Updated below with good news.
Brothers and sisters in Christ and out,
Let us now say a prayer for the lost and tormented souls of Bill Donohue and other Right Wing hate-mongering bigots and Republican stooges who presume to speak for all Catholics as they try to turn the country into the homophobic, misogynistic, reactionary, patriarchal, Third World country of their fevered dreams.
Donohue, President of the "Catholic" League, wants John Edwards to fire his recently hired blogger in chief Amanda Marcotte and netroots coordinator Shakespeare's Sister because they are, says Donohue, anti-Catholic bigots.
This is the same Bill Donohue who has said that lesbians belong in insane asylums, where, judging by the curious voyeurism implicit in his sentence structure, he would like to go and watch them.
This is the same Bill Donohue who apparently believes that it's ok for priests to molest boys as long as those boys aren't in elementary school and their voices have broken.
And this is the same Bill Donohue who has such enlightened attitudes about Hollywood and Jews.
Clearly a man tormented by demons and deserving of our pity, compassion, and prayers. So, let us now pray, for Donohue and the others:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Don't think I'm kidding here. I'm serious. These poor people are going to hell if they don't see the light. They need our prayers, although in the case of Donohue whole convents saying rosaries nonstop for a month might not help him. Still, we need to try.
And say a prayer, too, for the Edwards campaign to find the courage to stand up to these villains and frauds.
But because there's a limit to how much we should rely on prayer, write Edwards and remind him that placating the likes of Bill Donohue means offending the likes of...well...every decent Liberal and Democrat who might vote for him in the primaries. If you're Catholic, let him know that Donohue does not speak for you or control your vote. And if you're gay, remind him that Donohue is the bigot and that you don't vote for politicians who crawl to bigots.
Contact him here.
Media Matters' Donohue file.
Update: The Good News is that John Edwards has decided to keep Shakes and Amanda on.
Sen. Edwards' statement.