Executive Summary

December 31, 2001

Literally thousands of cases of anti-Catholicism come to the attention of the Catholic League every year. Our first job is to determine whether the alleged offense merits our scrutiny. If it does, then we must verify the authenticity of the offense to the best of our ability. If everything checks out, a strategy is outlined. This section of our annual... [Read more...]

Activist Organizations

December 31, 2001

January 8 Massac County, IL - The American Civil Liberties Union attacked Massac County High School’s plan to offer its students a class in Bible history. The ACLU stated that “this is faith, not academics.” The school responded that the students will be taught from the perspective of history and it will not be a “Sunday school... [Read more...]

The Arts

December 31, 2001

January Houston, TX - Beginning in mid-December 2000 and running through mid-January, the Redbud Gallery in Houston, TX had an art exhibit titled, “Sextablos: Works in Metal.” “Sextablos” featured many pornographic images, including a work by Michael Thompson that shows a naked woman performing fellatio on Christ nailed to the... [Read more...]

Business / Workplace

December 31, 2001

January 13 San Diego, CA - The “Usual,” a nightclub in downtown San Diego held a “Catholic School Girl Contest.” Posters on windows of shops in downtown San Diego advertising the event offered a $200 grand prize for the “hottest Catholic school girl.” April New Albany, OH - The Spring Break 2001 catalogue of Abercrombie... [Read more...]

Education

December 31, 2001

January 12 Milford, NY - Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court over the right of public schools to deny access to religious groups to hold religious education classes on school property after school. The court case, Good News Club v. Milford Central School, arose after the school... [Read more...]

Government

December 31, 2001

January 24 Newburyport, MA - Newburyport Mayor Lisa Mead ordered that two bricks in a park walkway be removed. People were able to “buy” the bricks and inscribe them with a personal message as a fundraiser for a park . Of the 200 bricks purchased, the two were ordered removed after the mayor received complaints from certain offended residents.... [Read more...]

Media

December 31, 2001

Movies | Music | Newspapers | Periodicals | Radio |Television | Internet MOVIES February 9 The movie “Saving Silverman” opened nationally. The movie included a character who “is training to be a nun.” The would-be nun is “subjected to all manner of sexual embarrassment and displayed in various stages of PG-13... [Read more...]

Miscellaneous

December 31, 2001

January 4 New York, NY - Jack Chick’s anti-Catholic pamphlets were distributed in various New York City phone booths. The pamphlet is called “Last Rites” and described a practicing Catholic being condemned to Hell by Jesus because he believed in the “false teachings” of the Catholic Church. January 21-22 Edison, NJ - Vandals... [Read more...]

IRS ASKED TO PROBE SAN FRANCISCO “SISTERS”

December 23, 2001

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has petitioned the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The “Sisters” are a San Francisco-based gay group that dress as nuns, mock Catholicism and make small donations to AIDS-related charities. The league’s position is that the... [Read more...]

BALTIMORE’S HATE ART

December 23, 2001

The gift shop in the Baltimore Museum of Art was selling souvenir postcards featuring a picture of the Andres Serrano “Piss Christ” artwork; it shows a crucifix submerged in a jar of the artist’s urine. A protest by the Catholic League led to considerable media attention, inspiring one local Catholic to buy all 13 remaining postcards.... [Read more...]

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