TRILOGY SERIES NIXED
We previously reported in Catalyst that New Line Cinema has not shown much interest in making any more movie versions of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy; his first book in the series, The Golden Compass, hit the big screen in 2007, and was the subject of a vigorous Catholic League protest. At the end of 2009, our dream came true: there... [Read more...]
PETA BARES CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN
It would be hard to find an organization in the United States which treats animals more unethically than People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2008, as demonstrated by the Center for Consumer Freedom, PETA killed 95 percent of the adoptable pets in its care. Indeed, it killed an average of six pets a day in 2008 at its headquarters... [Read more...]
RAUNCHY CHRISTMAS PLAYS ABOUND
For whatever reason, there were more raunchy Christmas plays this year than ever before. Not surprisingly, many were gay-themed, most were confined to the east and west coasts, and all were loved by art critics. The plays ran the gamut from the irreverent to the extremely vulgar.
New York City is a natural home for such fare. Naked performers were seen... [Read more...]
ATHEISTS LAUNCH GRINCH CAMPAIGNS
The Christmas season is a lonely time of year for those who believe in nothing. Most, however, manage to get by without having to lash out at believers. But not the Freedom from Religion Foundation. In 2008, this group took its campaign to Olympia, Washington, and this past year, the religion haters took their show on the road to Springfield, Illinois.... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS CENSORS STRIKE AGAIN
Leading up to Christmas, we issued a news release noting how the anti-Christmas band was revving its engine.
· The menorah in a Nashville park was okay by the ACLU, but the crèche in Clarksville, Tennessee was not. Why? The City of Clarksville paid $200 for the animals used in the nativity scene.
· A woman from Manchester, Massachusetts was told... [Read more...]
OBAMAS WOULD LIKE TO NEUTER CHRISTMAS
In the December 7 issue of the New York Times, there was a story about White House social secretary Desirée Rogers. In it, reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote: “When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a ‘non-religious Christmas….’”
This... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS FOES WALK A MINEFIELD
It was a tricky season for those who delight in warring with Christmas. Consider what happened in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Erik Brown is the principal of Walsh Elementary in the Waterbury School District. His staff was under strict orders not to employ secular, as well as religious, Christian symbols when they enjoyed their “winter celebration” on... [Read more...]
CRAZIEST CHRISTMAS STORIES
As usual, there was a litany of bizarre Christmas stories in 2009. A few days before Christmas, we commented on a handful of them.
There was a Christmas tree inside Cary, North Carolina’s town hall, but the town officials couldn’t bring themselves to call it by its proper name, instead they relabeled it the “Community Tree.” In Madison, Wisconsin... [Read more...]
OREGON SCHOOL RESTORES “GIVING TREE”
A day after we commented and urged our members to contact Oregon’s Ashland School District Superintendent, a “Giving Tree” that was removed from Belleview Elementary School was restored.
Belleview Elementary’s principal, Michelle Zundel, said that one family made a complaint about the “Giving Tree” that was displayed in the school lobby,... [Read more...]
FAKE ANIMALS SUBSTITUTE FOR MANGER SCENE
Residents of Howard County, Indiana that were hoping to see a manger scene on the lawn of the county courthouse were disappointed this past Christmas season. Instead, they got a lighted display of the Loch Ness Monster, a whale and other animals. From the pictures we saw, the lighted whale was our favorite.
Commissioner Tyler Moore defended the exercise... [Read more...]