Hey, I’m as much a fan of free speech as anybody, but libel and slander are not considered free speech. When you write a book or make materials that degrades, incites violence or prejudicial action against one group of people(religion, race, etc.), that is considered hate speech. Hate speech is not covered by the first amendment either. Do these materials promote discrimination towards Catholics? Absolutely!!
As ridiculous as these claims sound, I’ve actually heard similar arguments in my work as an amateur Catholic apologist. This happened about a year ago when I visited my friend’s non-denominational “Bible Church”. I tried talking with some members of the youth group and was shocked at the things they were saying about my religion (much of which could have come right out of these materials). You would be amazed at how many people actually believe this stuff, I know because I’ve had to speak with them. If you don’t believe me, I encourage you to try talking to some local Seventh Day Adventists about their worldview. Go to one of their church gatherings and I guarantee that they’ll give you an earful about the Catholic Church(after the first fifteen minutes of conversation my religion was under attack for just about every evil thing in human history). It’s easy to say, “grow up” or “stop whining” while you sit behind your computer and play it safe, but if you go out and confront this kind of ignorance in real life you’ll see where I’m coming from.
I didn’t blame Ebay immediately, but I’ve complained twice now over the course of a month and this stuff is still up for sale - I just think Ebay could do better. I hope all of you with Ebay accounts will report these items, maybe if enough people complain they’ll actually do something about it.