Above is an anti-Catholic cartoon published recently in America, depicting a Catholic politician who is currently standing or 'running' for office.
As a Catholic I want to say very clearly that I think 'sectarianism' should be perfectly allowable and even reasonably respectable in a free society - Catholicism is a creed to which people are free to object, as is Islam or Buddhism or belief in holistic medicine. People have prejudices against liberalism, conservatism, socialism, vegetarianism and many other systems of ideas. So?
I took the cartoon from my Facebook friend (a sacred bond) and co-religionist, Tim Stanley, who blogs about anti-Catholicism here.
Note that the cartoon points out that the politician in question comes from the deep South. There is a strong prejudice against people from the American South on the part of the Northerners. Southerners are the sin-eaters for Americans and are often written off as stupid, rustic, fundamentalist hicks and, above all, racist, racism being the unforgivable sin in modern America. This attitude is exemplified by an American who told me, 'I hate Southerners because I hate racists.' I replied that I hated racism but I didn't hate racists. 'I hate racists', he said firmly and afterwards I realised it was he who was the racist.