FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION SHOWS ITS HOSTILITY TO CATHOLICISM

March 31, 2003

The constitutionality of voting in churches will be put on trial this week in a federal court.  A Jewish attorney is challenging the practice as being a violation of separation of church and state.  In support of this position is Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  “Asking a feminist to vote in a Roman Catholic... [Read more...]

ANTI-WAR CROWD EXPLOITS THE POPE

March 27, 2003

Catholic League president William Donohue spoke today on how the pope’s words on the war are being exploited by anti-war activists: “It comes as no surprise that the pope is viscerally anti-war.  But he is also no pacifist.  Pope John Paul II has said repeatedly that war cannot be decided upon ‘except as the very last option.’  What he has... [Read more...]

KENTUCKY AND NEW HAMPSHIRE TARGET CONFESSIONAL

March 22, 2003

Lawmakers in Kentucky and New Hampshire are debating whether to end the priest-penitent privilege as it currently exists in law. Currently, both states respect the confidential nature of the confessional by allowing priests and other clergymen an exemption from mandated reporting laws. But the legislative bodies of Kentucky and New Hampshire may decide... [Read more...]

D.C. JUDGE RIPS CHURCH

March 22, 2003

On January 30, D.C. Superior Court Judge Mildred M. Edwards convicted three Catholic homosexual activists for unlawful entry and then refused to sentence them. Her decision not to sentence them was based on her expressed sympathy for the activists. The three were arrested on November 12 for an illegal protest they held in a D.C. hotel. They were protesting... [Read more...]

NOT ALL SEXUAL ABUSERS ARE EQUAL

March 22, 2003

William A. Donohue It was Jesus who said that “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Nothing nuanced about that. But do Americans believe this to be true? It depends on who the abuser is. Only a small... [Read more...]

Daniel L. Dreisbach’s Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State

March 22, 2003

By Joseph A. P. De Feo Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote, “A phrase begins life as a literary expression; its felicity leads to its lazy repetition; and repetition soon establishes it as a legal formula, undiscriminatingly used to express different and sometimes contradictory ideas.” The foregoing lines represent an apt condensation of Professor Daniel... [Read more...]

BUSH CHAMPIONS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

March 22, 2003

In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush made the case that religious organizations ought to be allowed to participate in federal efforts aimed at combating drug abuse. Specifically, President Bush proposed that Congress provide vouchers to addicts that could be used to pay for services in any drug treatment center they choose, including... [Read more...]

NARAL WELCOMES DEMOCRATS AND KISSLING

March 22, 2003

On January 21, the six Democratic contenders for the presidency appeared at a NARAL Pro-Choice America event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. The following day, the actual anniversary date of the abortion ruling, NARAL president Kate Michelman and Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt held a press... [Read more...]

JIMMY BRESLIN SEEKS TO MALIGN CATHOLIC LEAGUE

March 22, 2003

Outside the New York area, he is not well known. But few New Yorkers don’t know who Jimmy Breslin is. He is generally regarded as New York’s premier saloon journalist; he now writes for Newsday, a Long Island newspaper. He is also roaring mad at the Catholic Church and not just because of the scandal: he’s angry because the Church doesn’t institute... [Read more...]

NY GAY POL PROMOTES CATHOLIC BASHING

March 22, 2003

In January, Thomas Duane, a gay state senator from New York, declared that all Catholic priests should be barred from leading a prayer in the legislature. Duane became angry when Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard delivered the legislative session’s opening prayer on January 8. Duane sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno demanding that no... [Read more...]

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