The Catholic League is irate with the University of Oregon after a student newspaper published an “obscene” edition.
William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, says the March issue of the Insurgent is “replete with the most egregious examples of hate speech targeted at Christians.”
According to a series of press releases from the Catholic League, the student newspaper ran two depictions of Jesus, naked, with an erection so to “provoke dialogue.”
Donohue, furious over the publication, wrote to everyone he could think of: the Oregon legislature, the governor, the state’s three Catholic bishops, the president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and the chancellor of the Oregon University System. He also included the two distasteful images of Jesus that the paper published.
“That all of this appeared in a student newspaper, during Lent, on the campus of a state institution, makes one wonder what is going on at the University of Oregon,” said Donohue.
The Catholic League goes on to say that the school’s president, Dave Frohnmayer, is a liar.
“Frohnmayer is now saying that the reason he didn’t do anything about this matter, save for issuing a lame criticism of the Insurgent, is because the student newspaper ‘is not owned, controlled or published by the University of Oregon and is funded with student fees.’”
Donohue points out that all students attending the University of Oregon pay mandatory student fees, some of which go to fund the “Insurgent.”
“And for at least the last four years, the newspaper has been allowed to use the university’s non-profit bulk-mail permit (school officials got nervous when the March edition appeared and only then did they stop the Insurgent from using its mailing permit),” said the Catholic League president.
Donohue adds that for the school’s president to contend he was powerless to act, is “so disingenuous.”