Would an editorial cartoon such as this one be generally regarded as an example of religious bigotry if the exaggerated clerical headgear denoting the religion of certain judges was a Jew’s Kippah (Yarmulke) or a Moslem’s Ulema instead of a Catholic bishop’s mitre? I believe it would.
The occasion of the cartoon, of course, is last week's Supreme Court ruling upholding the "Partial Birth Abortion Act". In the pre-Roe period during the late 1960s and early 1970s, when abortion law changes were being considered in many state legislatures, opposition to relaxation of then-existing abortion law was sometimes dismissed as a view that was held "only by some Catholics". Forty years later, do people still believe that?
If not, they why is this cartoon anything other than a gratuitous swipe at the Catholic faith?
Hat tip to Mark Shea who observes that “the death toll from rioting Catholics regarding this insulting cartoon currently stands at zero and is doubling hourly”.