The Media War on the Catholic Church

April 23, 1996

by William A. Donohue (Catalyst 4/1996) The coming of Spring traditionally signals a new beginning, a time for men and women of good will to examine their lives and work, and to resolve to do better in the future. In that vein, I ask our national news media to consider the job they are doing of covering religion in America. Any honest examination would... [Read more...]

PLAYBOY EXPLOITS CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRLS

April 12, 1996

On the cover of the March Playboy was a picture of a young woman dressed as a Catholic schoolgirl. The woman appeared undressed in the magazine in a section titled “The Stripper Next Door.” William Donohue denounced this abuse on the NBC show Extra and issued the following statement to the press: “The cover of the March Playboy represents... [Read more...]

THE MEDIA WAR ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

April 12, 1996

The coming of Spring traditionally signals a new beginning, a time for men and women of good will to examine their lives and work, and to resolve to do better in the future. In that vein, I ask our national news media to consider the job they are doing of covering religion in America. Any honest examination would show that the media’s treatment of... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC BAITING PUNDITS SCORE BUCHANAN

April 12, 1996

The rise in popularity of presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan has triggered a trail of Catholic baiting remarks from some of the nation’s leading political pundits. On February 28, Catholic League president William Donohue spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC addressing this issue. Representatives from the Catholic, Protestant... [Read more...]

GRAMMY NOMINEE JOAN OSBORNE “RELISHES” CONTROVERSY

April 12, 1996

In her album “Relish,” Grammy Nominee Joan Osborne has released two songs, both of which use Catholic themes in a manner that is disturbing. Though Osborne did not win a Grammy, she was nominated in five categories for her work. Newsweek described Osborne’s work as “an enticing marriage of the sexual and the spiritual,”... [Read more...]

“PICKET FENCES” MAY CRUMBLE

April 12, 1996

The word from Hollywood is that the CBS show, “Picket Fences,” may be retired. The show has suffered from low ratings and was bumped from its Friday 10 p.m. time slot in February. Though a decision to cancel the show has not yet been made, the prospects are not good. The Catholic League has made several complaints about “Picket Fences”... [Read more...]

ARMY AND MARINE CORPS CHANGE DAY CARE POLICIES

April 12, 1996

Until February, 1996, the Army and Marine Corps were content to have a day care policy that effectively denied the rights of religious day care providers who worked out of their homes. Under the old rules, such providers were barred from partaking in any religious exercises in their homes. But three Army couples decided to challenge the regulation and... [Read more...]

PBS’ “FRONTLINE” EXPLOITS CATHOLICISM IN ABORTION PROGRAM

April 12, 1996

On Tuesday, February 6, PBS aired a program called, Murder on “Abortion Row.” The two hour special purported to be a serious look at the life of John Salvi, the person who wounded five and killed two women working at a Brookline, Massachusetts abortion clinic on December 30, 1994. The Catholic League was given an opportunity to preview... [Read more...]

NEW “THORN BIRDS” FLOPS

April 12, 1996

The CBS movie, “Thorn Birds: The Missing Years,” which aired on February 11 and 13, was almost universally panned by the critics and proved just as unattractive to viewers. Unlike the 1983 movie, the “Thorn Birds,” this 1996 version was not based on the Colleen McCullough book by that name, and in fact did not receive the endorsement... [Read more...]

POSTING TEN COMMANDMENTS DRAWS VOTES

April 12, 1996

On February 22, the Tennessee Senate approved by a vote of 27 to 1 a resolution urging homes, businesses, schools and places of worship to post the Ten Commandments. The vote was a response to an opinion by the State Attorney General that the measure is unconstitutional. Two days earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case that challenged... [Read more...]

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