Executive Summary

December 31, 2000

Some of the highlights of 2000 are recounted here, drawn from the various thematic sections that make up this report. The year 2000 saw a presidential election. The Catholic League is not a political organization, nor does it align itself with any political party or agenda. However, the Catholic League speaks out when the political process or government... [Read more...]

Activists Organizations

December 31, 2000

March 10 Pro-abortion groups from around the country celebrated a “National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.” The event was organized by a group called “Refuse and Resist!” On the group’s website, it described a “Christian fascist, fundamentalist morality” that has taken over the country. Joining... [Read more...]

The Arts

December 31, 2000

March 23 New York, NY — The Whitney Museum hosted a display that included a work by German artist Hans Haacke called “Sanitation.” The title was a play on words on the title of the controversial exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art called “Sensation” which featured elephant dung and pornographic pictures on the picture of... [Read more...]

Business / Workplace

December 31, 2000

February Brooklyn, NY — The Morning Star Christian Books and Gift Store in Brooklyn featured publications by the notoriously anti-Catholic publisher Jack Chick. The store had a large display right near the front door that featured booklets such as Are Roman Catholics Christians, Double Cross and The Godfathers. Each was a direct attack on the Catholic... [Read more...]

Education

December 31, 2000

January Sarasota, FL — The Sarasota County Superintendent of Schools David Bennett was profiled in Sarasota magazine. In the profile, Mr. Bennett was quoted as saying his interest in civil rights started when, as a child in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s, he heard that the Catholic Church was buying up homes in certain areas so that blacks couldn’t... [Read more...]

Government

December 31, 2000

February Shirley, MA — Inmates in a state prison had their rosary beads confiscated in what prison officials claim was a crackdown on gang-related violence. A court determined the corrections department could “curtail inmates rights in order to achieve legitimate correctional goals.” Prisoners who say their right to worship is in jeopardy... [Read more...]

Media

December 31, 2000

Movies January The movie “Boondock Saints” portrayed two Irish Catholic twins who decide to go on a killing spree after hearing a sermon at Mass. The sermon is about the results of good men doing nothing to stop evil. The film contains extensive use of Catholic imagery including oversized crucifixes worn by the main characters during their... [Read more...]

Miscellaneous

December 31, 2000

January Brooklyn, NY — A new wooden welcome sign at St. John Cantius Church was ripped off the building and smashed into pieces. January 4 San Jose, CA — Vandals struck a synagogue, defacing the house of worship with a swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti. Only then was it reported that a statue in the town of Carmel was defaced with anti-Catholic... [Read more...]

JESUIT UNIV. PRESIDENT CALLED “NAZI PRIEST”; LEADS TO FIRING

December 26, 2000

Following a protest by the Catholic League, a 24 year-old copy editor in Spokane, Washington was asked to resign after she labeled Gonzaga University president Rev. Robert Spitzer a “Nazi priest” in the pages of the Spokesman-Review. On November 8, the Spokane daily ran a short piece entitled, “Nazi priest promotes his book.”... [Read more...]

HATE ADS LOSE IN OH & CA

December 26, 2000

The same “Earth’s Final Warning” ads that the Catholic League has fought around the country appeared recently in the Athens Messenger in Athens, Ohio and The Sun in San Bernardino, California. Fortunately, the publishers of both newspapers pledged never to run them again. The Athens Messenger ran the offensive ad on October 4. It... [Read more...]

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