From The President’s Desk

GAYS AND GAY ACTIVISTS

Catalyst November Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.6 percent of Americans are homosexual. Yet that very small minority projects an influence on our culture that is extraordinary. A few years back, gay reporters at the New York Times were bragging how many of them were working on front-page stories. Hollywood studios employ a significant... [Read more...]

THE POLITICS OF THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Catalyst October 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When I became president of the Catholic League in 1993, there was no Catholic League unit in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. That soon changed. For the past 20 years we have had a small contingent in the parade, but we will not be marching in 2015. As I have already indicated, my support for the parade’s rules,... [Read more...]

THE POWER OF HOPE AND PRAYER

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Lately, as the result of a new book I am finishing, I have given a lot of thought to the power of hope and prayer. So when I heard about the travails of Bret Baier and his wife, I knew I had to read it; their very personal ordeal is truly inspiring. What follows is a small excerpt from my new book. Bret Baier, the Fox News chief political... [Read more...]

FREE SPEECH UNDER FIRE

Catalyst June Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Over and over again, I have said that I would prefer to suffer the indignity of having my religion trashed before endorsing the right of the government to censor the offensive speech. Would there ever be an exception? Of course—no right is absolute. But in almost all cases, having the government silence the offenders is the wrong... [Read more...]

THE MYTH OF DIVERSITY

Catalyst May Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue The greatest threat to freedom these days comes not from neo-Nazis, or from any other group on the lunatic fringe: it comes from those who tout the virtue of diversity. Unfortunately, they are clustered in the command centers of our culture, making it impossible to avoid them. To be specific, they work in higher education, the media,... [Read more...]

MISTAKES AND LIES

Catalyst April Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue We often hear people say, “I’m sorry, I lied about that,” when, in fact, they never lied; they were merely mistaken. Let me be plain: it is impossible to lie without first knowing the truth. Once we know the truth, we can correct our mistakes, but knowledge of the truth matters little to liars, and this is doubly... [Read more...]

ENVY DRIVES INEQUALITY ISSUE

Catalyst March Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue When Pope Francis speaks about our “throwaway” abortion culture, or comments on marriage as a union between a man and a woman, he wins no points from those on the left. But when he speaks about income inequality, he is praised by the likes of President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. However, these... [Read more...]

APES AND ABORTION

Catalyst January/February Issue 2014, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue For many decades, Steven Wise has been promoting the rights of apes. To be specific, he would like to see chimpanzees awarded “legal personhood.” He is most known for championing the Great Ape Legal Project, seeking to represent little King Kongs in court. Last month, on December 2, he got a little closer to his dream:... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT CHRIST

Catalyst December Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Even though roughly 80 percent of Americans are Christian, 96 percent celebrate Christmas. Can non-Christians and non-believers really celebrate Christmas? To some extent they can, just the same way those who are not Irish can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: they can partake in the fun aspects of it, but that’s it. At bottom,... [Read more...]

DIFFERENT WORLDS

Catalyst November Issue 2013, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue It sometimes feels as though I am living in a parallel universe. Quite frankly, I cannot believe some of the things I am hearing and seeing these days. What follows is an account of what I recently experienced one morning. I wake up to the news every weekday around 5:30 a.m. Today I heard that in New York City they are going to launch... [Read more...]

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