RICH BIGOTS

Catalyst December Issue 2002

Every racial, ethnic and religious group has its share of bigots. Sociological studies on bigotry have been done for decades and most of them report that bigots tend to be clustered at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. But there’s one group that stands out from the crowd: anti-Catholic bigots. They’re all over the socio-economic scale and are especially noticeable at the top.

Somerville, Massachusetts, is a wealthy place. It is also home to a surfeit of bigots. Anti-Catholic bigots, that is. How do we know? Because they can’t seem to get enough of Catholic-bashing plays.

For the second consecutive year, the Somerville Theatre is hosting “Jesus Has Two Mommies.” By scheduling it during the holiday season, December 6 and 7, the promoters are sending a message to Catholics. We only wish we had the time and resources to survey these rich bigots to find out why they can’t let go.

One thing’s for sure: if we asked them if they thought of themselves as open-minded or bigoted, the answer would surprise no one. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t be lying—they actually believe they’re among the most open-minded people in the nation. Empty-minded would be a more accurate description, though we’re sure these rich bigots would be aghast at such a thought.


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Written by Bill