Monthly Archives: December 2002

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Executive Summary

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

Reactions to the sexual abuse scandal in 2002 ranged from legitimate criticism to wildly unfair generalizations; we have no interest in addressing the former. Most Catholics were understandably angry, hurt and dismayed by the news, which provoked some activists to speak and act irresponsibly. Regarding the media, newspaper and television reporting on this subject was mostly [...]

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Activist Organizations

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

February 5 Chicago, IL - Americans United for the Separation of Church and State executive director Barry Lynn objected to the slogan on the side of the new "Patriot USA" coach launched by the suburban Chicago bus transit system called PACE. The full sized, red, white and blue bus was wrapped in a decal that featured the [...]

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The Arts

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

January Napa, CA - The exhibition "Active Ingredients" was held at Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts. One part of the exhibition shows the work of Antonio Miralda, a Catalonian artist. In a display that features figurines of famous people, Miralda chose to depict the pope and nuns defecating. January 10 New York, NY - [...]

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Business / Workplace

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

Hoboken, NJ - The greeting card company Noble Works publishes a series of cards under the title "Extra." Some include a choir boy saying, "See Father; I've been practicing like you said I should, and I can get my mouth open really wide." The punch line is, "Ready for your surprise?" Another is a picture of Jesus [...]

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Education

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

January Byron, CA - The Byron Union School District instituted a three-week intensive course on Islam, which drew criticism from many parts of the country. According to one report, students had to "learn the tenets of Islam…wear a robe, adopt a Muslim name and stage their own jihad." They also had to "memorize many verses in the [...]

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Government

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

January 9 Omaha, NE - On the opening day of the Nebraska legislative session, state senator Ernie Chambers distributed a packet of unusual Rosary beads to his colleagues. All of them had the crucifix chopped off. Chambers justified his decision to disfigure the Catholic devotional object by arguing that people of many religious beliefs find peace in [...]

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Media

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

Movies | Newspapers | Periodicals | Radio | Television |Internet | Books MOVIES February Miramax, the movie production house owned by Disney, scheduled the film "40 Days and 40 Nights" for release. Actor Josh Hartnett plays a Catholic who pledges to give up sex for Lent but has his will tested by his ex-girlfriend. Because the movie was scheduled to open during Lent (March 1), William Donohue [...]

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Miscellaneous

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

January 5 New York, NY - The Catholic League received hate mail from a person identifying himself as a member of the "Sons of the American Revolution." The card read, "OF COURSE—that wonderful Frances Kissling is 100% right and YOU are a barking dog. It is your medieval 'catholic church' [sic] which is the anti-Christ…denounced by Our [...]

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Cartoons

By | December 31st, 2002|Categories: 2002 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

 This cartoon by Don Wright of the Palm Beach Post (1/16/02) ran in numerous newspapers including the New York Times. It viciously and untruthfully depicts Catholic moral teachings as enslaving women—a typical charge—except now it unfairly uses the sexual abuse scandal as a club. This was common in 2002. The above cartoon by Mike Peters of [...]

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NEW YORK BISHOPS SUE NEW YORK STATE

By | December 30th, 2002|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

The Roman Catholic Bishops of New York State filed a lawsuit today against New York State for mandating religious institutions to provide prescription contraceptives for their employees. Catholic League president William Donohue strongly supports the lawsuit and explains why: “New York State legislators are to blame for this lawsuit.  Had they acceded to the requests of [...]

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