People who live in the Bible belt have been brought up with anti-Catholic half-truths, and biases. They hear it from their parents, and from their pulpits.
I lived for 50 years up north, and then moved to the south, and have been here for 19 years. I was quite surprised to occasionally find Jack Chick tracts left on store shelves, and around my parish parking lot. More than once some “bible Christians” from the area decided to come to a Catholic Mass on Christmas or Easter, go up to receive the Host, and then desecrate it by leaving it in a missal, in the pew, or elsewhere. Finally, a parishioner spotted this, license plate was recorded, and the police was called. We have not been bothered
that way since.
Just today, I read in my Catholic paper that a Catholic Church just about two hours from me was vandalized. Thirty windows were smashed, furniture overturned, and the stand on which the tabernacle rests was broken. Fortunately, the Blessed Sacrament was not disturbed. The vandals also spray painted satanic symbols and phrases and anti-Catholic slurs on the outside of the church. This church had been dedicated on Christmas Eve, 2000.
The good that came out of this is that pastors of other denominations called up the pastor of this Catholic Church and offered support and help. One Protestant church offered their sanctuary so that Mass can be celebrated on Sunday. Parishioners came in and cleaned up the church, and boarded up windows.
These are isolated incidents, and I myself have not experienced anti-Catholic remarks all these years. I treat my neighbors with respect and they do the same.
However, in all of this we need to feel blessed, because the Lord is with us, and no one has experienced the depth of pain and rejection He felt. Remember that it is Satan that incites others against the Catholic Church, because she contains the fullness of truth.