Gavin's Catholic Bashing

By Lauren Smiley

folsom-street-fair-2008-nsfw.2588185.36.jpgIs Mayor Newsom a self-hating Catholic? The Catholic League said this week that the Mayor (and the Board of Supervisors) should be blamed for vandals scrawling the names of the pope and the San Francisco archbishop next to a Nazi symbol on Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the Castro. Why? Because he doesn't do anything to stop such Catholic-offending acts like naked dudes running amok at the Folsom Street Fair, of course.

Here's the statement of Catholic League president Bill Donahue:

"Part of the blame for the latest attack goes to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Both Newsom and the Board have shown nothing but contempt for the First Amendment rights of Catholics. When crucifixes are sold as sex toys and Catholic sensibilities are assaulted by naked men in the street at the annual Folsom Street Fair, they say nothing. When gay men dressed as nuns show up at Mass--at the same church--they say nothing."

The statement included Newsom's city e-mail address, and asked Catholics nationwide to contact him.

While Irish Catholic by birth, Newsom never claimed to be a purist. He supports gay rights. He's pro-choice and pro-stem cell research. He blew that whole thou-shall-not-covet-thy-neighbor's-wife bit, but the Gavin-backers have bestowed him with an almost divine show of forgiveness on that front.

But he said his faith still influences him in an interview with the student newspaper of his Catholic alma mater, Santa Clara University. Newsom called himself an "Irish-Catholic rebel...that still has tremendous admiration for the Church and very strong faith." Hell, he even kicks it Old-Testament style with his proclamations from time to time, intoning that gay marriage is coming "whether you like it or not" to his cheering followers like a declaration from Mt. Sinai. 

Here's his latest pronouncement on this whole graffiti thing from his Web site: "We strongly condemn the vandalism of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. It was a cowardly and criminal act. San Francisco is a city that embraces people of all faiths. To intimidate a community and threaten a place of worship with intolerance is contrary to everything the City of St. Francis represents."

See above picture for an example. Now what God-loving person could have a problem with that?
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