Monthly Archives: July 1999

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DISNEY ASKED TO DUMP MIRAMAX; FEUD ERUPTS WITH LAWYERS, HILLARY

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The battle over "Dogma" is in full-swing. The Catholic League is in possession of the script and will soon make available a booklet that describes why the film is so offensive (it is scheduled to open in October). On June 22, at a press conference on the film, William Donohue dubbed it "Howard Stern-type humor," filled [...]

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS APOLOGIZES

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Father Thomas Haren walked into the Library of Congress on January 22nd and was told by a security guard that he had to remove the sweatshirt he was wearing over his Roman collar. He was informed that his sweatshirt was "political" and therefore could not be worn in the library. The sweatshirt read, "St. Jerome Church Marches [...]

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TAKING ON THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue Six years ago, on July 1, 1993, I took over as president of the Catholic League. When I began, I routinely had to explain to reporters who we were. Now we get calls, on a daily basis, from Los Angeles to London, asking for an interview. And when I read the Los Angeles Times, I [...]

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LESSONS OF LITTLETON

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The recent school shootings in Littleton, Colorado and Conyers, Georgia raise significant questions regarding the proper relationship between church and state. The Catholic League made its position clear to the media and was only too willing to address this issue on national TV. We discussed the moral vacuum in the schools that has been evident over [...]

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CATHOLICS—GET OUT!

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Vincent and Letizia Coppola recently spent a small fortune renovating their home in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Manhattan Beach. Italian immigrants, they had a big round sculpture of Madonna and Child engraved on their second floor balcony that extends in front of their house. The stone carving drove immediately led to threatening letters from neighbors in [...]

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GINGER SPICE SHOULD BUTT OUT

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Ex-Spice Girl Geri ("Ginger Spice") Halliwell landed in the Philippines in June advocating condom use and "safe sex." Saying that it was "everybody’s fundamental right" to use condoms, Halliwell made her remarks on the first day of her tour as United Nations goodwill ambassador. She was criticized by officials of the Catholic Church for doing so. [...]

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ANTI-ISLAMIC RHETORIC

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On June 24, the Catholic League was asked by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to join with them in condemning some disturbing statements that were directed at the Muslim community by a foreign policy analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. We did not hesitate to do so. "The Muslim Advance and American Collaboration" is [...]

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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WINS

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In May, the Religious Liberty Protection Act (RLPA) sailed threw the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. The bill protects religious practices from governmental interference. RLPA prohibits the government from placing a substantial burden on religious practices "unless it is the least restrictive means of furthering a compelling interest such as health or safety." The [...]

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ANTI-VOUCHER ACTIVISTS TURN ANTI-CATHOLIC

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

It never fails to happen. Whenever school voucher programs are under serious consideration, up pops dishonesty and anti-Catholicism. What recently happened in Pennsylvania is a perfect example. In May, Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania put forth two new proposals to reform education. The "Academic Recovery Act" would allow for parents who have their children in school [...]

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HATE MAIL

By | July 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

If anyone doubts that Catholics are hated by many in this country, let them read these letters. All of them were e-mailed to us following the article by Howard Rosenberg in theLos Angeles Times reporting that Fox will no longer tolerate cheap shots at Catholics on "The Simpsons." See the article on this subject on page . [...]

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