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BEHIND THE CHARLIE HEBDO STORY

Catalyst March Issue 2015, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue To say 2015 got off to a fast start would be an understatement: it seemed that all I did was grant one interview after another, running from one TV studio to another. It was tiring, but also fun. There were, however, a number of things that happened that were not so humorous; dishonesty was commonplace. Let’s start with the... [Read more...]

The Catholic Advantage

Catalyst March Issue 2015, Essay

Bill Donohue We all want to be healthy, happy, and make it to heaven; even atheists who do not believe in heaven would prefer they enter the pearly gates if   given only two choices. Who are the most likely, and the least likely, to achieve the Three H’s of health, happiness, and heaven is the subject of my new book. The real challenge, I found,... [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...]

SHOULD THE MEDIA SHOW THE CARTOONS?

Catalyst March Issue 2015

When the Danish cartoons were published a decade ago, the media refused to show them. With the exception of the Boston Phoenix, which cited safety concerns, the others either gave no reason or feigned interest in not offending people of faith. But if they really believed in freedom of speech, the cartoons would have been shown. Why? Because none was... [Read more...]

INVENTING CONTROVERSY

Catalyst March Issue 2015

In a recent Religion News Service story, David Gibson said the following in regards to the Paris murders: “In finding no justification for the deaths of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff, [Cardinal Timothy] Dolan seemed to part ways with another prominent New York Catholic, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who essentially said the newspaper... [Read more...]

MEET THE REAL CENSORS

Catalyst March Issue 2015

On October 13, 1998, Bill Donohue held a demonstration in the street outside the theater that hosted “Corpus Christi,” the Terrence McNally play that depicted Christ having sex with the apostles. Donohue did not seek to have the government censor the play, but there was a protest of his right to protest the play. The New York Times commented... [Read more...]

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