HOW WE BEAT WAL-MART
Our troubles with Wal-Mart began when a woman e-mailed the company complaining about its policy of encouraging its employees to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” The response she got, from a Customer Service employee by the name of Kirby, was astounding. Here’s what Kirby said (we are reproducing his statement... [Read more...]
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY DELETES BIASED REMARK
In the last issue of Catalyst, we ran a story on education wherein we mentioned an ugly incident attendant to National History Day. No sooner was the November issue printed when we learned that the dispute ended amicably.
On August 1, William Donohue wrote to Cathy Gorn, executive director of National History Day (NHD), about the contents of a flier... [Read more...]
DENIS LEARY’S SICK IDEA OF HUMOR
Tonight, Comedy Central will air a special by Denis Leary, “Merry F#%$in’ Christmas” (it first aired two nights ago and is scheduled to air again on Dec. 17). The show consists of several skits, a cartoon and musical performances.
There is a skit about lesbian nuns, and a song by “Our Lady of Perpetual Suffering Church Choir” about a hooker. ... [Read more...]
COUNTY OFFICIALS URGED TO ERECT CRECHES
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the Catholic League’s latest Christmas campaign:
“Several weeks ago, we sent a booklet, Religious Expression at Christmastime, to every county administrator in the nation; there are 3,100 of them. The booklet encourages these officials to erect a nativity scene on public property. ‘There... [Read more...]
FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIV. CLARIFIES STORY
Catholic League president Bill Donohue issued the following remarks today regarding an earlier story involving Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU):
“After our news release on FGCU, I received a call from Susan Evans, the school’s spokesperson. She maintains that a news story on the issue of banning a Christmas song at a Christmas concert was... [Read more...]
RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE IN EDUCATION
There is hardly a school left anywhere in the country that isn’t touting the virtues of tolerance and diversity. Unfortunately, when it comes to the subject of religion, these values are often noticeably absent. It would be more accurate to say that intolerance—not tolerance—governs the way many schools behave when matters religious are front... [Read more...]
WAL-MART CAVES; BOYCOTT ENDS
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on Wal-Mart’s decision to yield to the league’s demands:
“Yesterday, I said the Catholic League’s boycott of Wal-Mart would proceed until the company a) rendered an apology b) withdrew its insane statement regarding the origins of Christmas and c) revised its website. When I left the office... [Read more...]
WAL-MART HAS BEEN PUT ON NOTICE
Bill Donohue commented today on the latest development in the Catholic League’s fight with Wal-Mart:
“Yesterday, I announced a boycott of Wal-Mart and asked 126 religious organizations that span seven faith communities to join with us. We want a) an apology for insulting Christians by effectively banning Christmas and b) a withdrawal of its insane... [Read more...]
MEET THE NEO-XENOPHOBES
Xenophobia is the fear of strangers, and it typically refers to foreigners or recent immigrants. But there is a new expression of xenophobia afloat in our culture today, and it is one that is harbored by many of our cultural elites: it is the fear of the faithful.
This new strain of xenophobia is evidenced by those who warn that we are fast becoming... [Read more...]
SCHOOL YEAR ENDS IN CONTROVERSY
The 2004-2005 academic year is over, but some controversies linger. For example, the Catholic League is involved in a case in Washington state protesting the treatment of Catholic students by an irate teacher.
At the end of the school year, we learned of a public high-school teacher who has a long history of exhibiting anti-Catholic behavior in the... [Read more...]