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The following flyer was distributed during the 1993 picket of John Paul II sponsored by American Atheists in Denver, CO. ************************************************************ American Atheists, P.O. Box 140195, Austin, TX 78714-0195 Telephone: (512) 458-1244 FAX: (512) 467-9525 WHY AMERICAN ATHEISTS IS SAYING "JOHN PAUL, GO HOME" American Atheist Information Sheet Issued August 13, 1993 FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR WOMEN! The Roman Catholic church is one of the nation's largest and most active groups trying to ban abortion and deny women control over their own bodies! Its emphasis on the _quantity_ of life ("more souls for Jesus!") leads to overpopulation and ultimately degrades the value of human existence. RIGHTS FOR GAY MEN AND WOMEN! "Mother Church" condemns homosexuality, terming it a "sin," thus perpetuating bigotry and intolerance against millions of Americans. Biblical doctrine should _not_ be a criterion for civil rights and personal freedom! FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION! The Roman Catholic church is a leading proponent of government censorship of books, magazines, videos, plays, movies, and other forms of communication. SEPARATION OF GOVERNMENT AND RELIGION! By promoting aid to religious schools, prayers in the classroom, and other violations of the First Amendment, the Roman Catholic church seeks to institutionalize religion into our culture through government fiat! The Roman Catholic church is the United State's single biggest corporation. Its _known_ financial assets run into billions of dollars. And more wealth remains concealed behind a maze of shell companies. Yet this is all tax exempt! Americans subsidize organized religion to the tune of tens of billions of dollars per year. Yet the churches, including the Roman Catholic church, insist on a privileged, tax-exempt status. The pope of Rome has no business trying to dictate politics, finance, and life-style behavior to the American people. Catholic brainwashing has corrupted young people through religious indoctrination, sexual repression, ritualized absurdities, and foolish beliefs. The American people should not be subsidizing a religious spectacle _ which is what the pope's visit to America is _ through the use of our tax monies. Nor should the Vatican enjoy the dual status as both an organized religion and a nation-state, complete with official diplomatic recognition by our government. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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