Posts Tagged ‘Hobby Lobby’

Anti-Catholic Bigotry in the United States

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

In response to the ad on p. A13 in today’s New York Times, here’s my Catholic New York column:

I prayed, I hoped, that the notoriously anti-Catholic firebrands of the nebulous and anonymous “Freedom From Religion Foundation” (FFRF) in Madison, Wisconsin, would once again, as they predictably had in the past, print a full-page, drippingly bigoted blast in the hospitable pages of the New York Times.

So I smiled in relief as a friend called to ask me—ironically, on the day before Independence Day, celebrating what is most noble and freedom-loving in our beloved country—if I had seen the anticipated ad in the New York Times

Here I simply want to welcome the grey, full-page ad, and thank the anonymous militiamen at FFRF for giving me yet another handout for my students when I give my next talk on “Anti-Catholic Bigotry in the United States.”

…Would they take out such an ad (and would any respectable newspaper publish it?) claiming a Jewish congressman could not freely vote on aid to Israel?; or that a Mormon judge could not rule on marriage?; or that a Baptist legislator could not clearly vote on issues of liquor or gambling?; or that a Quaker president was unable to be Commander-in-Chief?; or that an African-American justice had no objectivity on a civil rights issue?

Read the rest of it here.

Some Great Hobby Lobby Responses

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

In case you missed them, here are some excellent responses in today’s papers to yesterday’s Supreme Court pro-religious liberty decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood case.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Louisville, wrote an outstanding column in today’s New York Post.

The Post also has an excellent editorial, as does the New York Daily News.

And Kathryn Jean Lopez, of Catholic Voices USA, one of the best writers around, has an op-ed in the News.

Enjoy!