Ohio Newspaper Refuses to Run ‘It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church’ Ad

The Freedom From Religion Foundation planned to run their “It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church” ad in the Daily Standard newspaper (based in Celina, Ohio) this Saturday. They paid for the ad a month ago (click to enlarge PDF):

But earlier this week, they were told by the publisher that the paper would no longer run the ad.

What was the problem? Was it too political? Too opinionated?

It can’t be that. The same paper ran a full-age ad from a pro-life group in June “encouraging Ohio Senate President Pro-Tempore Keith Faber… to pass a fetal ‘personhood’ bill.”

So what gives? FFRF has no idea:

FFRF receives “a disproportionate number of state-church complaints from Ohio residents unhappy with religion in Ohio government,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “It’s hard to educate or make headway with such obvious and blatant favoritism and censorship. What happened to the vaunted marketplace of ideas?”

She is encouraging FFRF members and others disturbed by the Daily Standard’s double standard to contact the newspaper. “Why does this newspaper fear open debate so much it will squelch an important alternative message?”

At least the paper refunded all the money back to FFRF… but it still doesn’t excuse their behavior or why they accepted the money in the first place.

If you’d like to contact the newspaper to speak your mind, the contact information is here.

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