In today's vile screed, Ms. Dowd manages to disparage the Roman Catholic Church, immigrants generally, and not one but two racial groups in the course of one column. Hell, she manages to offend two races in one sentence. That's Klan-like efficiency. Nice work, Mo Do.
You think 'Puter's kidding? Here. Judge for yourself.
The satanic rap was merely the latest illustration of the renewed fascination with the ancient rite of exorcism. After languishing in the Catholic Church, exorcisms are back in fashion. In 2004, worried about the rise of the occult, Pope John Paul II asked Cardinal Ratzinger, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who went on to become Pope Benedict XVI, to direct bishops around the world to appoint and train exorcists in their dioceses.You see? According to Ms. Dowd, not only is the Roman Catholic Church full of stupid, backwards old men who believe in good and evil, it's full of stupid minorities. Foreign minorities. Foreign minorities who are full of quaint, naive, backwards, unenlightened superstitions because they're not bright enough to know any better. Not, as Ms. Dowd implies, the marginally more intelligent minorities that America breeds to work low paying jobs, provide reliable Democratic votes and sell Ms. Dowd her weed and crack. Over time, though, 'Puter's certain that Ms. Dowd will shoulder the White Man's Burden and ennoble the tawny-skinned heathen savages.
The infusion of Hispanic and African Catholics to the U.S., with their more intense belief in the supernatural, has brought a fresh demand.
Someone please remind 'Puter again how the Republican party manages to let itself be tarred as the party of backwards, racist asshats, when all it has to do is stand next to Ms. Dowd and point. Or mention that recently (permanently) retired scion of the Senate Robert Byrd (D-WV) was a high-ranking Klansman. Or note that Rep. Louis Slaughter was a willing beneficiary of Kentucky educational segregation at the university level.
Ms. Dowd's statements are as condescendingly racist as any 'Puter's heard spoken publicly. The New York Times and Ms. Dowd should be ashamed. Both Ms. Dowd and her employer owe America a retraction and a real apology, with no "I'm sorry if you were offended ..." horseshit.
Don't hold your breath.
*For proof of Boston's innate racist tendencies, see the ongoing chronicle of Tawmmy from Quinzee, Boston sports fan extraordinaire, over at Kissing Suzy Kolber.