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(LifeSiteNews) — Just days after downplaying the radical and often-violent pro-abortion group called Jane’s Revenge, U.S.-based magazine The Atlantic attempted to paint the Holy Rosary as an “extremist” tool used by “radical-traditional” Catholics.

In a piece published by The Atlantic on August 12 titled “The Right’s New Bogeyman,” the popular magazine attempts to downplay the often-violent pro-abortion group called Jane’s Revenge by casting doubt on whether the group is “for real,” and questioning if the radical collective is actually behind the recorded acts of violence and vandalism they have taken credit for.

Just two days later, on August 14, The Atlantic published another piece titled “How Extremist Gun Culture Co-Opted the Rosary,” which seeks to argue that a number of “armed radical traditionalists have taken up a spiritual notion that the rosary can be a weapon in the fight against evil and turned it into something dangerously literal.”

It is also worth noting that while the current title of the piece is fairly nuanced, the article’s headline was changed on multiple occasions, previously reading, “Guns and Rosaries” and “How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol.”

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The Atlantic has launched an open attack on the Rosary, and won't stop there unless we push back today.

All praying Christians are at risk unless we ACT NOW and send a powerful message that sacrilegious images and anti-Catholic smears in a major publication will not be tolerated.

The article, which has been edited significantly since publication, scaremongers about "militant Catholics", implying they are capable of extreme violence because the Rosary is used as a weapon in the fight against evil spirits.

Editors have already changed the original image and headline because it was clearly anti-Catholic, but the article remains in place despite the unfounded smears about the Rosary inspiring violence. 

What The Atlantic published is just the tip of the iceberg: it's an indication of what the entire mainstream media establishment thinks of traditional Catholic prayers and Christians as a whole. To the left-wing establishment, Christian values stand in the way of...

  • LGBTQ agenda
  • race-based hiring and Critical Race Theory
  • "affirming" gender-theory and sex-changes for minors
  • climate change alarmism
  • abortion and sexual promiscuity

These, and so much more, are the values the media want to push on you and your family, and demonizing prayer is an essential step to succeeding.

Do not let them win — join the national outcry demanding accountability from The Atlantic. Force The Atlantic to issue a full retraction immediately!



The Atlantic openly labeled the Catholic rosary an "extremist symbol." However, the publication began scrambling, changing their headline to stop the initial outrage.

While this may seem like a start, The Atlantic has not changed the thrust of their message: traditional Christians are a threat to the liberal agenda and must be ostracized from society.


In their new version, The Atlantic is trying to paint "gun culture" as hijacking the rosary... a clever move to disguise the magazine's feelings on both guns and prayer.

This pathetic attempt at playing both sides will not succeed. The damage has been done, and we need you to send a firm and demanding message: Demand that The Atlantic issue a full retraction of this anti-Catholic diatribe.

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Nevertheless, one cannot help but notice the stark contrast between The Atlantic’s coverage of the admittedly violent Jane’s Revenge and the coverage of mostly American traditional Catholics who view the Rosary as a weapon while also supporting their Second Amendment right.

Jane’s Revenge, which has taken credit for firebombing a pro-life medical office in Buffalo, New York, along with other acts of destruction in “16 cities throughout the U.S,” is referred to as “mysterious” in The Atlantic, and despite the real-world acts of violence and vandalism, the piece says this “does not imply the existence of a complex, coordinated campaign of violence.”

However, when looking at those who create and disseminate “images of rosaries draped over firearms, warriors in prayer … crusader memes, and exhortations for men to rise up and become Church Militants,” well that group is one of the “constellations of violent, racist, and homophobic online milieus” that are known for “providing a pathway to radicalization and real-world terrorist attacks.”

To recap, when referring to people who have proudly taken credit for acts of extreme violence in the name of a political cause, namely the so-called right to murder unborn children, which is definitionally terrorism, the preferred adjective is “mysterious.”

When referring to people who reject the “Second Vatican Council’s reforms,” and make memes depicting their devotion to the Holy Rosary with the theologically valid understanding that the Rosary is a tool of defense in the war against evil, the preferred adjective is “dangerous.”

The piece does mention that it is “not an intrinsically harmful interpretation” to view the Rosary as a “weapon,” without explaining that the Rosary became the prolific sacramental it is today precisely because of its use in war!

Namely, the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, in which “Christian sailors joined [Saint] Pope Pius V (a Dominican) in praying the Most Holy Rosary, and defeated a much larger Turkish force.”

In fact, the Rosary as a weapon is so integral to the Catholic faith, that the Feast Day of the Holy Rosary is October 7, the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto.

The piece also fails to explain the reality of what it means to use the Rosary as a weapon, and instead implies that the understanding that it is a weapon against evil allows “radical-traditional Catholics literally to demonize their political opponents,” thereby allowing them to view “armed force against them [their opponents] as sanctified.”

Beyond an absurd claim, anyone who even moderately adheres to the Catholic faith is aware that one cannot physically harm those opposed to them politically.

The Rosary has never and will never be a weapon to crush those who oppose the Church in the political realm, but rather, as a weapon to crush the influence of the devil.

In the traditional recitation of the Rosary, one prays 153 Hail Marys. That is to say, on 153 occasions the person asks for the Blessed Mother to “Pray for us sinners.” Not, “Pray for these sinners” or “Pray for those sinners,” but “us.”

When a Catholic prays the Rosary for the purpose of putting an end to the evil of abortion or any other ill condemned by Holy Mother Church, the Catholic is not asking God to kill or harm those who oppose Christ and His Church, but to have them convert and embrace His love!

The Rosary is a weapon, but it does not have the goal of death. On the contrary, the Rosary is a weapon that seeks to inflict eternal life on those it is directed toward. Not to condemn, but to transmit the salvific grace implicitly desired in all mankind.

As Our Lady told the children of Fatima to pray:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.

Jack Bingham is an addiction recovery advocate and author turned Catholic journalist and writer. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Laurentian University and currently resides in Western Canada with his wife and children.