New York Times Runs Ad Urging People to Quit Catholic Church, But Declines (for “a Few Months”) to Run Ad Urging People to Quit Islam

The New York Times ran this ad a few days ago:

Pamela Geller responded by submitting this ad (click here for a zoomable version):

Here is the New York Times‘ response to the submission, according to Geller:

Bob Christie, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for the New York Times, just called me to advise me that they would be accepting my ad, but considering the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, now would not be a good time, as they did not want to enflame an already hot situation. They will be reconsidering it for publication in “a few months.”

The Times is of course entitled to choose what ads to run. But, assuming Geller’s account of the Times‘ response is correct, that response simply proves one of Geller’s points: Almost no Catholics are likely to respond violently even to harsh criticism of the Catholic Church — but enough Muslims are likely to respond violently to harsh criticism of Islam (whether the response is against the critic or against others) that the Times itself views such criticism as unsafe. There are plenty of peace-loving Muslims, but unfortunately there are also enough extremist Muslim thugs to affect what the Times is willing to publish.