A John Cole editorial cartoon that ran on October 4th depicting a local Scranton, Pa. Catholic Bishop as part-elephant (symbol of Republican Party) holding a paper that said, “thou shalt not vote on any issue but abortion” was protested by about 45 people who gathered outside of the Times-Tribune office accusing the paper of “anti-Catholic bigotry.”
The cartoon referenced an order by the bishop to his priests to remind parishioners to “to keep the church’s position on abortion paramount in their minds” in this year’s election.
In an interview John defended the cartoon, “This isn’t an anti-Catholic thing. There is a principle of separation of church and state, which personally to me is very important, as well as I believe single-issue politics is almost always not a good idea. And that’s my only point, and that’s what drove the cartoon. So I’m not picking on the Catholics.”