OFFENSIVE CHRISTMAS CARD DRAWS APOLOGY
The New York Law Journal carried a story on December 18 on the distribution of 1500 Christmas cards to the friends and associates of a New York law firm, Rudolph & Beer. Playing off the name of the firm, the card showed a picture of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer dressed as one of the three Wise Men, bringing a foaming mug of beer to the baby Jesus.... [Read more...]
Our Members Make This A Special Christmas
I defy anyone to name a single organization that has more rabid members than the Catholic League. Indeed, one of the reasons why we don’t rent our membership list to other organizations is because of the special nature of our members. Our members are generous, loyal and extremely active. When we ask them to write to offending parties and the... [Read more...]
WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT
By Robert H. Bork
The text of the First Amendment is quite simple: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”... [Read more...]
League joins Christmas Day Firings Case
On December 25, 1992, clerks Kathleen Pielech and Patricia Reed refused to show up for their jobs at a Massachusetts racetrack and were fired. The women filed suit against Massasoit Greyhound, the owners of Raynham-Paunton Greyhound Park, where they had been employed. The Judge in the lower court ruled in June, 1994, that the Catholic religion did not... [Read more...]
Did You Know?
Did you know that this past Christmas a high school principal in Rhode Island banned students from using the word “Christ” in a concert?
And did you know that in Scarsdale, N.Y., teachers were forbidden to distribute candy canes because they were classified as religious symbols?
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League Pressures N.Y. Store To Remove Offensive Creche
On December 9, 1994, the Catholic League successfully pressured Barneys New York, an upscale clothing store, into removing an offensive nativity scene from its storefront window on Madison Avenue and 6lst Street. The exhibit, entitled “Hello Kitty Nativity Scene,” was the work of artist Tom Sachs.
The display was a crude characterization,... [Read more...]
League Wins On Religious Stamps
On November 17, 1994, the U.S. Postal Service announced that beginning in 1995 there would be no more printing of the Christmas stamp series reproducing paintings of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus. Upon hearing this news, the Catholic League moved quickly to state its objections. We issued a news release and wrote to every Congressman and Senator... [Read more...]
We’ve Only Just Begun
We have rolled into 1995 with a string of victories. Dr. Elders is gone, Bameys department store has been chastened, nativity scenes have appeared on public grounds and the Madonna and Child stamp series has been saved. The Catholic League was involved in all of these victories, sometimes in communion with others, and sometimes strictly on our own.
Dr.... [Read more...]
League Addresses Creche – Menorah Inequity
In December, the Catholic League was struck by the prevalence of menorahs on public property and the absence of creches in the same places. Menorahs were evident in public schools, post offices, train stations and in public parks, but there were noticeably few creches. Christians were told that they should be satisfied with the display of a Christmas... [Read more...]
Examples of anti-Catholic bigotry that appear in this report are culled from activist organizations, the arts, commercial establishments, education, government, the media and the workplace; acts of violence are also detailed. The commentary that follows will address each of these areas. But first a word about the difference between criticism of the... [Read more...]