CHRISTMAS TREE CENSORED IN EUGENE, OREGON
The city manager of Eugene, Oregon, Jim Johnson, has issued a directive banning Christmas trees from public places. Johnson argues that the tree is a religious symbol and therefore cannot be placed on public property. The ban was issued after “a number of non-Christians” complained.
In his memo of November 20 to all city employees, Johnson said... [Read more...]
“F— CHRISTMAS” T-SHIRTS NOW ON SALE
A store in Berkeley, California, Bear Basics, is selling T-shirts that say “F— Christmas”; the shirt bears the full name of the obscenity.
William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, today explained the league’s response to this matter:
“The manager of Bear Basics, Sandie Handschoh, was not available when I called yesterday, but... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS WARS CONTINUE IN SCHOOLS AND PARKS
Every December controversies rage over the placement of religious symbols in public schools and on public property. This year is no exception as lobbying efforts to cleanse the schools and parks of any religious symbolism are being waged by activist organizations that want to further secularize society. Such organizations include the ACLU, ADL,... [Read more...]
CHRISTIANS WANT CRECHES, NOT CHRISTMAS TREES
This holiday season, like those before it, is marked by the public display of Christmas trees and menorahs, the alleged symbols of the Christian holiday, Christmas, and the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, respectively. But the Christmas tree is recognized, both in history and by the U. S. Supreme Court, as a secular symbol, while the menorah is recognized... [Read more...]
BIAS AND BIGOTRY AT THE BBC – PART I
This is Part I of a two part series; the June Catalyst will feature Part II. These articles represent an abbreviated version of Donohue’s monograph, “BBC Reports on Sexual Abuse: From Jimmy Savile to the Catholic Church.” It was sent to the bishops, and to select media outlets in the U.S. and the U.K. The original is available... [Read more...]
.01% OF CLERGY ARE ABUSERS
Bill Donohue comments on the 2015 Annual Report on clergy sexual abuse that was released last week by the National Review Board of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, there were seven substantiated allegations against clergy for the sexual abuse of minors that were made by current minors. Given that... [Read more...]
SUBARU SPONSORS “O’NEALS”
Bill Donohue comments on the Catholic League’s campaign against the ABC show, “The Real O’Neals,” and why he is asking the Subaru Car Company to drop its sponsorship:
Please contact Michael McHale, Director of Corporate Communications for Subaru and tell him how offended Catholics are by a show that is based on the life of an... [Read more...]
Will Wilder and Me: The Quest For Literacy
You could say that the Will Wilder series, my first foray into fiction, started as a “soap opera.”
When they were younger, my children, during bath time would demand original stories for entertainment. To get them to advance to the next step in the bathing process, I would indulge the kids desire for new stories night after... [Read more...]
BIGOTRY ERUPTS AT COLORADO STATE UNIV.
A recent, and ugly, display of anti-Catholicism on the campus of Colorado State University (CSU) prompted an exchange of letters between Bill Donohue and CSU Dean of Students Dr. Jody Donovan.
The controversy arose, Donohue explained, when a “diversity bill” was proposed in the CSU student senate. The bill granted senate seats to select... [Read more...]
THE POLITICIZATION OF “SPOTLIGHT”
The movie “Spotlight” was being politicized before it even hit theaters. That, not the movie itself, was always our concern, and that politicization has continued. On the day of the Oscars several weeks ago, actor Mark Ruffalo, one of the stars in the movie, led a rally outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.... [Read more...]