15 March 2012

More anti-Catholicism from the New York Times

Last week the New York Times published an anti-Catholic advertisement from the Freedom From Religion Foundation calling Catholics to "quit the Catholic Church" because of the Church's oppossition to the mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services that clearly violates the First Ammendment:
The Creative Minority Report has transcribed the text of the ad.  Be sure to read The Anchoress' thoughts on the "intellectual dishonesty of the hysterical and adolescent" claims in the ad.  The Curt Jester notes, among other things, "Funny though how these atheists are upset about the lack of women priests when they don’t even believe in God."

At the time, I wondered if the NYT would publish a similar ad inviting Muslims to quit Islam.  Naturally enough, I knew the answer to that question was a solid "No."  Now we have more evidence of the NYT's anti-Catholic stance.

The group Stop Islamization of Nations, American Defense League recently attempted to run an ad in the NYT - mimicking the above article - inviting Muslims to "quit Islam" before the growing violence over the military's "accidental" burning of Qur'ans:

The NYT says it refused to run the ad “the fallout from running this ad now could put U.S. troops and/or civilians in the [Afghan] region in danger.”

While I don't doubt that "fallout" from such an ad would be severe and violent, I'm not so certain this is the real reason the NYT refused the ad, especially given the paper's history in Catholic matters.

Either way, The Catholic League notes that regardless of the reason for the refusal (be it anti-Catholicism or fear of Muslim violence - the NYT has "painted themselves into that corner."

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