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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

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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Catholic Ping
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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

ping


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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To: NYer

Despicable toon ... and so telling of the paper and the readers who value it.


21 posted on 04/23/2007 10:28:14 AM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: TonyRo76
She is too Constitutionally conservative for the democrats to allow her on the court. If she were nominated, the democrap assassination of her life and sterling character would make the term ‘borking’ become ‘browning’. The democraps might even come up with a new and more spittleworth term than 'uncle tom' to denigrate that brilliant woman. Why would she allow herself to be nominated for all the abuse?
22 posted on 04/23/2007 10:31:57 AM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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23 posted on 04/23/2007 1:49:25 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, insects)
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To: NYer

I don’t get this one. Where you define the beginning of life is a philosophical question, not a religious one. As far as I can tell, the Bible does not address this question, and there are plenty of pro-life athiests.


24 posted on 04/23/2007 1:53:25 PM PDT by presidio9 (Suspended for posting an article about Scalia and Arthur Miller arguing at SCOTUS. Seriously.)
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To: NYer

This ignorant cartoon appears to be an offshoot of the Rosie remark on The SickView.


25 posted on 04/23/2007 2:14:28 PM PDT by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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To: NYer

Just imagine if there were yamakas on the two pro-abortion Jewish judges.


26 posted on 04/23/2007 2:17:56 PM PDT by Diago (Every 3 days, more Blacks are killed by abortion than have been killed by KKK in its entire history)
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To: TonyRo76
Good point! Republicans can be bogus "Catholics" too.

Arnold Schwarzenegger.

27 posted on 04/23/2007 2:18:10 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: NYer

Better cartoon would be Clinton, Feinstein, Boxer and a bunch of other libs eating a roasted Baby.


28 posted on 04/23/2007 2:22:22 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: presidio9
As far as I can tell, the Bible does not address this question, and there are plenty of pro-life athiests.

On the contrary, the Bible has plenty to say about preborn life.

29 posted on 04/23/2007 3:41:12 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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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.

Yes... Heaven forbid we should have anyone using their faith to dictate their legal decisions based on laws that follow the teachings of Christ.

30 posted on 04/23/2007 4:12:27 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: eleni121
Good grief... what did Rosie say now?

Imus is gone, but Rosie continues to get a mic in her face?

Go figure.

31 posted on 04/23/2007 4:16:03 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: NYer
I don't understand the stance of some pro-choice folks on this issue. What does any religion have to do with banning this procedure? It is barbaric and is nothing more than a way to get a dead baby....retroactive birth control.
Even Dem pro-choice advocates voted to pass this measure in Congress and the Supremes did the right thing by declining to rule on it.
Any human being with an ounce of brain matter and anything close to a conscience should be outraged that such a practice has ever been performed in this country.
Burning at the stake is more humane.
32 posted on 04/23/2007 4:29:09 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Don't question faith. Don't answer lies.)
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To: Northern Yankee

ON April 19th Rosie O’Donut made her latest blooper attack for which ABC pays her handsomely.

Video and dialogue here:

http://newsbusters.org/node/12157


33 posted on 04/23/2007 4:47:21 PM PDT by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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To: eleni121
Thanks...

I've just read the dialog, and if there were ever an example of moral relativism, Rosie O'Donnel drips with it.

My goodness... It's all about choice for the mother, and not a single thought given to the life of the boy or girl that is destroyed in the process.

Rosie is so factually wrong on almost everything she says, that one knows hardly where to begin.

She is sick, and really is in trouble in regards to her soul. Apparently though, this too is her choice.

34 posted on 04/23/2007 5:08:44 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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ping.

It is pretty anti-Catholic.

35 posted on 04/23/2007 5:10:32 PM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: NYer; Coleus
Pinged from Terri Dailies

8mm


36 posted on 04/24/2007 3:35:43 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Northern Yankee
>> Good grief... what did Rosie say now?

Every so often Rosie says something hilarious :-)

37 posted on 04/24/2007 5:41:36 AM PDT by T'wit (Visitors: you come here expecting a turkey shoot, and then you find out that you are the turkey.)
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To: TonyRo76
Dick Durbins

A Presbyterian friend called out to Durbin (during a local campaign appearance for Obama in '04) that he should repent because of all the babies he's killed, and that he should stop calling himself a Catholic until he does. The look on Durbin's face and the rage in his voice when he yelled back something about how we shouldn't be judging him...you'd think he'd been accused of child molesting.

38 posted on 04/24/2007 8:18:19 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: TonyRo76
You know, the really fun part was before he got there, watching all the local Dems freak out over our "40,000 dead babies--Are you proud?" and "[Picture of a baby] > [picture of a hamster]" signs. My wife still can get me to fall on the floor laughing by doing her impression of the combination Valley Girl/Abortion activist who came up to harass her about the hamster sign. "So, you admit there's never been a a situation where he had to choose between saving a baby and saving a hamster, but you think that sign's fair?" One guy kept coming out of the library (where the Obama campaign speech was going to be) to hit us with "zingers" that were horribly lame and then my wife would smack him down mercilessly. An example:

"Hey, let's all go to the sex club like Jack Ryan!"

"No, you go on ahead, sir. We're not into that."

A number of the dems came past and answer the "Proud Yet?" sign by saying they were indeed proud that their party protected the right to choose. I told them that being proud to be murderers was a pretty sad place to be. Some of them were already ticked because they had walked past my Presbyterian friend to get there, and he was asking each person who came by him if they knew how a PBA is performed.

All in all, it was some of the best Freeping I've ever done...even better than the time I was out in front of Dem HQ with a Kerry sign and a Viet Cong costume. And I guarantee that the folks at the Keyes rally in October had more fun (even though we knew we were losing horribly) than any of these poor Dem clowns.

40 posted on 04/24/2007 11:19:08 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: TonyRo76
40,000=40,000,000

And boy, did all those zeroes across the top of the sign make an impression!

41 posted on 04/24/2007 11:20:28 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: peteram
If the left so desperately wanted to keep the church out of the state and out of the SCOTUS

The SCOTUS, in 1961, referred to secular humanism as a religion. The left doesn't want all religion out of the state, they want THEIR religion IN the state.

43 posted on 04/24/2007 12:07:40 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: NYer; All

Notice how Ginsburg and her friends were not depicted with their tiaras for the actual and reigning state religion of the US - secular humanism.

When the left says they believe in the separation of church and state, what they mean is separation of the people from their faith. They are not opposed to a state religion, they just demand that it be theirs.


44 posted on 04/24/2007 3:22:24 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli
When the left says they believe in the separation of church and state, what they mean is separation of the people from their faith. They are not opposed to a state religion, they just demand that it be theirs.

You truly nailed it!! That reminds me of the homily delivered by (then) Cardinal Ratzinger as the Cardinals prepared to gather in conclave to elect the next pope.

How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. Every day new sects spring up, and what St Paul says about human deception and the trickery that strives to entice people into error (cf. Eph 4: 14) comes true.

FULL TEXT

45 posted on 04/24/2007 4:08:34 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: presidio9

Study child sacrifice.


46 posted on 04/28/2007 9:40:08 PM PDT by huldah1776 (Worthy is the Lamb.)
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To: NYer
I will call the Inquirer Monday.

It would be good if local Catholics protested. And yes, I've been saying it all my life, the media and others get away with blatant slams against the Catholic church, that they wouldn't dare try with other religions.

Just like they attack Cuban Americans more than any other ethnic or racial group.

47 posted on 04/28/2007 9:45:55 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

Catholics Protest outside every Planned parenthood in Delaware valley every day but SUNDAY the BUTCHERS rest!


48 posted on 04/30/2007 12:46:19 AM PDT by philly-d-kidder (It is who you turn to in a time of need that shows your character!)
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