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January Westfield, MA—Students at Westfield High School who were suspended in December 2002 for distributing candy canes with messages attached filed suit in federal court claiming school administrators violated their constitutional rights to free speech and expression. The message with the candy canes explained the candy canes’ shape and colors,... [Read more...]


Government

January Hightstown, NJ—Town Councilman Eugene Sarafin, known for his atheism and inflammatory remarks about religion, twice used obscene terms to describe his Catholic critics. He labels them “Catholic s—.” After a complaint by the Catholic League, Sarafin was censored by the town council on March 3 by a vote of 5-1. January New... [Read more...]


Media

Movies | Newspapers | Periodicals | Radio | Television |Internet | Books | Video Games MOVIES January 16 The Irish movie “Song for a Raggy Boy” made its United States premiere. Although billed sometimes as a true story, it is a fictionalized account of an Irishman who fights against Franco in Spain and returns to Ireland in... [Read more...]


Miscellaneous

January 4 Philadelphia, PA—The 2003 New Year’s Day Mummers Parade was to include a “parody” of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. To be performed by the Slick Duck Comic Brigade, it was to feature men dressed as priests and young men dressed as altar boys; cops were to be shown chasing after the priests. The parade... [Read more...]


DRUNKEN IRISH CATHOLICS DESTROY MENORAH*
December 29th, 2003 | Latest News Releases

On December 25, WCBS-TV aired a story about a menorah that was vandalized on Christmas Eve in Pearl River, New York.  In the course of the story, reporter Lou Young mentioned that “the menorah shares the small park here with a nativity scene and a Christmas tree in a town that is heavily Irish Catholic.”  He also said, “It is probably worth... [Read more...]


CRECHE CASE IN THE COURTS
December 22nd, 2003 | Catalyst Online, Front Page

On November 13, oral arguments were heard in U.S. District Court regarding a lawsuit that maintains that the New York City school system discriminates against Christians. Suing the New York City schools is The Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Catholic League began the process and secured a complainant for the law firm. The dispute... [Read more...]


WHY THE SCANDAL WILL CONTINUE

William A. Donohue The Boston Globe broke the story on the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in January 2002. Two years later, it is evident the scandal will not go away. Don’t get me wrong—it is neither enabling bishops nor molesting priests who are prolonging the scandal—it is a diverse group of people who have an ideological,... [Read more...]


BRIEF FILED IN PLEDGE CASE
December 22nd, 2003 | Catalyst Online, Features

The Catholic League, represented by The Thomas More Law Center from Ann Arbor, Michigan, will file an amicus curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court in the Pledge of Allegiance case. The high court is expected to rule on this issue next spring. The brief will seek to overturn the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision Newdow v. United States Congress,... [Read more...]


NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK
December 15th, 2003 | Latest News Releases

The Catholic League has erected a nativity scene in New York’s Central Park.  Located on the corner of 59th Street and 5th Avenue, the crèche will be blessed by Monsignor John Woolsey, pastor of St. John the Martyr in Manhattan, at 4:00 pm.  It will be up for two weeks. Catholic League president William Donohue offered the following remarks... [Read more...]


LAURYN HILL FLIPS HER LID
December 15th, 2003 | Latest News Releases

At a Vatican Christmas concert Saturday night, hip-hop artist Lauryn Hill read a lengthy statement blasting the Vatican for the homosexual scandal in the Catholic Church.  “God has been a witness to the corruption of his leadership, of the exploitation and abuses…by the clergy,” she said.  Hill told the audience to seek blessings “from God,... [Read more...]