Catholic League President Bill Donohue issued a statement condemning the violence, but apparently sympathizing with the perpetrators and suggesting the victims had provoked the attack.
Masked gunmen burst into the Paris officers of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday armed with Kalashnikovs and opened fire, killing eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor.
Bill Donohue is the president of the Catholic League – an organization which ‘defends the rights of Catholics’
A massive manhunt for two suspects, brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, is ongoing and France is on its highest level of terror alert.
Donohue, who has previously attacked Liberals as being afraid to criticize Muslims, said: “Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.
“Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of figures and this is especially of their depictions of religious figures.
“For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.
Two suspects were filmed leaping out of a car and pointing their weapons at a fallen policeman
“What unites Muslims in their anger against Charlie Hebdo is the vulgar manner in which Muhammad has been portrayed. What they object to is being intentionally insulted over the course of many years. On this aspect, I am in total agreement with them.”
Donohue then suggested editor Stephane Charbonnier was murdered because of his own narcism.
Emergency crews at the scene in Paris on Wednesday
He said: “Stephane Charbonnier, the paper’s publisher, was killed today in the slaughter. It is too bad that he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death.
“In 2012, when asked why he insults Muslims, he said, ‘Muhammad isn’t sacred to me.’ Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive.
“Muhammad isn’t sacred to me either, but it would never occur to me to deliberately insult Muslims by trashing him.”
The statement, which was tweeted from the Catholic League’s official account, quickly received criticism.
Steve Ciabattoni wrote: “Your victim blaming helps no one, solves nothing and drives more and more of us…