CENSORING CHRISTMAS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2004, Front Page

Every December the Catholic League goes into high gear confronting those who attempt to censor Christmas. This year was no exception.

Unfortunately, the long-awaited ruling on the New York City schools did not come down. So another year went by without nativity scenes in the schools; Jewish menorahs and Islamic crescent and stars were allowed.

We fought the good fight all over the nation and won three major victories. We had a public library in Meriden, Connecticut restore paintings of Jesus that officials of the library had banned. We threatened a lawsuit against a public school outside of Philadelphia for removing a nativity scene (while allowing a menorah), and we succeeded in having the crèche restored. And we persuaded officials at Central Michigan University to remove a “Warning” to Christians—posted on the school’s website—on how to properly celebrate Christmas without offending others.

It is really getting out of hand. As William Donohue told Fox News Channel talk-show host Neil Cavuto, there is a South African element at work: the majority of the population seems to be losing its rights to the minority. In South Africa, black Africans comprised better than 90 percent of the population, yet the power was in the hands of the white minority. In the U.S., every December there is a war on Christian symbols—even though Christians comprise 85 percent of the population.
There is a lot more on these and related stories in this issue of Catalyst.

Every December the Catholic League goes into high gear confronting those who attempt to censor Christmas. This year was no exception.

Unfortunately, the long-awaited ruling on the New York City schools did not come down. So another year went by without nativity scenes in the schools; Jewish menorahs and Islamic crescent and stars were allowed.

We fought the good fight all over the nation and won three major victories. We had a public library in Meriden, Connecticut restore paintings of Jesus that officials of the library had banned. We threatened a lawsuit against a public school outside of Philadelphia for removing a nativity scene (while allowing a menorah), and we succeeded in having the crèche restored. And we persuaded officials at Central Michigan University to remove a “Warning” to Christians—posted on the school’s website—on how to properly celebrate Christmas without offending others.

It is really getting out of hand. As William Donohue told Fox News Channel talk-show host Neil Cavuto, there is a South African element at work: the majority of the population seems to be losing its rights to the minority. In South Africa, black Africans comprised better than 90 percent of the population, yet the power was in the hands of the white minority. In the U.S., every December there is a war on Christian symbols—even though Christians comprise 85 percent of the population.
There is a lot more on these and related stories in this issue of Catalyst.


Written by Bill