The New York Times published an advertisement carrying the headline “It’s Time To Quit The Catholic Church” on March 9. Placed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ad was a scathing attack on the Catholic church and encouraged liberal and nominal Catholics to abandon their faith.

“We invite you to free yourself from incense-fogged ritual, from ideas uttered long ago by ignorant men, from blind obedience to an illusory religious authority,” the FFRF ad urged.

Four days after the FFRF ad appeared in The Times, two organizations — The American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization Of America — sought to place an ad that mimicked the FFRF ad in almost every way. The proposed ad, however, encouraged moderate Muslims to exit Islam.

“It’s Time To Quit Islam” the headline in the proposed ad read. It asked, “Will it be religious freedom, freedom of speech, or back to the Dark Ages? Do you choose women and their rights, or imams and their wrongs? Whose side are you on?”

The ad, though, has yet to see the light of day in The Times. Pamela Geller, a blogger and executive director of Stop Islamization of America, indicated the Times told her the situation in the Middle East is such that it would not be appropriate to run the ad at this time. However, it might consider running the ad at another time.

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