An alternative student newspaper at the University of Oregon, The Insurgent, has printed a set of offensive cartoons that depict Jesus on the cross with an erection, and kissing another man, among others (the cartoons don’t appear to be available at the link above). Naturally, this brought out the Christian censors. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, demands an apology and says that the university should have prevented the publication of them. In fact, he got so upset that he didn’t get the response he wanted from the university that he wrote to the governor and all the state legislators as well.
Sorry, Mr. Donohue, you don’t get to decide what can and can’t be published any more than the Muslim fanatics around the world do. I’m glad you’re not firebombing anyone’s offices, and you are of course welcome to scream and shout to your heart’s content about how awful it is, but you cannot prevent it from being published or punish those who published it, no matter how many letters you write. That’s the beauty of the first amendment. Your offense is not grounds for government intervention, no matter how strongly you feel it.