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Freedom From Religion Foundation releases ad, featuring Julia Sweeney, against Catholic bishops

Freedom From Religion Foundation releases ad, featuring Julia Sweeney, against Catholic bishops

This week the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) released an ad featuring Julia Sweeney, which they call "great experiment to storm the "Bishops' Bastille"" countering the Catholic bishops' war on contraception.  This ad is part of their "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" and "Quit the Catholic Church" campaigns.

The 30-second spot, according to the FFRF, received various responses thus far and it will run 1200 times during a two-week period.

We're getting a lot of phone calls at the FFRF office in response. Some callers are giving our female receptionists a hard time, making unprintable comments. But others are our kind of folks, such as a grandmother in Pennsylvania who said she was raised Catholic but is "98 percent atheist," and is disgusted by the Catholic Church's attempt, as she put it, to "put canon law over civil law."

A kind man living in a remote area of North Carolina caught us on MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews. Another North Carolinian called after seeing Julia's spot on a rerun of the The Daily Show and said people have forgotten the need for a strict separation between state and church. I couldn't help replying: "It might sound strange for an atheist to say this, but hallelujah, brother." He laughed and said, "Amen, sister."

FFRF's Facebook page received 500 new likes over the weekend, but request that people join them if they really like them.

The FFRF lists the various shows that will feature the ad through July 4, and updates the page frequently.  The FFRF listed the times the ad will air as expected times for when the ad will air and listed as Eastern Time on a 24-hour clock and they are guaranteed over 42 million viewers.

In the ad, Julia says:

"Hi, I'm Julia Sweeney, and I'm a cultural Catholic. I am no longer a believer and I even wrote a play about it called "Letting Go of God." But I wanted to let you know that right now Catholic Bishops are framing their opposition to contraceptive coverage as a religious freedom issue. But the real threat to freedom is the Bishops, who want to be free to force their dogma on people who don't want it. Please join the Freedom From Religion Foundation and help keep church and state separate. [FFRF's name, toll-free number and website are displayed throughout the ad.]

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
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