In the last issue of Catalyst, we reprinted Bill Donohue’s letter to the House Ethics Committee asking that Rep. Rashida Tlaib be formally reprimanded for her obscene assault on the sensibilities of religious Americans. We also listed an email contact for her. She got bombarded with angry emails from Catholics and she immediately started walking it back.
Recall that Tlaib retweeted a post by activist David Hogg saying, “Don’t let this administration address COVID-19 like our national gun violence epidemic. F**k a National day of prayer, we need immediate comprehensive action.”
Here is how Tlaib handled her imbroglio.
“Let me be clear as someone who has been praying through this all & as someone who attended the National Prayer Breakfast. My retweet was not to be an attack on prayer. It was to bring attention to the need for meaningful action to combat this public health crisis.”
Here is how Bill Donohue responded. “Let me be clear, Rep. Tlaib: You are fooling no one. You not only have a record of offending people, your anti-Semitic comments have mobilized friends of mine like Rabbi Aryeh Spero to hold a sit-in at Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s congressional office to protest your bigotry (and that of your fellow ‘Squad’ member, Rep. Ilhan Omar). Your record of hate speech is incontestable.”
To say that her retweet “was not an attack on prayer,” Donohue said, was “lame.” He minced no words. “Your point was to insult us. Mission accomplished.”