The Freedom From Religion Foundation has created an offshoot from their full-page newspaper ads encouraging people to quit the Catholic Church: This time, it’s a commercial featuring former religious Catholic (and former Saturday Night Live star) Julia Sweeney.
Sweeney is the actress who performed the fantastic one-woman show “Letting Go of God” and — I mention this only because it’s an entertaining tidbit — she once played a nun on Sex in the City.
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.
The ad will run as a radio commercial on The Randi Rhodes Show from June 11th-24th. FFRF is hoping they can raise enough funds to get the commercial to air on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.
The commercial counters the anti-contraceptive campaign by Roman Catholic Bishops. The wealthy U.S. Catholic Church has pledged to spend multimillions in a PR blitz leading up to July 4th to overturn the Obama Administration’s contraceptive health insurance mandate.
“This is why FFRF exists — to ensure that religious dogma is not enshrined into our secular laws, to ensure that humanity is placed above dogma and that dogma is not allowed to trump personal conscience and civil liberties,” noted Dan Barker, FFRF co-president.
There’s a longer version of the ad below:
If you’d like to donate to help put the commercial on national television, you can do that here.