Donahue and Griffin

Kathy Griffin just won an Emmy for her intermittently funny reality show, which has often featured, I might add, her classically Catholic parents and family. But she made a silly remark at the ceremony, the kind that keeps Bill Donahue's direct mail racket alive. Her unfunny, but obviously ironic remark:

"A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus," an exultant Griffin said, holding up her statuette. "Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now."

Donahue's response:

"It is a sure bet that if Griffin had said, 'Suck it, Muhammad,' there would have been a very different reaction," Catholic league president Bill Donohue said in a statement posted on the group's Web site. He called on TV academy president Dick Askin to denounce Griffin's "hate speech" and on Griffin to apologize.

What's interesting to me about this is that the Islamists really have succeeded in setting the new standards for public discourse. "Blasphemy" is now not allowed on network TV. Osama wins one, thanks to Bill.