2001 Report on Anti-Catholicism

Executive Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...]