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(Fox News) — A group of socially conservative leaders is demanding Huffington Post publisher Arianna Huffington apologize for allowing a column to be published on her website that compares Catholics to pedophiles and attacks communion as a “barbaric ritual.”

In the letter dated Tuesday and obtained first by FoxNews.com, the group — never fans of the online news site — writes that the website, recently purchased by AOL, is “complicit in bigotry” for publishing columnist Larry Doyle’s article about Rick Santorum’s Catholic faith.

“Larry Doyle’s recent anti-Catholic screed in the Huffington Post, ‘The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum,’ is bigoted and unacceptable, and a perfect example of ‘flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric’” that Huffington pledged to avoid when she launched the Huffington Post in 2005.

“His column should be taken off your site, and you should issue an apology for ever publishing such trash,” the group wrote.

In his so-called satire published Friday, Doyle, a novelist and former writer and producer for “The Simpsons,” writes that many readers would be “shocked to learn” about Santorum’s religious beliefs, which stem from the church’s history in the Crusades “and its current role as the tactical arm” of the fringe North American Man-Boy Love Association. [...]

Describing Mass as a “barbaric ritual,” Doyle writes that “a black-robed cleric casts a spell over some bread and wine, transfiguring it into the actual living flesh and blood of their Christ. Followers then line up to eat the Jesus meat and drink his holy blood in a cannibalistic reverie not often seen outside Cinemax.”

Saying he’s a former altar boy, Doyle, claims to have “seen behind the curtain” but escaped. He finishes by writing that he has an “obligation to expose this phony theology” and reminds readers that the last time a Roman Catholic was elected — John F. Kennedy — it ended tragically.

Doyle’s column was roundly criticized and he wrote a follow-up on Tuesday saying he would not apologize and doesn’t care if anyone is offended.

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