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HYSTERIA AND DUPLICITY OVER INDIANA LAW

Catalyst May Issue 2015

The federal RFRA was passed in 1993, and since that time thirty states have adopted their own RFRA, or a variation of it. These laws have not engendered a single act of discrimination against any American, yet when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed his own state’s law protecting religious liberty, critics went berserk. “Bill Allows Businesses... [Read more...]

POLL DISTORTS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ISSUE

Catalyst May Issue 2015

In January, an AP-GfK poll found that 57 percent agreed that “wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples.” An April Reuters/Ipsos poll was released that tapped the following questions: “Businesses should not be allowed to discriminate (by refusing services or a job)... [Read more...]

SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS NOT ANALOGOUS TO RACE

Catalyst May Issue 2015

The conventional wisdom says that there is no difference between sexual orientation and other demographic characteristics. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Sexual orientation is profoundly unlike such categories as race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, and religion. Why? Because unlike the traditional social classifications, sexual orientation has a teleology,... [Read more...]

“LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME” CUOMO RIPS INDIANA

Catalyst May Issue 2015

A couple of weeks ago, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an edict banning non-essential state funded or state sponsored travel to Indiana. It is entirely fitting that a governor who previously told Catholic human rights activists to get out of New York would elect to punish the people of Indiana because they want to strengthen their religious... [Read more...]

INDIANA PIZZERIA SAYS NO TO GAY WEDDINGS

Catalyst May Issue 2015

Recently, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana had to close their doors for eight days after receiving a hostile reaction for agreeing with the Indiana religious liberty law. The O’Connor family has owned the pizzeria for nine years, and said it would not provide pizzas for a gay wedding. “We’re not discriminating against... [Read more...]

BISHOP ROBERT FINN RESIGNS

Catalyst May Issue 2015

On April 21, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn. In 2012, Bishop Finn was found guilty of a misdemeanor for failing to report Fr. Shawn Ratigan to the authorities once he learned of sexually explicit images of minors on his computer. The Catholic League defended him against his critics, some of whom were... [Read more...]

BIGOTED LAWYER SUSPENDED

Catalyst May Issue 2015

On December 15, 2011, Bill Donohue filed a formal complaint with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility in St. Paul, Minnesota against attorney Naomi Isaacson for making a series of patently anti-Catholic remarks. The case was referred to the courts in Wisconsin, where Isaacson is also licensed. On March 20, 2015, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin... [Read more...]

OBAMA DISPARAGES CHRISTIANS

Catalyst May Issue 2015

During the White House Easter breakfast, “On Easter,” President Obama said, “I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.” Bill Donohue gets more than concerned when he hears President Obama denigrate... [Read more...]

CHRISTIAN BASHING MARKS EASTER SEASON

Catalyst May Issue 2015

The following examples illustrate how the Easter season was marked by anti-Christianity: On April 6, Chris Hardwick used his Easter Monday Comedy Central show, “@Midnight,” to make a joke about Jesus’ resurrection: “Jesus woke up from a nap and now all sins have been wiped clean to make room for even more heinous ones. Whatever... [Read more...]

R.I. TEACHERS CAN OBSERVE GOOD FRIDAY

Catalyst May Issue 2015

Teachers in Cranston, Rhode Island were successful in a lawsuit that they filed against the Cranston school district after being told classes would be held on Good Friday. As a result of the lawsuit, the school committee decided schools will be closed on Good Friday for the 2015-2016 school year. This comes after a recent court decision ruled that Rhode... [Read more...]

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