CATHOLICISM LAMBASTED IN MARTHA STUART “PARODY”
In their second book of parodies caricaturing the work of Martha Stewart, Tom Connor and Jim Downey have lashed out at Catholicism. Entitled Martha Stuart’s better than you at Entertaining, the book introduces readers to “Our Lady of Perpetual Gilt,” “His Holiness Pope John Paul George,” and offers menus for “Circumcision... [Read more...]
Testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution
by William A. Donohue; on the Religious Freedom Amendment
On July 23, Catholic League president William Donohue testified before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Committee on the Judiciary on a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Religious Freedom Amendment, which was first sponsored by Rep. Ernest Istook and... [Read more...]
THE EASTER BUNNY BLUES
by Kathleen McCreary
Does anyone think that the Easter Bunny and his cheerful basket full of colored eggs pose a threat to the hallowed principle of separation of church and state? Apparently so, for last year the Scarsdale, N.Y. Board of Education refused to allow distribution of flyers announcing the annual “Easter Eggstravaganza” in... [Read more...]
CHICAGO AND NEW YORK ARTISTS BLASPHEME CATHOLICISM
Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery and New York’s Slowinski Gallery recently displayed art work that defames Roman Catholicism. The Chicago exhibit, which began January 25 and ended February 23, featured many displays and was titled “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.” The New York exhibit, which began February 14 and ended March 2, showed... [Read more...]
CRÈCHES ADORN PUBLIC SQUARE; POST OFFICE BALKS
A front page story in USA TODAY got it right when it exclaimed, “From Lawrenceville, Ga., to New York City’s Central Park, religious displays are going up on public property as never before.” The reference to Central Park was the Catholic League’s nativity scene, placed in full public view across the street from the Plaza Hotel.... [Read more...]
EUGENE, OREGON CASE MOVES FORWARD
An anti-Catholic exhibition that was rewarded by the government of Eugene, Oregon last fall has now attracted nationwide attention. The Catholic League has taken its case to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
It was on September 16, 1995 that a group called the “Rickies” staged an anti-Catholic march during the annual Eugene Celebration Parade.... [Read more...]
WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT
By Robert H. Bork
The text of the First Amendment is quite simple: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”... [Read more...]
Did You Know?
Did you know that this past Christmas a high school principal in Rhode Island banned students from using the word “Christ” in a concert?
And did you know that in Scarsdale, N.Y., teachers were forbidden to distribute candy canes because they were classified as religious symbols?
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League Pressures N.Y. Store To Remove Offensive Creche
On December 9, 1994, the Catholic League successfully pressured Barneys New York, an upscale clothing store, into removing an offensive nativity scene from its storefront window on Madison Avenue and 6lst Street. The exhibit, entitled “Hello Kitty Nativity Scene,” was the work of artist Tom Sachs.
The display was a crude characterization,... [Read more...]
League Wins On Religious Stamps
On November 17, 1994, the U.S. Postal Service announced that beginning in 1995 there would be no more printing of the Christmas stamp series reproducing paintings of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus. Upon hearing this news, the Catholic League moved quickly to state its objections. We issued a news release and wrote to every Congressman and Senator... [Read more...]