I see that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is still working on winning friends. This time they have decided to attack the Roman Catholic Church with an advertisement in the New York Times. You can read the contents on their own website here. I’ll give a few excerpts and comments.
Dear ‘Liberal’ Catholic:
It’s time to quit the Roman Catholic Church.
It’s your moment of truth. Will it be reproductive freedom, or back to the Dark Ages? Do you choose women and their rights, or Bishops and their wrongs? Whose side are you on, anyway?
It is time to make known your dissent from the Catholic Church, in light of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ ruthless campaign endangering the right to contraception. If you’re part of the Catholic Church, you’re part of the problem.
Why is this so hard to understand? The Catholic Church is not denying anyone access to contraceptives. The Bishops simply do not want to be forced, against their beliefs. Why should the government force them? They take up the question a little further down.
our Church hysterically claims that secular medical policy is “an assault against religious liberty.” You are savvy enough to realize that the real assault is by the Church against women’s rights and health care. As Nation columnist Katha Pollitt asks: Is it an offense against Jehovah Witnesses that health care coverage will include blood transfusions? The Amish, as Pollitt points out, don’t label cars “an assault on religious liberty” and try to force everyone to drive buggies. The louder the Church cries “offense against religious liberty” the harder it works to take away women’s liberty.
It would be an offense against Jehovah’s Witnesses to force them to accept blood transfusions or pay for others transfusions. It would be an offense against the Amish to force them to buy cars. The analogy they use is backward. Obama is trying it do the equivalent of both these examples to Catholic institutions. But here is where they turn nasty.
Why are you propping up the pillars of a tyrannical and autocratic, woman-hating, sex-perverting, antediluvian Old Boys Club? Why are you aiding and abetting a church that has repeatedly and publicly announced a crusade to ban contraception, abortion and sterilization, and to deny the right of all women everywhere, Catholic or not, to decide whether and when to become mothers? When it comes to reproductive freedom, the Roman Catholic Church is Public Enemy Number One. Think of the acute misery, poverty, needless suffering, unwanted pregnancies, social evils and deaths that can be laid directly at the door of the Church’s antiquated doctrine that birth control is a sin and must be outlawed.
A backer of the Roman Catholic presidential candidate says that if women want to avoid pregnancy we should put an aspirin between our knees? Catholic politicians are urging that the right to contraception should be left up to states? Nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court upheld contraception as a privacy right, we’re going to have to defend this basic freedom all over again?
You’re better than your church. So why? Why continue to attend Mass? Tithe? Why dutifully sacrifice to send your children to parochial schools so they can be brainwashed into the next generation of myrmidons (and, potentially, become the next Church victims)? For that matter, why have you put up with an institution that won’t put up with women priests, that excludes half of humanity?
No self-respecting feminist, civil libertarian or progressive should cling to the Catholic faith. As a Cafeteria Catholic, you chuck out the stale doctrine and moldy decrees of your religion, but keep patronizing the establishment that menaces public health by serving rotten offerings. Your continuing Catholic membership, as a “liberal,” casts a veneer of respectability upon an irrational sect determined to blow out the Enlightenment and threaten liberty for women worldwide. You are an enabler. And it’s got to stop.
Obama has compromised, but the Church never budges, instead launching a vengeful modern-day Inquisition. Look at its continuing directives to parish priests to use their pulpits every Sunday to lobby you against Obama’s policy, the Church’s announcement of a major anti-contraception media campaign — using your tithes, contributions and donations — to defeat Obama’s laudable health care policy. The Church has introduced into Congress the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, ” a bill to place the conscienceless Catholic Church’s “rights of conscience” above the rights of conscience of 53 percent of Americans. That the Church has “conscience rights” to deny women their rights is a kissing cousin to the claim that “corporations are people.” The Church that hasn’t persuaded you to oppose contraception now wants to use the force of secular law to deny contraceptive rights to non-Catholics.
Again, no one is being denied contraceptive rights. And doesn’t the Catholic Church have a right to express its opinion? It would seem that the FFRF thinks not.
But is there any point in going on? After all, your misplaced loyalty has lasted through two decades of public sex scandals involving preying priests, children you may have known as victims, and church complicity, collusion and coverup going all the way to the top. Are you like the battered woman who, after being beaten down every Sunday, feels she has no place else to go?
But we have a more welcoming home to offer, free of incense-fogged ritual, free of what freethinker Bertrand Russell called “ideas uttered long ago by ignorant men,” free of blind obedience to an illusory religious authority. Join those of us who put humanity above dogma.
As a member of the “flock” of an avowedly antidemocratic club, isn’t it time you vote with your feet? Please, exit en Mass.
I sometimes wonder if the Freedom From Religion Foundation is some sort of false front intended to make Atheists all look like jerks.
The only thing that makes this different from one of Jack Chick’s anti-Catholic tracts is that the FFRF is not saying that the Catholic Church is under the control of the Devil. Other than that they both show about the same amount of bigotry. Not surprisingly Catholic League President Bill Donovan has labeled this ad “hate speech”. As far as I am concerned they are free to put out any ad they want to, but I triple dog dare them to put put a similar ad about Muslims.
They wouldn’t, of course. Catholics don’t blow up people who insult them.
- Crucify This Catholic Nightmare (crispysea.blogspot.com)
- FFRF tells Catholics it’s time to leave the church (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- FFRF ad, ‘Quit the Catholic Church,’ runs in today’s Times – – – Freedom From Religion foundation (richarddawkins.net)
- ‘It’s time for you to quit the Catholic Church’ (secularnewsdaily.com)
Note the Atheists and Secularists who seem to approve of the ad. Perhaps I was wrong. FFRF is not a false front. Many Atheists really are bigoted jerks.