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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ATTACKED; SMEAR CAMPAIGN UNFURLS

Catalyst May Issue 2015, Front Page

Holy Week will be remembered not for religious observances in 2015, but for an assault on religious liberty. It was ignited by social media, and quickly took on a life of its own, bringing in gay activists, left-wing non-profit groups, the media, the entertainment industry, academia, the clergy, and big corporations. The cultural ramifications will... [Read more...]

APOLOGY SETTLES ISSUE

Catalyst May Issue 2015, Front Page

It was a bad start but it had a good ending. It was also bizarre. Jewishbusinessnews.com posted an article in April about anti-Catholic remarks allegedly made by a businessman. Amazingly, the reporter who wrote it made patently anti-Catholic remarks himself. We protested and secured a sincere and extensive apology from the media outlet’s president. According... [Read more...]

MARKETS AND MISSILES ARE NOT ENOUGH

Catalyst May Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When I first arrived at The Heritage Foundation in 1987, I was greeted with great skepticism by many who worked there. The D.C. conservative think-tank had chosen me to be in the first “class” of professors who were plucked from academia to spend upwards of a year as a Bradley Resident Scholar; we would spend time writing... [Read more...]

The Secularist Assault On America’s Moral Consensus

Catalyst May Issue 2015, Essay

Rick Hinshaw From the earliest days of their agitation to legalize abortion, America’s modern-day secularists made inevitable the aggressive war on religious freedom they are engaged in today. From the start, the secularists deployed the weapon of anti-religious – primarily anti-Catholic – bigotry in advancing the pro-abortion agenda, portraying... [Read more...]

NCAA OPPOSES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Catalyst May Issue 2015

Below is a copy of a letter written by Bill Donohue to NCAA president Mark Emmert commenting on legislation signed on March 26 by Indiana Governor Mike Pence that affirms religious liberty. March 27, 2015 Mr. Mark Emmert President National Collegiate Athletic Association 700 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46206-6222 Dear Mr. Emmert: I read with... [Read more...]

HYSTERIA AND DUPLICITY OVER INDIANA LAW

Catalyst May Issue 2015

The federal RFRA was passed in 1993, and since that time thirty states have adopted their own RFRA, or a variation of it. These laws have not engendered a single act of discrimination against any American, yet when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed his own state’s law protecting religious liberty, critics went berserk. “Bill Allows Businesses... [Read more...]

POLL DISTORTS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ISSUE

Catalyst May Issue 2015

In January, an AP-GfK poll found that 57 percent agreed that “wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples.” An April Reuters/Ipsos poll was released that tapped the following questions: “Businesses should not be allowed to discriminate (by refusing services or a job)... [Read more...]

SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS NOT ANALOGOUS TO RACE

Catalyst May Issue 2015

The conventional wisdom says that there is no difference between sexual orientation and other demographic characteristics. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Sexual orientation is profoundly unlike such categories as race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, and religion. Why? Because unlike the traditional social classifications, sexual orientation has a teleology,... [Read more...]

“LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME” CUOMO RIPS INDIANA

Catalyst May Issue 2015

A couple of weeks ago, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an edict banning non-essential state funded or state sponsored travel to Indiana. It is entirely fitting that a governor who previously told Catholic human rights activists to get out of New York would elect to punish the people of Indiana because they want to strengthen their religious... [Read more...]

INDIANA PIZZERIA SAYS NO TO GAY WEDDINGS

Catalyst May Issue 2015

Recently, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana had to close their doors for eight days after receiving a hostile reaction for agreeing with the Indiana religious liberty law. The O’Connor family has owned the pizzeria for nine years, and said it would not provide pizzas for a gay wedding. “We’re not discriminating against... [Read more...]

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