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CHRISTMAS CONTROVERSIES
December 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Front Page

Every December the Catholic League goes on high alert over the ever-predictable Christmas controversies. The controversies started early this year when it was revealed in October that there will be no religious displays allowed during the holiday season at Saluda Shoals Park in Irmo, North Carolina. Last year the league was busy restoring the right... [Read more...]


ATTEMPTS TO SANITIZE CHRISTMAS OCCUR IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS ALIKE
December 18th, 2002 | Latest News Releases

Catholic League president William Donohue today listed recent attempts to sanitize Christmas in both the private and public sectors: Every year on New York’s Park Avenue the Helmsley Building nightly features a huge display of lights in the shape of a cross. This is the first year it has been discontinued. GAP stores on the East Coast have banned... [Read more...]


RIPPING UP THE RELIGIOUS ROOTS OF CHRISTMAS
December 4th, 2002 | Latest News Releases

Catholic League president William Donohue offered the following observations today on attempts to rip up the religious roots of Christmas: “The controversy over the display of religious symbols on public property has already begun.  While the U.S. Supreme Court has not spoken with clarity on this issue, there is some settled ground that public officials... [Read more...]


ANTI-CHRISTMAS ANIMUS EVIDENT NATIONWIDE
February 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Front Page

The culture war that has gripped the nation is nowhere more clearly evident than in the annual attempt to stamp out Christmas. Things got out-of-hand this year, in particular. Some thought the events of 9-11 would bring us together, but as the following examples demonstrate, there are some who are absolutely determined to divide us. · Government officials... [Read more...]


SAYING “MERRY CHRISTMAS” MADE SAFE IN SEATTLE
January 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Front Page

Thanks to the Catholic League, employees in King County, Washington, were allowed to say “Merry Christmas” this year. But if the Seattle-area county executive Ron Sims had his way, the ban he instituted would still be in place. Sims, who is a Baptist minister, issued a memo on November 14 mandating that King County employees use “religion-neutral”... [Read more...]


MAKERS OF HOLIDAY GREETING CARDS DUMB DOWN CHRISTMAS
January 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Features

Makers of holiday greeting cards show great unevenness in their handling of Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays. Here is what our review of the greeting cards available on the home page of Yahoo! revealed: There are over 350 Christmas cards yet only 25 have a religious content. There are at least 8 objectionable cards in the “Humorous”... [Read more...]


MAKING CHRISTMAS DISAPPEAR
December 20th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

Many examples of making Christmas disappear have recently come to the attention of the Catholic League.  Here are some of them: An insert in the New York Times Magazine of November 18 entitled, “The Best of the Season,” had a calendar section that listed events for Hanukkah on December 9 and Kwanzaa events for December 26.  For December 25,... [Read more...]


EMPLOYEES OF KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON, CAN NOW SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”
December 12th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

On December 10, the Catholic League issued a news release criticizing a November 14 memo by Ron Sims, the King County Executive in Washington State, that warned county employees not to say “Merry Christmas.”  He has now reversed himself saying it is okay to say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah.”  However, Sims, and his chief of staff,... [Read more...]


MAKERS OF HOLIDAY GREETING CARDS DUMB DOWN CHRISTMAS
December 10th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

Makers of holiday greeting cards show great unevenness in their handling of Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays.  To be specific, a review of the greeting cards available on the home page of Yahoo! reveal the following: There are over 350 Christmas cards yet only 25 have a religious content.  There are at least 8 objectionable cards in the “Humorous”... [Read more...]


EMPLOYEES OF KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON, WARNED NOT TO SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”
December 10th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

A memo has been sent to the employees of King County, Washington, regarding holiday celebrations that requires them to use “religion-neutral” language.  The memo of November 14 says it is okay to say “Happy Holidays” and “Holiday Greetings.”  But all references to Christmas are regarded as taboo. Ron Sims, the King County Executive who... [Read more...]