Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an e-mail sent to the Catholic League by Rev. Robert Ullman of the Elmhurst College Board of Trustees: On May 2, I issued a news release on the obscene anti-Catholic talk given by Dan Savage at Elmhurst College on April 29 (to read it see below. We have now received an e-mail from Rev. Robert Ullman (he is a member of the Board of Trustees at Elmhurst) that sounds as if he has gone off the rails (to read it see below. Without a shred of evidence, the United Church of Christ minister accuses me of making a racist statement against the Elmhurst president, and then veers off in a wild way denouncing the Catholic Church. He is obviously a very troubled man. And he is a disgrace to higher education.
It’s time Ullman heard from you.
ELMHURST COLLEGE WELCOMES BIGOT
On April 29, gay activist Dan Savage apologized for belittling students at an April 13 conference of high school journalists; he did not apologize for his vulgar anti-Christian remarks. That same day he spoke before a crowd at Elmhurst College in Illinois. Here is what he said about Pope Benedict XVI’s rejection of gay marriage:
- “What the pope is saying is that the only thing that stands between my d**k and Brad Pitt’s mouth is a piece of paper.”
- “What the pope is saying, once we’re all gay married, we’re going to go extinct in a generation. Because once we’re all gay married, we’re going to forget which hole s**ts babies.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:
They had to have known about Dan Savage’s history of offering obscene anti-Catholic rants when they asked him to speak at the campus chapel. The president of Elmhurst College must have known—he was certainly there to welcome him. S. Alan Ray, a former Roman Catholic seminarian, has issued no apology for Savage’s vulgar attack on the pope. Maybe he agrees with Savage.
We’re going to send this news release to the Elmhurst media, the college’s board of trustees, local government officials, and every Catholic high school principal in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. They should know how this college, which boasts of its commitment to diversity and tolerance, treats Catholics.
Had a Catholic speaker, invited to talk about bullying Catholics, taken the opportunity to bully homosexuals, the president would have been forced to resign. It is also ironic to note that Dr. Ray is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation; he can no doubt speak for hours about the horrors of anti-Native American prejudice. Too bad he couldn’t spare Catholics a minute to apologize for Savage’s assault. But maybe he agrees with Savage.
Contact Ray’s executive secretary, Jeannine Boylan: email@example.com
From: A Board of Trustees at Elmhurst) that sounds as if he has gone off the rails
Bristol Subject: Re: ELMHURST COLLEGE WELCOMES BIGOT
Excuse me! Your racist rant against our President does the whole Roman Catholic Church a disservice. If you could have left your rant against Dan Savage and his inflammatory remarks as just that, I could have let this go. But attacking the character of our President and Elmhurst College for allowing free and open conversation about very difficult issues facing gay and lesbian people is inexcusable. Given the recent New York Times’ column exposing the pope’s denunciation of women religious while at the same time defending the Roman Catholic church’s position on male-only ordination and covering up sexual abuse by some of those same male-only clergy should give you pause in denouncing a College, a President and a Church willing to walk into the murky waters of human sexuality and Christian morality.
Rev. Robert Ullman, Elmhurst College Board of Trustees
P.S. I’d be very interested in how you obtained my personal email address, but please, feel free now that you have it, to respond to me. You’ve piqued my interest in where in the world you’re coming from.
Contact Ullman: firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Contact Catholic League director of communications about Donohue’s remarks: