The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue created a bit of controversy last week when he responded to the deadly attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed a dozen people by declaring that the victims essentially brought the attack upon themselves by intentionally insulting Muslims and other religious believers.
Donohue’s statement was met with outrage even by other conservatives, but Donohue has consistently defended his position, telling Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg on Friday that if an outraged Christian were to kill artist Andres Serrano over his infamous “Piss Christ” image, it would partially be Serrano’s own fault.
“I don’t mind Mel Brooks. I don’t mind edginess. I don’t even mind irreverence,” Donohue insisted. “I do have a problem with toilet speech.”
Artists must stop producing “filth,” he declared, saying that while he would be opposed to someone killing Serrano for his “Piss Christ” image, it would be Serrano’s own fault were that to happen.
“Had he exercised restraint, he wouldn’t be dead,” Donohue asserted: