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Atheists Step Up 'It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church' Campaign
Christian Post ^ | 03/06/2012 | By Alex Murashko

Posted on 03/06/2012 9:45:42 AM PST by SeekAndFind

An atheist activist group is fighting the Catholic Church's "war against contraception" by stepping up its campaign that suggests believers should end their faithfulness to their religion.

The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation plans to run a full-page ad in The New York Times that states, "It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church." FFRF is conducting a fundraiser to pay for the $52,000 ad and has collected $45,000 so far, according to a chart on the group's website.

The FFRF campaign began last month in light of opposition from the Catholic Church to the Obama administration's decision that seeks to guarantee employees of church and ministry-affiliated institutions reproductive health coverage, including contraception, abortifacients and sterilization.

"Dear 'Liberal' Catholic," an open letter written by the group's co-president, Annie Laurie Gaylor, begins. "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?"

Gaylor called the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops' opposition to mandatory free contraception to employees of religious organizations a "ruthless campaign endangering the right to contraception."

"If you're part of the Catholic Church, you're part of the problem," she continued. "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."

Last Thursday, the Senate rejected by a 51-48 vote a bill that would have permitted religious employers to refuse to cover medical services that violated their moral and religious convictions.

A Catholic political action group is targeting the 13 Democratic senators who supported the contraception mandate and is making plans to defeat those who are up for reelection in November.

"Faithful Catholics should take the opportunity to thank those Senators supporting our religious liberties," said Matt Smith, president of the Catholic Advocate, a group that encourages Catholics to be active in the political process. "It is our duty as laity to hold those who did not support our values accountable and vote our conscience when the time comes."

Evangelical columnist Chuck Colson recently argued that the way the issue of free contraception through health care has played out among its supporters is deceitful and "downright shameful."

"They say this is all about protecting women's access to contraception. This is, folks, the biggest red herring I've seen in politics. It's garbage, and they know it," Colson said. "Shame on them. Nobody is saying they shouldn't have access to contraceptives. Any woman can go to virtually any drug store and purchase them. Even drugs that induce abortion. As I told you last week, these things are even available in vending machines now!"

The scathing letter against Catholics by Gaylor included a paragraph that reads: "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)?"

Gaylor continued, "It is disgraceful that U.S. health care reform is being held hostage to the Catholic Church's bizarre opposition to medically prescribed contraception. No politician should jeopardize electability for failure to genuflect before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."

However, Colson wrote that the national debate is not really about contraception.

"Folks, women's access to contraception is not the issue here. They have it. In spades. What's really going on is that the Obama Administration wants women to have access to FREE contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. It's an ideological imperative for them. And such niceties as the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom just don't matter in comparison," Colson stated.

"Make no mistake: What we are witnessing is indeed the leading edge of tyranny," Colson concluded.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: atheism; atheist; catholicism

1 posted on 03/06/2012 9:45:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9123866/Churches-adopt-new-Ten-Commandments.html

About 600 churches in the UK have a new set of 10 commandments.

No wonder its an atheist country about to be a Muslim country


2 posted on 03/06/2012 9:47:41 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

A 2000 year-old institution is not going to be rocked by these idiots. We have it from the Founder, “The gates of hell, shall not prevail against thee.

http://drb.scripturetext.com/matthew/16.htm


3 posted on 03/06/2012 9:51:23 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: SeekAndFind
Satan really despises atheists—I mean he is glad they all come to him so it's not that—it's just that he has to spend several eternities explaining to the morons how they got there.
4 posted on 03/06/2012 9:53:45 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Better add another wing to The White House cause the Santorum clan is coming.")
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To: SeekAndFind

They should contact Nancy Pelosi for a donation, she is such a good catholic and follows their teaching to the ninth degree


5 posted on 03/06/2012 9:57:44 AM PST by YukonGreen
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To: SeekAndFind

I heard this story.

Two ancients were talking, one a woman, the other a Rabbi. The woman asked “Rabbi, who will be more important in the eyes of the Lord, us, or the people of the future”?

Rabbi: “Well my child, it will be the people of the future. We are fighting Satan chained, the people of the future will fight hin UN-chained”.

And here they are. Satans loyal followers are marching into hell everyday....gladly. These have yet to make the trip.


6 posted on 03/06/2012 10:03:16 AM PST by mardi59 (I'm not looking for MTV, I'm looking for MVP. Newt 2012!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bizarre teaching? Prior to 1930 all protestant denominations condemned artificial contraception as sin. One by one they ALL succumbed to modernism/progressivism and we have what we have now, as pointed out prophetically by Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae, the much maligned and despised encyclical on human life. The Catholic Church has ALWAYS TAUGHT artificial contraception is mortal sin. This teaching WILL NEVER CHANGE. There are moral absolutes and there is objective truth. The Catholic Church has this right.

The current issues is much less about contraception than it is religous freedom.


7 posted on 03/06/2012 10:04:34 AM PST by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t think of a more misguided waste of money. Anyone who would be swayed by a full page ad by athiests to leave the Church probably has no business talking up space in the pews.


8 posted on 03/06/2012 10:05:10 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The First Amendment of the Constitution already guarantees these dolts' freedom of religion (or freedom from it, if they so choose). The amendment doesn't say you have to pick a Religion.

It's an individual choice, of course, we know liberals are of the herd mentality and are incapable of individual thought.
9 posted on 03/06/2012 10:06:04 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I wish these atheists would just disappear.
10 posted on 03/06/2012 10:06:16 AM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: pgkdan

RE: I can’t think of a more misguided waste of money

Hey, if they want to waste their money, let them. It’s their money.

This is so unlike Sandra Fluke, who wants to use YOUR MONEY and MINE to help fund her sexual activities.


11 posted on 03/06/2012 10:18:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

“...its campaign that suggests believers should end their faithfulness to their religion.”

Why should they even care what I believe? Lol...

The lack of logic on the part of this campaign is really almost humorous.


12 posted on 03/06/2012 10:23:50 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Happy Rain

“Satan really despises atheists—I mean he is glad they all come to him so it’s not that—it’s just that he has to spend several eternities explaining to the morons how they got there. “

Great comment, I’m going to use that one... Hope you do not mind.


13 posted on 03/06/2012 10:27:25 AM PST by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Constitution)
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To: jafojeffsurf
Not at all—the clever sophistry of atheism practically demands ridicule.
14 posted on 03/06/2012 10:38:08 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Better add another wing to The White House cause the Santorum clan is coming.")
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To: Happy Rain

when will they start a Lose the Burqa ad campaign?


15 posted on 03/06/2012 10:53:17 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy
When they get Kevlar neckties.
16 posted on 03/06/2012 10:57:24 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Better add another wing to The White House cause the Santorum clan is coming.")
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To: massgopguy

Where are the Atheist Hospitals?
Where are the Atheist Homeless Shelters?
Where are the Atheist Food Pantries?
Where are the Atheist Orphanages?


17 posted on 03/06/2012 10:57:32 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Happy Rain

It was a rhetorical question. But good answer.


18 posted on 03/06/2012 10:59:55 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind
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Usual Suspects

Useful Idiots for the enemy of our souls. These who believe in "chance" as the designer of their bodies. So "Father Chance" created everything. How ironic they really will meet "father Chance" who is the enemy of our souls. The old serpent.

I will be praying for these. I hope all of us will pray too.

19 posted on 03/06/2012 11:00:13 AM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Happy Rain

It was a rhetorical question. But good answer.


20 posted on 03/06/2012 11:00:25 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

Nice point.


21 posted on 03/06/2012 11:02:36 AM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: SeekAndFind

People who tell me what to believe—and what not to believe—pi$$ me off.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 11:03:49 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: SeekAndFind

“...antediluvian Old Boys Club...”

Fun they saying that, because the atheist pagan coallition are the ones behaving as they did before the Flood.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 11:03:53 AM PST by Moose Burger
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To: SeekAndFind
"Dear 'Liberal' Catholic," an open letter written by the group's co-president, Annie Laurie Gaylor, begins. "It's time to quit the Roman Catholic Church. It's your moment of truth.

Great idea.

If there's one thing the Church needs, it's to lose a sizable number of its liberal CINOs.

24 posted on 03/06/2012 11:25:32 AM PST by marshmallow (.)
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To: marshmallow
If Annie is successful she'd be doing a favor for faithful Catholics. I hope they take their faithless priests and deacons with them. We might be a smaller church but we wouldn't be guilty of spreading watered down Catholic doctrine. Annie there's a special place in hell for you.
25 posted on 03/06/2012 12:03:52 PM PST by mimaw
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To: SeekAndFind

-——”If you’re part of the Catholic Church, you’re part of the problem”-——

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name.


26 posted on 03/06/2012 12:12:47 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
"Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name."

LOL. Touche'

27 posted on 03/06/2012 1:13:44 PM PST by circlecity
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