Huffington Post’s Santorum Column: Catholics’ Communion a “Barbaric Ritual”

Saying “Mexican” rather than “Hispanic,” concluding that the majority of food stamps recipients are black, or asserting that terrorists generally take the form of radical Muslims, are all forms of a racist propaganda.  But comparing Catholics to pedophiles and labeling communion a “barbaric ritual” — eh, not so much.

A group of conservative leaders have demanded that Huffington Post publisher Arianna Huffington apologize for giving the green light to an article that makes the latter assertion.

“Larry Doyle’s recent anti-Catholic screed in the Huffington Post, ‘The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum,’ is bigoted and unacceptable, and a perfect example of ‘flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric’” that Huffington pledged to avoid when she launched the Huffington Post in 2005.

“His column should be taken off your site, and you should issue an apology for ever publishing such trash,” the group added.

Mr. Doyle’s column, a purported satire that translates into more of a political statement than anything, contends that Santorum’s Catholic religion — which, of course, is responsible for the evil, heartless Crusades — is a “tactical arm” of the North American Man-Boy Love Association.

Describing Mass as a “barbaric ritual,” Doyle writes that “a black-robed cleric casts a spell over some bread and wine, transfiguring it into the actual living flesh and blood of their Christ. Followers then line up to eat the Jesus meat and drink his holy blood in a cannibalistic reverie not often seen outside Cinemax.”

But it’s OK, because in a Twitter post, Doyle used the “I can make fun of black people, because I have black friends” line:

“I’m not blaspheming anything.  I am describing them as Santorum would, if it suited him.  (p.s. I’m Catholic).”