When public grandstanders and media jerks make outlandish and outrageous remarks about the Catholic Church, including outright blasphemy, I’m torn. Not about whether the remarks are proper or suitable, but about whether we should respond.
Case in point: The ridiculous and increasingly irrelevant Bill Maher monologued about a pedophile priest seducing a child using the Mass. It’s disgusting, so be aware before reading it.
To my mind, Maher’s motivation is obvious. Like a bratty child, he’s seeking attention by acting out. His show is on HBO, which means that gets a free pass where, for example, Don Imus didn’t.
Now, if we all get upset and write letters to Time-Warner, what’s likely to happen? Is Maher going to get fired? Is he going to stop his blasphemy? Or will he be encouraged?
In other words, is it better to give him what he wants or to deny him the attention he so obviously craves?
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