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OBAMA CLUELESS ON ISIS RECRUITMENT

Catalyst April Issue 2015

Recently, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that “lack of opportunity for jobs” is one of the most prominent “root causes” driving ISIS recruitment efforts. Soon after, President Obama addressed the same issue, echoing Hart’s explanation. After acknowledging that “poverty alone does not cause a person to... [Read more...]

THE TOTALITARIAN FACE OF ISIS

Catalyst April Issue 2015

Beginning in 1966, at the outset of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, the Red Guards went on a rampage destroying museums and bulldozing graves. Now ISIS is doing the same thing in Iraq. Sledgehammers have been used to behead statues and other artifacts at the Mosul Museum—winged bulls dating to the seventh century B.C. have been smashed—a... [Read more...]

TIMES HAVE CHANGED

Catalyst April Issue 2015

The picture below is from the Sunday edition of New York’s Daily News commemorating Good Friday in 1962. It is a sign of the times that no illuminated crosses in lighted windows would ever be displayed today.  Read More →

SECULARISTS ARE A SOCIAL LIABILITY

Catalyst April Issue 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Gallup released a poll that details how the states vary on church attendance. Gallup’s latest effort on measuring religious practices is drawn from its daily tracking interviews in 2014. It sought to tap how often Americans in each state attended church, synagogue, or mosque. The study found that ten of the top 12 states... [Read more...]

CHALLENGE TO HHS MANDATE STILL ALIVE

Catalyst April Issue 2015

On March 9, the United States Supreme Court ordered a review of the University of Notre Dame’s challenge to the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate and then sent the case back to the appellate panel for a review in light of the high court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. On February 21, 2014, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled... [Read more...]

MUSLIMS ARE RIGHT TO BE ANGRY

Catalyst March Issue 2015

Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why the killing of 12 people at the Paris office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction. Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record... [Read more...]

CHARLIE HEBDO PERVERTS FREEDOM

Catalyst March Issue 2015

Being misrepresented is commonplace for public figures. Sometimes it reflects an honest misreading; other times it is a willful distortion. Bill Donohue doesn’t have the time to address all of these instances, but he hardly ran from his position. Donohue’s position is this: the murderers are fully responsible for what they did and should... [Read more...]

MUSLIMS AND ARTISTS MUST CHANGE

Catalyst March Issue 2015

In an ideal world, Muslims who interpret the Koran to justify violence would convert to Catholicism, and artists who think they have an absolute right to insult people of faith would follow suit. If both did, we would have peace and civility. Catholicism teaches that it is immoral to intentionally kill innocent persons, beginning with life in the womb.... [Read more...]

HYPOCRISY RUNS DEEP AT WASHINGTON POST

Catalyst March Issue 2015

On January 7, the Washington Post ran an article by Ishaan Tharoor criticizing Bill Donohue for drawing attention to the irresponsibility of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo. He took Donohue to task for not taking a more expansive view of free speech. In his online post, two cartoons from the French weekly were reprinted: one was anti-Muslim and the... [Read more...]

FREE SPEECH PHONIES LEARN NOTHING

Catalyst March Issue 2015

Bill Donohue asks artists not to intentionally insult people of faith and in the mind of some this means he favors blasphemy laws. For example, he was invited by Kelsey Rupp of the editorial board of USA Today to write an “opposing view” on blasphemy laws in the Middle East: the paper would oppose the laws and he was expected to support... [Read more...]

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