Ohio newspaper censors FFRF ad criticizing Catholic Church

A full-page prepaid ad (click on the image to enlarge) by the Freedom From Religion Foundation which had been accepted more than a month ago to run on Saturday, Aug. 25, was summarily refused a few days before publication by the Daily Standard in Celina, Ohio.

FFRF was contacted on Aug. 20 by Frank M. Snyder, publisher, and its payment was refunded.

The ad had been suggested and underwritten by a generous Celina FFRF member. The donor noted that the newspaper had accepted and published a full-page ad by a religiously motivated anti-abortion outfit on June 6 encouraging Ohio Senate President Pro-Tempore Keith Faber, from Celina, to pass a fetal “personhood” bill.

The signature ad, “It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church,” has run in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, generating a lot of dialogue on the Catholic Bishops’ interference with contraceptive coverage for American women.

The ad, an open letter to ‘liberal’ and ‘nominal’ Catholics, asks:

“Do you choose women and their rights, or Bishops and their wrongs? In light of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ war against women’s right to contraception . . . Why are you aiding and abetting a church that has repeatedly engaged in a crusade to ban contraception, abortion and sterilization, to deny the right of all women everywhere, Catholic or not, to decide whether and when to become mothers?”

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?”


Please call or send a firm but polite message objecting to the Standard’s double standard and lack of fairness to:

Frank M. Snyder, publisher
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Phone: 419-586-2371
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