Anti-Catholicism has a long history in America. And as Philip Jenkins argues in The New Anti-Catholicism, this virulent strain of hatred - once thought dead - is alive and well in our nation, but few people seem to notice, or care. A statement that is seen as racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, or homophobic can haunt a speaker for years, writes Jenkins, but it is still possible to make hostile and vituperative public statements about Roman Catholicism without fear of serious repercussions. Jenkins shines a light on anti-Catholic sentiment in American society and illuminates its causes, looking closely at gay and feminist anti-Catholicism, anti-Catholic rhetoric and imagery in the media, and the anti-Catholicism of the academic world.
For newspapers and newsmagazines, for television news and in movies, for major book publishers, the Catholic Church has come to provide a grossly stereotyped public villain. Catholic opinions, doctrines, and individual leaders are frequently the butt of harsh satire. Indeed, the notion that the church is a deadly enemy of women - the idea of Catholic misogyny - is commonly accepted in the news media and in popular culture, says Jenkins. And the recent pedophile priest scandal, he shows, has revived many ancient anti-Catholic stereotypes. It was said that with the election of John F. Kennedy, anti-Catholicism in America was dead. This provocative new audiobook corrects that illusion, drawing attention to this important issue.
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classic religious drivel
actually looking for anti catholicism rather than calling out anybody who opposes there right to demonize gays women who have abortions or any other one of there reactionary nonsense such as the fact that using a condom is still condemned even in africa where they could stop millions from getting aids including thousands of children and also contributes to the population crisis
was well performed
this is the most recent defence that any religion uses which goes as follows-stopping religions(all of them)from hating or demonising a certain group is in its self an act of oppression and a form of hate which frankly if you can not follow your religion devoutly without gay bashing or being so opposed to womens rights then i would suggest u find another religion
it is a shame as there is plenty of hatred for particular catholics which should be discussed and had a light shined upon it
- Nicky Beet