It started off as your basic sports column (12/8) regarding another Kansas City Chiefs' latest loss.Photo credit: NYPress.com
But, Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock somehow swayed off into religion and Catholics (and many Christians) are offended and infuriated by his insensitive remarks---particularly on the Catholic Holy Day of the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
"We know that Whitlock will do and write anything to generate controversy," says a source, "but to go out of your way to insult and belittle Catholics on a Holy Day crosses the line even for him. It is an absolute disgrace that he would be able to get away with this. Did the Star fire all its editors?"
Whitlock's column, titled "Pass Rusher Would be Answer to Prayer," basically said the Chiefs need a good pass rusher following the team's 24-17 loss to Denver.
However, in two separate places he seemed to go out of his way to make fun of one of the most sacred tenets of the Catholic faith.
"There's a theory in football that the key to playing defense begins and ends with stopping the run," wrote Whitlock. "Pretty much no one questions the premise. It's sort of like questioning Mary's virginity. You mention the rumors you heard about her and Joseph at Noah's Party Cove bash, and you're likely to be escorted out of church by force."
One insult was not enough for Whitlock who concluded his column by noting:
"The Chiefs might need a savior after this season. Let's hope Noah throws another party and Mary and Joseph disappear for a few minutes again." "I absolutely could not believe what I was reading," noted a Catholic. "It was hurtful and had no place in a sports column."
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Kansas City Star sports columnist mocks Catholicism, jokes about Mary conceiving at an alcohol party
Info on the latest Kansas City Star columnist to offend readers comes from Bottom Line Communications: