2006 Report on Anti-Catholicism

Executive Summary

Every year there is an issue that absorbs a disproportionate amount of Catholic League resources, and in 2006 that issue clearly was “The Da Vinci Code.” While many organizations from several faith communities objected to the film, no group did more to get the word out about the movie’s lies than the Catholic League. It was only fitting,... [Read more...]

Activist

January 16 Madison, WI — The Freedom From Religion Foundation posted on its website the following question about the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court: “Are you aware that if nominee Samuel Alito is named to the U.S. Supreme Court, there will be five members—a majority—who are radical, right-wing Roman Catholic?” February... [Read more...]

The Arts

February 2 New York, NY — The Forum Gallery displayed a painting titled “Bread Shine,” which depicted several tiny figures engaged in sex acts beneath an industrial breadbox. A figure of Christ was attached to the breadbox as a decal. The painting was one of 30 by Gregory Gillespie that were displayed at the gallery. March 23 Chicago,... [Read more...]

Business / Workplace

March 10 Watonga, OK — A priest phoned and e-mailed the Catholic League to inform us that a prisoner at Diamondback Correctional Facility was suing the facility’s parent company, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). The prisoner, a Catholic, claimed he was not receiving meatless meals on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent. After... [Read more...]

Cartoons

    This cartoon by Domineck Scudera falsely accuses the pope of teaching hatred toward gays. (Philadelphia Gay News, December 29, 2006-January 4, 2007).   Almost five years after the sex abuse scandal, some continue to attack the Catholic Church, including cartoonist Monte Wolverton. (Sandusky Register [OH], December 21, 2006).   Cartoonist... [Read more...]

Education

January Shelburne, VT — A pamphlet from Child Lures Prevention that educates parents, teachers and students about violence against children included, as a symbol of hate, the Chi-Rho. Christians frequently use the Chi-Rho as a monogram for Jesus (it is created by combining “X” and “P,” the first two letters in the Greek word... [Read more...]

Government

January 6 Tallahassee, FL — A Florida Supreme Court’s 5-2 ruling ended the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which used public money to pay tuition for students who have left failing schools. The ruling ratified the anti-Catholic Blaine Amendment that was written into Florida’s Constitution. The Blaine amendment comes out of the 19th century.... [Read more...]

Media

BOOKS January 19 Raymond Khoury’s novel The Last Templar was released. The novel is about a couple that tracks down the diaries of Jesus. The diaries reveal that Jesus’ Resurrection, miracles and the idea of salvation are all a fabrication. January 31 Steve Berry’s novel The Third Secret was released. The novel is about a couple... [Read more...]

Pope’s critics unload

On September 12, Pope Benedict XVI lectured at the University of Regensburg in Germany. During this lecture, he quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor who said, “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” Although... [Read more...]

The War on Christmas

Activists: A curmudgeon in Warwick, New York, kicked up a fuss about a “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser held each year by the PTA of Sanfordville Elementary School. One parent claimed that the popular fundraiser, which is held on a Saturday and is completely optional, is offensive to non-Christians because it includes a visit from Santa... [Read more...]

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