FFRF ads counter ‘pope-mania’

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Look in today’s New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Philadelphia Inquirer for FFRF’s full-page advertisements about why it’s inappropriate that Pope Francis was invited to address a joint session of Congress.

Additionally, FFRF is airing a 30-second spot featuring footage of John F. Kennedy as a candidate making his famous remarks to Houston ministers, saying “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” 

That ad airs nationally sometime during ABC World News (5:30 p.m. Central).

The same ad ran in more than 20 metropolitan areas during The Late Show featuring Stephen Colbert last night. (CBS for undisclosed reasons rejected national advertising.) FFRF aired the ad last night instead of tonight as a football game is expected to delay or preempt Thursday’s Late Show.

“Many Americans have great unease over the governmental appearance of adulatory favoritism and endorsement of one religion’s leader,the appearance of governmental favoritism of Catholicism over other religions and over non-religion. Six of our nine Supreme Court justices are Catholic, and will be in attendance. Nor has cost to taxpayers of the security and traffic control necessitated over this address at the Capitol been disclosed,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

Freedom From Religion Foundation

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