Screenshot from a commentary on nationalpost.com, about the Freedom From Religion Foundation ad that was run in the New York Times.
The New York Times is being accused of practising a double standard when it comes to questioning religion, after running an ad calling on Catholics to leave their church - but refusing to run one making the same plea to Muslims, reports Fox News.
The newspaper published an ad from Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation on March 9 which asked Catholics, "why send your children to parochial schools to be indoctrinated into the next generation of obedient donors and voters?"
The ad went on to call loyalty to the faith misplaced "after two decades of sex scandals involving preying priests, church complicity, collusion and cover-up going all the way to the top."
But the newspaper passed when Pamela Geller, a blogger and executive director of Stop Islamization of America, offered the same $39,000 for the Old Gray Lady to run an ad making a similar appeal to Muslims, the report said.
"This shows the hypocrisy of The New York Times, the "gold standard" in journalism, and its willingness to kowtow to violent Islamic supremacist intimidation," Geller told FoxNews.com.
Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy released a statement explaining the newspaper's decision not to publish the ad, at least for the time being.
"We have not made a decision not to publish the ad you refer to," Murphy's statement read. "We made a decision to postpone publishing it in light of recent events in Afghanistan, including the Koran burning and the alleged killings of Afghani civilians by a member of the US military.
"It is our belief that fallout from running this ad now could put US troops and civilians in the region in danger and we would like to avoid that."
FULL STORY AND RELATED LINKS
New York Times accused of Catholic bashing, double standard on religion (Fox News)
After running an anti-Catholic ad, NY Times refuses Islamic version (ucanews.com/Fox News)
Charles Lewis: New York Times ad proof anti-Catholic attacks are fair game (National Post.com)
Screenshot from a commentary on nationalpost.com