The February 24th edition of the National Law Journal contained a critical article about a recent court decision that legitimated the rights of abortion protesters. The article was responsible journalism, even if it was disagreeable from the league’s perspective. What was irresponsible was the accompanying cartoon.
The cartoon by Martin Mayo showed a judge tied to his chair with Rosary beads; the cross was shown lying at the judge’s feet. The judge in the case that was addressed in the article had a very Italian-sounding name (Sprizzo), giving rise to that sneaking suspicion that he might be Catholic. Hence, the liberty to Catholic-bash.
The league fired off a letter to the publisher letting him know just how pleased we were with his concept of fairness. We made sure to remind him that the U.S. Constitution allows for no religious test for anyone holding public office.