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Pamela Gellar just provided the opportunity to the New York Times to show their extreme hypocrisy and they did.
Two ads shown below, click on the image for an enlarged version. The top ad is an anti- Catholic ad the New York Times ran and the one below that is basically the same ad, but the words "Catholic Church" were replaced with the word "Islam," and "liberal and nominal Catholics" was replaced with "moderate Muslims", etc... simple changes to reflect the target audience but kept to the format of the anti-Catholic ad, and the New York Times refused to run it at this time.
Ad the New York Times ran:
Ad the New York Times refused to run:
Via The Daily Caller:
That ad called on Catholics to quit their religion, and asked “why send your children to parochial schools to be indoctrinated into the next generation of obedient donors and voters? Can It you see how misplaced your loyalty is after two decades of sex scandals involving preying priests, church complicity, collusion and cover-up going all the way to the top…Join ‘those of us who put humanity above dogma.”
According to Donahue, “no rational person can maintain there is anything but injustice” in the Times’s decision to run the anti-Catholic ad but not Gellar’s anti-Islam one.
Geller designed her anti-sharia ad to mimic the Mar. 9 anti-Catholic ad in appearance, tone, structure and words.
For example, Geller’s ad called on Muslims to quit their religion, and asked “Why put up with an institution that dehumanizes women and non-Muslims … [do] you keep identifying with the ideology that threatens liberty for women and menaces freedom by slaughtering, oppressing and subjugating non-Muslims… Join those of us who put humanity above the vengeful, hateful and violent teachings of Islam’s ‘prophet.’”
Geller’s mimicry also included a paragraph that asks Muslims to “think of the acute misery, poverty, needless suffering, social evils and deaths that can be laid directly a the door of Islam’s antiquated doctrine that commands jihad and genocide.”
That passage replicates a paragraph from the Time’s anti-Catholic ad, that declared “think of the acute misery I poverty I needless suffering I unwanted pregnancies I overpopulation, social evils and deaths that can be laid directly at the door of your church’s pernicious doctrine that birth control’ is a sin and must be outlawed.”
Statement by Catholic League president Bill Donohu, via Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights website:
On March 9, the New York Times ran a viciously anti-Catholic ad placed by the radical atheist group, Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF); to read it, and our rejoinder to it, click here. In response, anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller decided to submit an ad to the Times that played off the FFRF ad by changing the wording to make it look like an attack on Islam. For example, she asked Muslims to quit their religion because they oppress so many people.
Neil Munro of The Daily Caller has a splendid article on Geller’s courageous gambit today [click here to read it]. She was turned down by the Times. It was rejected, they said, because “the fallout from running this ad now could put U.S. troops and/or civilians in the [Afghan] region in danger.”
The Times’ rationale for denying Geller’s ad is sound: as a veteran, I am opposed to unnecessarily putting our armed forces in harm’s way. But I wonder why it takes fear to impel the New York Times not to run bigoted ads. Wouldn’t ethics suffice? It certainly wasn’t enough when they decided to run the FFRF ad assaulting Catholic sensibilities.
It would be wrong to merely pick on the Times. We need to have a national discussion on the way the elite media extend a privileged position to some sectors of our society, while failing to extend the same protections to other sectors.
The blatant hypocrisy by the New York Times is being noticed, talked about and is making them a laughingstock of the media world.
New York Times Stock Chart: (1 year period)
A look at the New York Times net revenue and net income over the last two years, via their Income Statement from Yahoo Finance, says it all.