OPEN LETTER TO AL GORE: CANCEL THE PLAYBOY MANSION FUND-RAISING EVENT

July 31, 2000

Catholic League president William Donohue faxed Vice President Al Gore the following letter today: Dear Mr. Vice President: On August 15, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, chosen by you to be vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is scheduled to hold a fund-raiser to benefit Hispanic Unity at the Playboy Mansion.  News reports indicate that you are... [Read more...]

DONOHUE AVOWS NOT TO SEE “AVOW”

July 28, 2000

A new Off-Broadway play that insults Catholicism has opened to negative reviews.  “Avow” is the work of Bill C. Davis and it centers around a radical priest who refuses to bless a homosexual union; the priest eventually has his celibacy tested when he falls in love with the sister of one of the gay men (she is pregnant out of wedlock).  Newspaper... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICISM SURFACES AMONG D.C. DEMOCRATS

July 28, 2000

The story in today’s Washington Post on the anti-Catholic comments made by Democratic congressman James P. Moran comes on the heels of the anti-Catholic remarks made by Democratic D.C. councilman James Graham. On Wednesday, Rep. Moran lashed out at the Catholic Church for its position on homosexuality.  Rep. Moran was angry that House Republicans... [Read more...]

OKLAHOMA OFFICIALS ADDRESS FLAP AT ROGERS STATE

July 26, 2000

In June, Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, along with state lawmakers and education officials, jumped into the fray at Rogers State University.  The  school came under fire by the Catholic League for offering an art appreciation telecourse that features anti-Catholic imagery.  The resulting media fanfare, which hit big in the Sooner state, led public... [Read more...]

VICTORY IN THE COURTS

July 26, 2000

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that taxpayer money could be used to buy computers and other instructional aids for private and parochial schools.  This was a victory that the Catholic League shared with others: Gerard Bradley and Robert George, both of whom serve on our board of advisors, filed an amicus brief on behalf of the league in this... [Read more...]

QUOTABLE

July 26, 2000

Catholic Press Association, Baltimore, MD, 5/25/00 WILLIAM DONOHUE: “You don’t run a civil rights organization the way you run a soup kitchen.  I will be apologetic to no one about this.  We confront people in the public square…Those who think dialogue is the god, go ahead and dialogue and see how far it gets you.  Try to sit down with... [Read more...]

THE “AUTHORITARIAN” CATHOLIC CHURCH

July 26, 2000

William A. Donohue One of the more common complaints about the Catholic Church is that it is an “undemocratic” institution.  Indeed, many go so far as to label the Church  “authoritarian.”  While the first charge is true, the second is false. If by democracy it is meant what Lincoln meant, government by, for and of the people, then the Catholic... [Read more...]

WILLIAM E. SIMON, R.I.P.

July 26, 2000

The Catholic Church lost a great one when she lost William E. Simon.  Bill was known mostly for his entrepreneurial acumen and financial savvy, but he was much more than that—he was a fierce defender of his faith.  Indeed, it made great sense to have him serve on our board of advisors as he epitomized the style and substance of the Catholic League. Bill... [Read more...]

BOGUS CHARITY: CATHOLICS FOR A FREE CHOICE

July 26, 2000

The Catholic League is attempting to weaken the power base of the anti-Catholic group, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC), by challenging its status as a legitimate charity.  The league’s initiative was triggered by a newspaper report that said the pro-abortion entity was eligible to receive funds from the Connecticut State Employees’ Campaign... [Read more...]

FUNDING FOR “POPE AND WITCH” HURT NEA

July 26, 2000

The Catholic League’s recent criticism of federal funds being used to support an anti-Catholic play was used as a reason to deny more money to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This past spring the league denounced NEA support for the Dario Fo play, “The Pope and the Witch.”  The play is a vicious attack on the pope, priests and nuns... [Read more...]

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