Anti-Catholic Image of the Week

The years 1910-1915 saw one of the nastiest anti-Catholic backlashes in American history. This cartoon, titled “The Popish Bargain Counter,” shows an innocent Protestant farmer being duped by a priest in biretta and vestments behind the counter. Among the items parodied are Catholic indulgences, the sacraments, and the Catholic reverence for saints’ relics. This cartoon appeared in a 1915 issue of Watson’s Magazine, a journal published and edited by Thomas E. Watson (1856-1922). A Georgia newspaperman and politician, Watson was noted for his rabid hatred of Roman Catholicism. From 1920 until his death, he served as United States Senator from Georgia.(Click on the image for a closer view!)

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  • LoneThinker

    The parody of Catholic belief and devotions is as valid today in some Evangelical circles and they have TV radio and full-colour printed material with which to spread it.

  • Korou

    That looks not so much like hate speech as healthy satire. The powerful being mocked for their hypocrisy is a good sign, whether it’s celebrities, churches or politicians.

  • Thomas R

    Thomas E. Watson is an intriguing figure in American history. In his thirties he supported the right of blacks to vote and was a populist against the aristocrats of the South. My Southern history teacher told me he even took personal risks to help blacks.

    However later in life he grew bitter or maybe saw where the wind was blowing. He became an advocate for a renewed KKK and reportedly inflamed antisemitism during the Leo-Frank/Mary-Phagan case. Ended up known for his hostility to blacks, Catholics, and Jews. The above notwithstanding the intent probably was Anti-Catholic whether or not it was also satire.


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