HOLIDAY GIFTS BANNED IN SCHOOL GIFT SHOP
The Byam Elementary School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts asked parents to donate holiday gifts to the school’s holiday gift shop; the shopping days were December 1-4. Shopping guidelines informed that “Seasonal items such as snowmen, mittens, snowflakes are a big hit.”
But the school also had a list of “Items NOT Permitted.” The school was... [Read more...]
NATIVITY SCENES VANDALIZED NATIONWIDE
Just like in years past, we were flooded with reports from across the nation about nativity scenes being vandalized.
Here is a sample of the stories that came to our attention:
· In Manchester, New Hampshire a five-foot tall figure of one of the Wise Men was stolen from a nativity scene that had been set up for 40 years.
· In a neighborhood near the... [Read more...]
ATTACK ON PIUS XII IS UNSEEMLY
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an article by Deborah Dwork and Eric Greenberg criticizing the Catholic Church for pursuing the cause of sainthood for Pope Pius XII; it is published on the website of today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:
Deborah Dwork is a specialist in Holocaust studies at Clark University, and Rabbi Eric Greenberg is... [Read more...]
BRIT HUME’S CRITICS ARE REVEALING
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the on-going reaction to Fox News analyst Brit Hume’s plea to Tiger Woods that he turn to Christianity and seek forgiveness:
Anyone who doesn’t understand the premium that Christianity puts on forgiveness is badly educated, but that is no excuse for the kind of vitriol that has been spewed against... [Read more...]
Every year in the Catholic League’s history has its similarities and unique qualities. What made 2009 so different from past years was the extent to which government threatened the rights of Catholics and the Catholic Church. That it occurred at the local, state and federal levels made the onslaught all the more ominous.
Americans... [Read more...]
Bills were introduced in both houses of the Maryland legislature—sponsored by Delores Goodwin Kelley in the Senate and C. Sue Hecht in the House—that would have continued the duplicitous way private and public institutions are treated.
These bills continued the outrageous insulation afforded public schools: under the law, claims are limited... [Read more...]
The War on Christmas
Olympia, WA – The director of the Department of General Administration signed rules that dictated no religious or other nongovernmental displays would be allowed inside any building on the State Capitol campus. But the new rules did allow for a state sponsored “Holiday Tree” to be displayed in the Capitol rotunda. Although the new... [Read more...]
January 30 – February 4Following Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to reach out to the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), a controversy erupted due to the media’sdistortion of the story. After it was announced that the pope was seeking reconciliation with SSPX, news reports surfaced that the pope had welcomed back a Holocaust-denying bishop,... [Read more...]
CRAZIEST CHRISTMAS STORIES
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the craziest Christmas stories of 2009:
There is a Christmas tree inside town hall in Cary, North Carolina, but town officials couldn’t bring themselves to call it by its proper name, so they relabeled it the “Community Tree.” They used to have a “Holiday Tree” in Madison, Wisconsin, but even... [Read more...]
BELLS ARE RINGING
Christmas bells started ringing early for the Catholic League this year. Indeed, just three days into November, we heard the call and swung into action. The next day, we scored our first victory.
Initially, there was to be no Christmas Tree on the Capitol lawn in Frankfort, Kentucky. That’s because the word “Christmas” was deemed offensive. So... [Read more...]