On last night’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” atheist author Sam Harris said, “The Catholic Church is more concerned about preventing contraception than protecting child rape. It’s more concerned about preventing gay marriage than genocide.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue sounded off as follows:

In his previous book, Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris criticized the Bible for not containing a chapter on mathematics, and for not discussing electricity, DNA or a cure for cancer. Such remarks put a bright light on his intellectual acumen, but his rant last night smacked of the kind of bile we used to expect from the Klan. We could not help but notice that Stewart, who is ever so sensitive about anti-Semitism, allowed Harris to spew his hate-filled comments without a challenge. Unlike Rick Sanchez, Stewart gets away with this on a regular basis.

This isn’t light humor, poking fun at Catholicism. This is bigotry, pure and simple.

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