ / 0-)

                  legislation that prevents women from getting contraception, abortion, gays to marry and adopt, etc. etc.

                  Not in those cases.  We have a right to know who is taking our freedoms away from us.

                  And if we do not find out in order to fight the loss of our freedoms, shame on us.

                  I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

                  by SeaTurtle on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:29:08 PM PDT

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                  •  That works both ways (1+ / 0-)
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                    You must also endorse those with whom you disagree engaging in the same activities because they believe they are fighting for what is morally right as well.  So, right wingers digging into everyone's past or personal life to find some dirt that can be used to effect (let's be frank- this is your ultimate aim) is just fine with you.  

                    Furthermore, your panic is over the top.  Donohue has been around for ages, railing against all manner of issues.  I can assure you he poses no threat.  He is nothing more than a disgruntled man with a soap box in the town square.  If you lived in NY you would have tuned him out long ago.  

                    Trust me- you do not need to engage in witchhunts or invastions of privacy to stop the Donohue threat (it even makes me laugh).  So, stop rending your garments and spend your time more productively.

  •  Blowhole (0+ / 0-)

    According to Stephanie Miller.

  •  Bill Donohue Tweets on Male Body Waxing (2+ / 0-)
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    just because man invented God, does not mean that God does not exist

    by MikeMcShea on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:59:43 AM PDT

  •  Hi there (4+ / 0-)

    Right Wing Watch has a number of links on Bill Donohue, this may be a good starting point for you. I don't like this attack on Stewart, either. Jon and Stephen are the only guys who can tell the truth, and give us laughter over things that are so not funny otherwise.

    Here's the link.


    How are we supposed to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, when we don't have the boots? Healthcare and education are the boots - Tony Llama and Steve Maddens for all!

    by SueM1121 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:00:19 AM PDT

    •  I'd be surprised if they get their apology or any (2+ / 0-)
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      reaction from sponsors, but then I should be learing not to be surpised by anything given how sureal the last 12 years have been.

      It's important we contact Stewart and his sponsors and tell them do not apologize and please maintain your sponsorship, respectively.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:22:39 AM PDT

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      •   I recall (3+ / 0-)
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        Stewart telling Fox to "go fuck yourself" - twice!

        I doubt he is going to apologize for this, because his viewers will not penalize him.

        I've noticed his audience is very quick to correct him, and he is quick to acknowledge and apologize if he is truly wrong. He would have done it already if he was going to.

        Stewart gets his loyal audience and his ratings by being honest as well as funny. This stunt by Donohue is going to backfire - Stewart is NOT stupid when it comes to what he can and can't do on air. He didn't show a va-manger for the hell of it, it was to make a point - and I sure as hell agree with what he did. I also laughed my ass off! :-)

        How are we supposed to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, when we don't have the boots? Healthcare and education are the boots - Tony Llama and Steve Maddens for all!

        by SueM1121 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:44:47 AM PDT

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      •  I wouldn't worry about it (5+ / 0-)

        Donohue goes off on someone or some organization regularly.  He has never had any success.  He is pretty much dismissed as a crank.  He gets air time because they think bloviating sells.  But he has absolutely no following.  He's been at it in NY for over 20 years.

    •  terrific Sue, thanks. (0+ / 0-)

      do you know any personal information about him?  that is what is so hard to find.

      I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

      by SeaTurtle on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:24:08 AM PDT

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      •  Hi, (1+ / 0-)
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        Sorry,  I don't have any other info on him. I think he's been on Hardball a few times. That's all I have. :-)

        How are we supposed to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, when we don't have the boots? Healthcare and education are the boots - Tony Llama and Steve Maddens for all!

        by SueM1121 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:37:18 AM PDT

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  •  Incidentally, for those fooled by the (11+ / 0-)

    name "Catholic League," that's obviously not affiliated with the Catholic Church, and it's not a real organization that American Catholics have any contact with or participate in, except for the few right-wing Catholics who support Donohue's scam.

    For example, a typical Catholic Church might have 20 or 30 do-gooder organizations affiliated with the parish, and they usually list them in the church bulletin.  These are groups like the Knights of Columbus, the Vincent de Paul Society, and so forth.  But never the so-called "Catholic League."  It's bogus.  It's all Donohue.

  •  Slghtly OT. In another diary I suggested that (5+ / 0-)
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    it was time for the grassroots of the Church to put the Bishops in their place and put notes in their collection envelopes that they were saving their contribution money in case they had to pay for birth control.  I still think that's a good idea.  In fact, so good that the idea should be expanded.  

    The notes could say no more money until the Pope stops persecuting nuns, or until the Church apologizes, or apologizes more, for pedophilia, or until the Bishops condemn Donohue, or  until the Church ordains women, or until the Church allows priests and nuns to marry, or whatever your pet cause might be.  

    An enormous amount of the Church's wealth is tied up in illiquid assets and it would not take long for a cash flow crisis to develop.  Heh.  

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:46:34 AM PDT

    •  I couldn't agree with you more, OinV (4+ / 0-)

      Where are the Catholics in this?

      As the matter of fact, it may interest you to know that the illustrious Hans Kung has written a book (not yet pub in the English speaking world,) calling for the rank and file Catholics to a Peaceful Revolution against Roman Absolutism.

      The Catholic Church, since the time of the Lateran Treaty with Mussolini, has been awash in enormous amounts of money and investments.  It has a mind boggling amount of 'liquid assets', however it consistently refuses to allow anyone into their books and has been the subject of several scandals accused of money laundering for the mafia, among others.

      The Vatican owns real estate, hotels, controlling investments in many, many businesses as well as having on hand, unspecified amounts of enormous money.

      I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

      by SeaTurtle on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 10:02:31 AM PDT

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  •  Since it is an agency of the Catholic Church (1+ / 0-)
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    listed in the New York Archdiocese's Official Catholic Directory. all donations are tax deductible, all earnings are tax exempt.

    •  I believe this comment is false, for several (1+ / 0-)
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      First of all, the "Official Catholic Directory" is a private publication and isn't actually "official."  See

      Second, I can't find the Catholic League listed in that directory.

      Third, as to the issue of tax deductions, whether or not some outfit is listed in some private directory obviously has no bearing.

      •  The Catholic League's website says it is (2+ / 0-)
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        listed in the OCD (which is not a publication of the NY Archdiocese but whose NY entries may be approved by the AD). I don't have access to the OCD so I can't confirm.

        Of course, you are right that this does not remotely signify that the CL is an "agency of the Catholic Church" nor does the CL's tax status derive from whatever connection it may or may not have with the Church. Like, say, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, it's a 501(c)(3). That's what governs the deductibility and exemption issues. So I agree, on balance, that the comment deserved several Pinocchios.

        Donohue gets airtime because cable shows (primarily) obviously find him good for stirring controversy, and he doesn't deny it. Yes, he's primarily a crank that most people roll their eyes at, but given the folks on his advisory board, the "just a guy with a fax machine in the basement" meme deserves at least one Pinocchio as well. At least some of the hierarchy has found him a useful tool in the "enemy of my enemy" sense.

        •  Thanks for the learned comment. (1+ / 0-)
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          Your last paragraph adds some good balance I wish I had added in one of my own comments here.

          The bishops, of course, are always, in every country way to the right of most of the laity on most issues.  And you're right that some of them have found Donohue useful.

          I was annoyed at my Catholic Church last Sunday, because a priest actually read a statement encouraging all members to vote for an anti-gay-marriage bill in the Maryland legislature, and they actually had petition-signing tables, plus voter registration tables, at every exit.  It was a mob scene getting out (very big church).

          I almost wrote a diary expressing my extreme annoyance with that.  This was organized by the Maryland bishops.  It is the first time I've ever seen up-close that kind of political intervention by the bishops.

          I pushed through the crowd and didn't sign the stupid petition.  I had the impression that some people in line gave me dirty looks for not getting with the program.

          •  I miss my old Maryland parish so much. (2+ / 0-)
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            It was a vibrant, liberal congregation led by a liberal but canny priest. In vacation times it drew heavily on Georgetown for visiting priests, so we had some excellent sermons. Now I'm in a conservative area of Southern California, and the comparison is dismal, though it's not heavily political compared to some of what I read about here. I moved several years ago, so who knows if it's still the same, but if you ever find yourself in the Gaithersburg area, you might enjoy dropping in at St. Rose of Lima on Clopper Rd.

  •  Get a life. Seriously. (2+ / 0-)
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    Why do you want personal info? For what? The only people who don't know he is a fanatical blowhard are other fanatical blowhards. BFD.

  •  Find the divorce court file (2+ / 0-)
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    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:13:36 PM PDT

  •  first find the jurisdiction, then ask the (1+ / 0-)
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    Clerk of the court.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 01:08:41 PM PDT

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