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BEWARE THE “FRIENDS OF THE POOR”

William A. Donohue This is the season of giving and give we should: to the surviving family members of the horror of 9-11; to the needy; to the disabled; to all those unable to provide for themselves. But let’s do it without the smugness that too often accompanies the giving. I say this because it’s been my experience that the people who scream... [Read more...]


NYC SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR DOES A 360: RELIGIOUS LOSES
December 23rd, 2001 | Catalyst Online, Features

On November 14, New York City Schools Chancellor Harold Levy approved a new policy that would allow school officials to designate a specific area where Muslim students could gather to pray during Ramadan. On the evening of November 15, he reversed himself saying that no such accommodation will be tolerated. The New York Post broke the initial story... [Read more...]


CATHOLICISM TRASHED BY GREETING CARD COMPANY
December 21st, 2001 | Latest News Releases

NobleWorks, a greeting card company from Hoboken, New Jersey, has two categories of greeting cards: “nice” and “Extra” (which they call “naughty”).  There are no cards in the latter category for Ramadan, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.  But there are more than a dozen tailored to Christian holidays. For example, the “Extra” selection has a Christmas... [Read more...]


NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM DISCRIMINATES AGAINST CHRISTIANS
December 18th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

The Catholic League is charging the New York City school system with discrimination against Christians.  It plans to sue New York once a family with children in the New York City public schools agrees to be party to the suit; this is a requirement for the league to achieve standing.  Working cooperatively with the Catholic League in this effort is... [Read more...]


NATIVITY SCENE GOING UP IN CENTRAL PARK
December 18th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

On December 19, the Catholic League will erect its annual nativity scene in Central Park.  It will be situated on the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street.  The nativity scene will be blessed by Msgr. John Woolsey, pastor of St. John the Martyr in Manhattan, at 4:30 p.m.  He will be joined by the Catholic League staff. William Donohue, president... [Read more...]


ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE BANS SANTA CLAUS
December 17th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

Gale Garriott, chief counsel of the Agency Counsel Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s office, has issued a memo banning the display of Santa Claus from areas open to the general public.  In his memo of November 28, Garriott banned any items “that have a religious significance attached to them.”  He personally listed Santa Claus as an... [Read more...]


eBAY WITHDRAWS “WEIRD TATTOOED JESUS STATUE!”
December 13th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

In response to a complaint by the Catholic League, eBay, the Internet auction site, has withdrawn an offensive item from its listings, the “Weird Tattooed Jesus Statue!”  The statue depicts Jesus with three eyes, vampire teeth and a dagger tattoo on his chest.  The base is covered with roses and green painted skulls.  It was designed by Michael... [Read more...]


WEST PALM BEACH VA MEDICAL CENTER RESTORES MENORAH BUT STILL DOESN’T HAVE A NATIVITY SCENE
December 11th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

On December 7, menorahs were removed from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach.  On December 10, they were restored.  The initial complaints were made by those who contended that the menorah is a religious symbol and should therefore not be displayed on government property.  The second round of complaints came from the Jewish War... [Read more...]


UNIV. OF NORTHERN IOWA HOSTS “CORPUS CHRISTI”
December 11th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

The University of Northern Iowa will host the Terrence McNally play, “Corpus Christi,” December 12-14.  The play depicts Christ having sex with the 12 apostles. Catholic League’s president William Donohue explained his reaction: “The taxpayers in Iowa are being asked to give the University of Northern Iowa a Christmas present—a three day... [Read more...]


HARVARD SHOWS INTOLERANCE TO CHRISTIANS
December 5th, 2001 | Latest News Releases

According to the Harvard Crimson, the campus of Harvard University is dotted with cardboard Santas and menorahs and most of the University Houses have both a menorah and a Christmas tree.  But there is no mention of a nativity scene anywhere on the campus.  Indeed, there is considerable controversy over the scheduled placement of a Christmas tree... [Read more...]