Bill Donohue comments on reaction to recent jokes about Pope Francis, children, and Bruce Jenner:
Last night, Comedy Central aired a roast of Justin Bieber that was recorded earlier. Comedian and roast-master Jeff Ross arrived on the red carpet dressed as the pope; he was wearing a white robe, a mitre, and carried a staff with Bieber’s face on it. He was accompanied by two women dressed as sexy nuns.
Red-carpet host Sarah Tiana engaged Ross in a conversation, and at one point said to him, “Have a great time at the show, you look amazing, you’re going to be hilarious.” To which Ross replied, “Bless you, Sarah, congratulations on all of your abortions.”
The night before, Jamie Foxx cracked a joke about Bruce Jenner. “We got some groundbreaking performances here, too, tonight. We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself.”
Making fun of the pope, and joking about children killed in the womb, is standard stuff on Comedy Central, which is why Ross will not pay a price for his antics. Making fun of Bruce Jenner is taboo, which is why Foxx was blasted on social media.
This is America 2015. It’s okay to mock the pope, treat serial abortion as a laughing matter, but not crack a joke about a man who hates being a man.
What is the connecting thread? The Catholic Church teaches that life begins at conception and that God created man and woman. Our cultural elites believe that human nature is a fiction, which is why they reject the scientifically grounded tenets of Catholicism.
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