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The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue does not like being treated like a stooge. In fact, he’s offended — OFFENDED! — by the Farrelly brothers’ new Three Stooges movie, which depicts nuns in various unflattering ways. For instance, there’s Sister Bernice, played by swimsuit model Kate Upton, who wears a revealing nun bikini. And there’s Sister Mary-Mengele, portrayed by Larry David, who… well, she’s portrayed by Larry David.

“In the 1950s, Hollywood generally avoided crude fare and was respectful of religion. Today it specializes in crudity and trashes Christianity, especially Catholicism. Enter the The Three Stooges. This movie is not just another remake: it is a cultural marker of sociological significance, and what it says about the way we’ve changed is not encouraging,” wrote Donohue. “…the TV show never mocked nuns or showed infants urinating in the face of the Stooges. The film does.”

Donohue took great umbrage with David, in particular, who he believes has committed habitual offenses: “In 2009, David proved what he thinks about Catholics when he was shown going to the bathroom in a Catholic home splattering urine on a picture of Jesus (it was his own show),” wrote Donohue. “Last night he said to Conan O’Brien that dressing as a nun in the film makes it easy to understand why nuns are ‘so mean.’ He explains, ‘You know, the outfits might have something to do with that. Forget about the fact that they never have sex. If you gave me a choice of no sex or having to wear that outfit the rest of my life, I would definitely take the no sex.’

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