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Pro-Life Group Blasts Philadelphia Inquirer's Anti-Catholic Abortion Cartoon
Life News ^ | April 22, 2007 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 04/23/2007 6:57:29 AM PDT by NYer

Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) -- The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper is coming under fire for a cartoon it ran following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the federal partial-birth abortion ban. The cartoon entitled “Church and State” features the five Catholic members of the high court wearing bishop miters.

Joseph Cella, the head of Fidelis, a leading Catholic pro-life group, says the newspaper, "has breached the line of reasonable editorial commentary. This cartoon is venomous, terribly misleading and, blatantly anti-Catholic."

"We call on the Inquirer to repudiate the cartoon’s anti-Catholic sentiment," Cella told LifeNews.com in a statement.

Cella says the cartoon suggests that the Supreme Court decision to uphold the ban on partial birth abortion was a result of the Catholic Church influencing the votes of the five Catholic Justices on the Supreme Court, who are portrayed as Catholic Bishops.

"The Supreme Court did not ‘follow marching orders’ from the Vatican or the Bishops in the United States. Instead, the Court deferred to deliberative judgment of the people's elected representatives protected by the Constitution,” Cella said.

“By exposing this outrageously intolerant cartoon, we hope to contain future attacks on judges of faith, particularly during any future confirmation hearings which will likely prove to be the most contentious in history," he added.

Cella said the Inquirer's cartoon resembles the attack on Judge Bill Pryor, who was mocked for having “deeply-held” religious beliefs as a Catholic. Pryor faced sharply abusive rhetoric before he was finally confirmed to the federal bench in 2003.

"The Inquirer’s insinuation that a Catholic judge cannot act dispassionately and apply the law is an affront to all judges of faith, and smacks of anti-Catholic bigotry and elitism of the worst kind," he concluded.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; anticatholic; bias; cartoon; catholicbias; pba; prolife; scotus
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No newspaper would ever dare depict the Supremes as Jewish Rabbis nor as Muslim Imams, yet they can get away with the Catholic Bishop look.

1 posted on 04/23/2007 6:57:32 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
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2 posted on 04/23/2007 6:58:03 AM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer

“No newspaper would ever dare depict the Supremes as Jewish Rabbis nor as Muslim Imams”

Neither would be correct, frankly, but I get your point.

It was my experience that the Left will use any racial, religious hatred or social bigotry to the fullest when it suits “the common good”.


3 posted on 04/23/2007 7:10:26 AM PDT by alecqss
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To: Wuli

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4 posted on 04/23/2007 7:11:15 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: NYer
Well, that's not terribly funny. 
 
What'd make it better was if Justice Thomas was in black face, like they did to Michael Steele...

SimpleSamboMichaelSteel.jpg
Now THAT's funny!

Owl_Eagle

If what I just wrote made you sad or angry,
it was probably just a joke.

5 posted on 04/23/2007 7:11:29 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: NYer

When one runs out of things to say, the next step is to just pick an easy target. I mean, really, they couldn’t attack any substance of the actual ruling because PBA is so repulsive. It’s lazy and very revealing of a the intellectual abyss that liberals wallow in.


6 posted on 04/23/2007 7:12:04 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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To: NYer
It is truly a sad day in America, when the taking of human life is so accepted as another right. And when making fun of Christians is accepted as right and just.

Isiah 5:20 Doom to you who call evil good and good evil, Who put darkness in place of light and light in place of darkness, Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21 Doom to you who think you're so smart, who hold such a high opinion of yourselves! 22 All you're good at is drinking - champion boozers who collect trophies from drinking bouts 23 And then line your pockets with bribes from the guilty while you violate the rights of the innocent. (from The Message Bible)

7 posted on 04/23/2007 7:13:24 AM PDT by MsLady (Presidential prayer team)
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To: NYer

If the left so desperately wanted to keep the church out of the state and out of the SCOTUS, then they would have to ban people of ALL faiths (Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc) and all Christian denominations from becoming justices.

That would leave Athiests as the only people qualified.

Liberals are Stupid.


8 posted on 04/23/2007 7:16:49 AM PDT by peteram (Liberals are simply Stupid!)
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To: NYer

Using this logic, it would be just as valid to paint devil horns on the other 4 justices.


9 posted on 04/23/2007 7:21:04 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: NYer
The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which covers the city of Philadelphia and four suburban counties, counts 1,486,058 Catholics, or 38.4% of the total estimated population of the area, per Wikipedia. If even a large minority of these Catholics were to boycott the newspaper and its advertisers, it would apologize for the offensive cartoon very quickly. Since the newspaper business is in decline throughout the country, the newspapers are more vulnerable than others to boycott pressures. No doubt many of the most conservative Catholics in the archdiocese have dropped their subscription, but boycotting major advertisers of the newspaper is still leverage they hold.

The liberal media must be taught that their advertising revenue is in jeopardy if they choose to diss religious and political conservatives.

10 posted on 04/23/2007 7:24:15 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Good one!!!!!


11 posted on 04/23/2007 7:30:00 AM PDT by MsLady (Presidential prayer team)
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To: Wallace T.

Utterly disgusting. So are roving mobs of Catholic “youths” going to go out and riot now?

But seriously.... That supporters of PBA are so void of souls that they do not take into consideration the fact that full term babies get scissors stuck into the back of their heads is frightening to me. And that these people have high positions in government should make us all fear for the future.


12 posted on 04/23/2007 7:44:37 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: TonyRo76
Anyway, it sure is a nice contrast to the Kennedys, Kerrys, Leahys, Pelosis and Dick Durbins of the world...

Don't forget Rudi Giuliani, abortion loving Catholic adulterer at large.
14 posted on 04/23/2007 7:57:35 AM PDT by msnimje (True Conservatives will not support a pro-abortion candidate.)
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To: TonyRo76

Seems to me to get things right when it comes to life matters we need three more Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court.


15 posted on 04/23/2007 8:16:15 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: MsLady

Isaih 5:20 - Strong words and correct.


16 posted on 04/23/2007 8:20:15 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: NYer; Salvation

Anti-Catholicism, the last “safe” bigotry in America.


17 posted on 04/23/2007 8:40:11 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: NYer

The Inquirer was a paper I read from the ‘40’s till the ‘60’s when I moved to Ca. The Bulletin was my fave. But, both papers were decidedly liberal and only The Daily News there has any opposite opeders in debate. Odd that there are so many Roman Catholics in Pa. and Philly and yet the paper gets away with this bias. When will these dummies understand that Dems run the paper, the city and the state and they are the ones who are behind this bias???


20 posted on 04/23/2007 10:18:14 AM PDT by phillyfanatic
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