The New York Times is being blasted for its decision to run an anti-Catholic ad, produced by the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), bitterly critical of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling protecting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties from the Department of Health and Human Services' contraception mandate requiring businesses and non-profits to provide free abortion-inducing contraceptives to their employees.
“Dogma Should Not Trump Our Civil Liberties,” screams the headline of the ad which ran in the Times' Thursday, July 3, edition, followed by a subhead shouting that an “All Male, All Roman Catholic Majority on Supreme Court” had placed “Religious Wrongs Over Women's Rights.” (To view a PDF of the ad, click here.)
The ad, which solicits for funding and membership in the FFRF, charges the “ultra-conservative, Roman Catholic majority — Justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Kennedy and Thomas,” with intentionally coming down on the side of “zealous fundamentalists who equate contraception with abortion.” The ad complains that the ruling, which affirmed the authority of the congressional Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), “marks a turning point in the struggle to uphold civil liberties in the face of relentless attacks by the Religious Right.”
The ad demands that Congress repeal the RFRA, complaining that “Employers Should Have No Right to Impose Their Religious Beliefs upon Workers.” The RFRA, insist the atheist activists, “radically redefines 'religious freedom,' according [to believers'] extreme religious liberty, exempting them from laws they claim create substantial burdens on their free exercise of religion.”
Prominently featured in the ad is the visage of Margaret Sanger, the racist founder of abortion giant Planned Parenthood, along with her declaration that “no woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.” As noted by Breitbart News, the ad does not include Sanger's assertion that “birth control will lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”
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