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SCHOOL YEAR ENDS IN CONTROVERSY
July 12th, 2005 | Catalyst Online, Features

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...]


YES—ONCE AND FOR ALL— AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION
June 13th, 2005 | Catalyst Online, Essay

by Don Feder Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wrote an article in the Jerusalem Post (February 10, 2005) charging that some well-known Jewish conservatives are doing incalculable harm to their people by affirming that America is a Christian nation. In a rather kvetchy column about Jews who defend the public celebration of Christmas and Mel Gibson’s “The... [Read more...]


NOT ALL HOLIDAY CARDS ARE CREATED EQUAL
January 13th, 2005 | Catalyst Online, Features

The following is a comparative analysis of current holiday greeting cards: Hallmark Of the 104 Christmas cards, nine are religious; one mentions Jesus and none features a nativity scene. In its “Humor” category, three have mild scatological references and one has sexual overtones. Of the 5 Hanukkah cards, four feature menorahs; even the one “Humor”... [Read more...]


NATIVITY SCENES VANDALIZED NATIONWIDE
January 13th, 2005 | Catalyst Online, Features

Below is a list of vandalized nativity scenes this Christmas season: Vandals damaged a life-size nativity scene in Merced, California. Baby Jesus was stolen from a McKinney, Texas family’s yard. Over a dozen statues were stolen from a nativity scene in Pasco County, Florida, and three of the inflatable snowmen were slashed. A nativity scene was stolen... [Read more...]


Executive Summary

The year began with the release of three major statements by the Catholic League: a) a report on the Long Island dailyNewsday, b) a comparative study of sexual abuse among professionals, and c) an open letter to the Jewish community. In last year’s annual report, I wrote that “Newsdayis by far the most anti-Catholic” newspaper in the... [Read more...]


Activist Organizations

January 8 Des Moines, IA—The local ACLU complained that only one version of the Ten Commandments (the King James version) was posted in the Iowa Statehouse. What made the ACLU’s complaint so bogus was the fact that this was a privately-funded display commemorating the moral and legal underpinnings of the U.S. January 23 New York, NY—ADL head... [Read more...]


The Arts

January 24 Los Angeles, CA— “A Comfortable Truth: The Story of a Boy and His Priest” opened in the West Hollywood Lee Strasberg Creative Center. The play’s website said the work addresses “the controversial subject of juvenile molestation in the Church.” It was written and directed by Mark Kemble, and produced by David... [Read more...]


Business / Workplace

January Clayboys, a Canadian business that specializes in homosexual greeting cards, produced one called, “Yoga. Anywhere. Anytime.” The accompanying picture is of Jesus on the Cross with his feet in a yoga position; another card showed a man dressed as the Blessed Mother with the caption, “Our Lady of the Cross dressers”; and... [Read more...]


Education

January 28 Dupo, IL—The Dupo School Board voted to reinstate Dupo High School student James Lord, who was suspended from the school’s closed circuit broadcast television for signing off his December 17, 2003 broadcast by saying, “Have a safe and happy holiday and God Bless.” February 5 Kirtland, OH—Dr. James Tuttle, professor... [Read more...]


Government

February 18 New York, NY—U.S. District Court Judge Charles Sifton ruled against the plaintiffs in the discrimination suit challenging the New York City Department of Education’s policy regarding “Holiday Displays.” The policy allowed the Jewish menorah and Islamic star and crescent while banning the Christian symbol, the nativity... [Read more...]