VAN DE KAMP CHUCKS “NOTHING SACRED”

January 29, 1998

Van de Kamp (VDK) has become the 37th company to withdraw sponsorship of the ABC show, “Nothing Sacred.” There was an ad for a VDK product, Mama Celeste pizza, on last Saturday night’s show; the ad was mistakenly placed by VDK’s ad agency. Those who previously quit are: Isuzu, Weight Watchers, K-Mart, Benckiser, DuPont, Red Lobster,... [Read more...]

ABC DUMPS “CRACKER” BUT KEEPS “NOTHING SACRED”

January 27, 1998

ABC has announced that “Cracker,” the show that has followed “Nothing Sacred” all season, is being canceled; production has stopped on the show. “Nothing Sacred,” which has had ratings almost as bad as “Cracker,” has survived, though it will not be shown in February. William Donohue took the news this... [Read more...]

CRECHE CONTROVERSIES CONTINUE

January 27, 1998

In many parts of the country, this past Christmas was marked by conflict over its public celebration. The Catholic League was engaged in battles over the public display of crèches, winning some and losing some. In Lorain, Ohio, the ACLU threatened to sue city officials for erecting a crèche in Veterans Park; the ACLU director who led the charge is... [Read more...]

SANTA CLAUS CRUCIFIED

January 27, 1998

In a story that received national attention, the Catholic League protested a painting that hung in the front window of the Art Students League in New York City. The painting, by Robert Cenedella, showed Santa Claus nailed to a cross, hovering over New York. The artist claimed that his work was designed to protest the commercialization of Christmas. The... [Read more...]

NEO-ANTI-CATHOLICISM

January 27, 1998

There are many genres of anti-Catholicism, the most well-known of which are discriminatory practices against individual Catholics and bigoted assaults on the institutional Church. Both forms continue to exist, but the contemporary strain of Catholic bashing that is most common, if less visible, is best understood as a manifestation of cultural politics. Culture... [Read more...]

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AFTER ROE: SLIDING INTO INFANTICIDE

January 27, 1998

By Rick Hinshaw, Director of Communications It is now 25 years since the Supreme Court declared unborn children to be non-persons, opening the floodgates to a slaughter of innocent human life unprecedented in our nation’s history. Pro-life people were horrified by Roe vs. Wade. They foresaw the mass destruction of pre-born life which it would... [Read more...]

PIUS XII AD DRAWS RESPONSE

January 27, 1998

The Catholic League’s New York Times ad on Pius XII triggered a storm of protest from Jewish readers. The e-mail, phone calls and letters took great umbrage at the suggestion that the Catholic Church was less than complicit in the killing of Jews during the Holocaust. While some of the letters were reasoned, many could easily be classified as hate... [Read more...]

TRAVELERS TRESPASSES

January 27, 1998

Travelers Insurance Company trespassed on the rights of Robert Cospito and lost. The Catholic League saw to that. On December 17, the New York Times ran a remarkable story by David Gonzalez on the decision of Travelers to deny further coverage to Cospito on the grounds that his house was a church. Cospito, who lives in Forest Hills, Queens, called... [Read more...]

JOURNALISM—FAIR AND UNFAIR

January 27, 1998

One question the league is often asked is how we make determinations on what we deem to be offensive. Here’s a good example of how the process works. This past fall, the Dallas Morning News ran a story, “Crimes of the Father,” on a death row prisoner in Arkansas. It showed a picture of the man holding a rosary bead that was draped around... [Read more...]

POPE’S VISIT TO CUBA

January 27, 1998

Media coverage of Pope John Paul II’s trip to Cuba began over a month before the actual encounter of the pope and Fidel Castro. Already there were those drawing comparisons between the two men. Perhaps the most frequently heard unfair comment is that both men are dictators. But a dictator is one who oppresses the masses and punishes those who seek... [Read more...]

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