When asked by the New York Daily News on October 30 about pop star Britney Spears’ latest photo shoot, which depicted racy scenes with a priest in the confessional (below), Catholic League president Bill Donohue had this to say: “This is all the puzzle pieces coming together. This girl is crashing. She’s not even allowed to bring up her own kids because she’s not responsible enough. Now we see she can’t even entertain.”

On CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” on October 30, Bill Donohue maintained that Spears was not the anti-Catholic bigot that Madonna is, but added, “I think the girl is going south both in terms of her career and in terms of her personal life. She does need to see a priest. I mean a real one, get her head straight.” When music consultant Quddus Philippe suggested that the public might enjoy and support the kind of controversy that Spears’ photo shoot had generated, Donohue replied, “I wonder if the audience would support her if she chose Muslims instead of Catholics. I wonder how far she would want to push that envelope.”

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