Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tolerance - the moment between breathing out one orthodoxy and breathing in another.

The New York Times is tolerant of atheist attacks on Catholicism....

....but absolutely won't permit ads identical to attack ads on Catholicism to be run against Muslims.

//The article points out that this is the second FFRF ad attacking Catholicism and that the NYT refused to run an identical ad re Islam.

//At least one conservative group pointed out an apparently cowardly double standard at work within the Times, noting that while the paper has eagerly and regularly run the FFRF's anti-Christian advertisements, it turned suddenly reluctant when approached by a group that wanted to run an ad critical of Islam, assumedly because it feared violent backlash from militant Islamists.

The Media Research Center linked to a 2012 blog post by libertarian David Volokh, who showed how the Times had run the FFRF's ad titled “It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church,” but demurred when approached with a similar ad, titled “It's Time to Quit Islam,” submitted by a duo of groups, the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of Nations (SION), both of them creations in part of anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller.

Geller wrote that in response to her groups' ad, Bob Christie, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for the New York Times, called “to advise me that they would be accepting my ad, but considering the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, now would not be a good time, as they did not want to enflame an already hot situation. They will be reconsidering it for publication in 'a few months.'”

Predictably, the “few months” have turned into two years, and the Times has yet to run Geller's ad — while it continues to roll with the FFRF's ongoing paid anti-Catholic diatribe.

Volokh noted that the Times' response to Geller's submission is proof of one of the points Geller had earlier made: “Almost no Catholics are likely to respond violently even to harsh criticism of the Catholic Church — but enough Muslims are likely to respond violently to harsh criticism of Islam (whether the response is against the critic or against others) that the Times itself views such criticism as unsafe. There are plenty of peace-loving Muslims, but unfortunately there are also enough extremist Muslim thugs to affect what the Times is willing to publish.”//

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