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Catholic org: Pull gay blog's convention credentials

by Nick Langewis

The Democratic National Convention Committee needs to send a positive message to Catholics by pulling a gay blog's credentials, the leader of a Catholic group charged.

News and entertainment blog Towleroad, along with feminist blog Bitch Ph.D., have been condemned by Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League. "Towleroad describes itself as 'A Site with Homosexual Tendencies,'" Donohue wrote. "Accordingly, it shows men in jock straps and underwear. It also has a post on Pope Benedict XVI that takes him to task for wearing a cape with ermine. Some of those who commented on this described the pope in a vile and profane way."

"Both of these blogs should be cut immediately from the list of credentialed sites," Donohue said. "Neither functions as a responsible media outlet and both offend Catholics, as well as others. To allow them access to the Democratic National Convention sends a message to Catholics they will not forget. We look for Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Convention, to nix them ASAP."

"If Donohue is so focused on sex," Towleroad's Andy Towle responded on Monday, "his time would be better focused on healing the epidemic of sexual abuse against children by clergy in the Catholic church, and considering the facts on the use of condoms, which the Church has said have no effect on the prevention of AIDS, rather than attempting to influence American politics by limiting the Democratic ideals of free speech, inclusion and tolerance."


Originally published on Monday August 18, 2008.

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