Catholic League president Bill Donohue has been an outspoken critic of the Charlie Hebdo journalists who were killed by Islamic terrorists and he quickly found out that he’s not getting a free pass from anyone in the media — especially Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly.
Donohue claimed that the French newspaper “provoked” the attack by their repeated publishing of satirical cartoons over the years that mocked the Prophet Muhammad. His anti-free speech rhetoric was shockingly strong.
To be exact, Donohue started the controversy when he took a jab at Charlie Hebdo’s editor, Stephane Charbonnier.
“It is too bad he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death,” Donohue said. “Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive.”
Kelly immediately put Donohue in his place when she opened her interview with him, asking, “Do you really think they were not courageous in the face of death threats to be publishing what they did?”
Donohue answered with a shockingly ridiculous counter, saying the fallen journalists were “pornographers disguised as satirists.”
He followed that with, “We’re not talking about Mel Brooks, we’re talking about the functional equivalent of Larry Flynt going to print” (H/T TheBlaze).
Kelly cited a 1988 Supreme Court case that involved Larry Flynt’s Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell — a case in which the Supreme Court held up Flynt’s right to free speech.
Donohue continued his persistent but weak attack on the First Amendment, claiming that it’s a means toward an end, not an end.
Kelly swiftly corrected that notion and explained to Donahue that it is also an end.
After Donohue told Kelly “self-censorship is the friend of freedom,” she fired back with, “But Bill, people have accused you of blaming the victim — that this is equivalent to blaming a rape victim for being dressed too provocatively, saying she brought it upon themselves.”
She added, “Just because they did something provocative doesn’t mean they invited what happened.”
A majority of decent, logical people who understand free speech are aware of what Kelly explained, but it seems that Donohue skipped out on that class in school, as he vehemently continued to blame the victims of the massacre and only backed down off his pedestal for a moment to call the attackers “Muslim barbarians.”
If we defend the radical Islamists for attacking free speech, what do we have left? That means game over for America and the rest of the West.
Donohue has a lot of backtracking to do in the following weeks, if he ever wants to be taken seriously again.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune