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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IMPERILED WORLDWIDE

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Recently, the findings of the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report were issued by the U.S. State Department. It is a mistake to ascribe all religious persecution to Muslim madmen who belong to terrorist groups such as ISIS, al Qaeda, al Shabab, and Boko Haram. The sad fact is that Muslim-run governments are centrally involved in oppression, [...]

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MEDIA COVER FOR MUSLIM MADMAN

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Here is a sample of some of the most common statements and headlines issued by the media on Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the truck driver who killed at least 84 people in Nice, France: "A Frenchman of Tunisian descent drove a truck through crowds...." "French Tunisian Truck Terrorist Identified" "Truck Attack in France Kills at Least 80" [...]

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RELIGIOUS RIGHTS NEED MORE PROTECTIONS

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Two bills critical to the defense of religious freedom came before the U.S. House of  Representatives over the summer. On July 12, the House held hearings on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). This bill is needed to protect the religious rights encoded in the First Amendment, which are under attack on many fronts, most conspicuously [...]

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WHAT VATICAN HOLOCAUST SECRETS?

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Gerald Posner's op-ed in a recent edition of the New York Times broke no new ground, and offered a dishonest assessment on the Vatican Holocaust archives. Moreover, he has been accused of serial plagiarism, and his work on this subject has already been discredited. Now he is back accusing the Vatican of refusing to release its [...]

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HOLLYWOOD’S RELIGIOUS BIAS

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The Barna Group recently conducted a survey of Republicans and Democrats asking them whether Hollywood is biased against Christianity. It found that 32 percent of Republicans, and 5 percent of Democrats, believe that Hollywood generally portrays Christianity in a negative way. We know from other surveys that Republicans are much more likely to attend religious services [...]

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CATHOLICISM AND NATIVE AMERICANS

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

In a Washington Post blog, Naomi Schaefer Riley wrote that Catholic schools, after a history of "physical, sexual and emotional abuse" of Native American children, are now finally trying to do them some good. The piece lacked both supporting data and context. Riley cited apologies by Popes Francis and Benedict XVI for mistreatment of Native Americans. [...]

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SATANISTS ABUSE LIBERTY

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

August 15 is a holy day in the Catholic calendar, the Feast of the Assumption. Recently, Satanists in Oklahoma City chose this day to offend Catholics by holding a "Black Mass" that evening, one that included the desecration of a statue of the Virgin Mary. This was not the first time that a Satanic ceremony was [...]

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PHILLY MAYOR IS UN-AMERICAN

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

James Kenney was elected mayor of Philadelphia. He seems to think that gives him the authority, or qualifications, to run the Catholic Church in his city. It does not. Recently, Kenney ripped Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput as "not Christian." The archbishop's offense? He issued pastoral guidelines reiterating Catholic teaching on marriage, family, and reception of the [...]

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CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS vs. BILL DONOHUE

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On March 23, 2000, Bill Donohue and Christopher Hitchens squared off in a fiery debate at New York's Union League Club. Much of the debate centered on Mother Teresa. The following is an excerpt from a play by professor Remi Dubuque; it is based on the evening's debate. Mother Teresa's upcoming canonization, and Donohue's new book [...]

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HOW THE VICTIMS’ LOBBY LOST

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The following timeline shows how the Catholic League helped to defeat New York's unjust bill on sexual abuse: On March 28, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey wrote an op ed in the Daily News touting her bill, while making no mention of the public schools. On March 30, Sen. Brad Hoylman, in an op ed, called for "every [...]

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