The War on Christmas
We sent all 50 governors a manger scene to be displayed during the Christmas season, and most did not have the courtesy of even replying. As you can see from the list below, we received the best regional response from the South; the worst came from the West Coast. New York returned the crèche, though the letter we received was respectful:... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS VANDALS ARE BACK
During each Christmas season, our desks are loaded with stories on Christmas vandalism. This year was no different. Here is a list of incidents that came to our attention:
• Vandals burned the City of Birmingham’s Christmas tree in Alabama
• The police chief in Middleboro, Massachusetts said he received more reports of theft and vandalism... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS WARS INGNITE; NEW BATTLE WITH ATHEISTS
The atheists are out in force this year trying to neuter Christmas. But they are being met with stiff opposition from the Catholic League.
The battle lines were drawn early. On November 10, news reports stated that several atheist organizations were seeking to use the Christmas season to garner new recruits. Their weapons of choice: billboards placed... [Read more...]
BEWARE OF CHRISTMAS PARTIES
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the advice [click here] given by the British law firm, BPE Solicitors, on how to handle Christmas parties:
This British law firm offers indispensable advice. “Christmas parties, with their mix of drink, high spirits and merriment, are one of the main potential sources of problems.” Exactly... [Read more...]
PRO-CHRISTMAS BILLBOARD IN NYC
Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why the Catholic League decided to erect a pro-Christmas billboard in New York City:
On the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, American Atheists has a billboard with an illustration of a nativity scene that reads, “You Know It’s a Myth: This Season Celebrate Reason.” It was erected... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS COPS ON THE BEAT; BIZARRE TACTICS USED
Just as the sun sets in the morning, we know that every December the anti-Christmas folks swing into high gear. And as evidenced by the articles in this issue of Catalyst, 2009 was no exception. Save, perhaps, for one thing: the tactics this time around were noted for their novelty.
Nothing gained the Catholic League more publicity this past Christmas... [Read more...]
PETA BARES CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN
It would be hard to find an organization in the United States which treats animals more unethically than People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2008, as demonstrated by the Center for Consumer Freedom, PETA killed 95 percent of the adoptable pets in its care. Indeed, it killed an average of six pets a day in 2008 at its headquarters... [Read more...]
RAUNCHY CHRISTMAS PLAYS ABOUND
For whatever reason, there were more raunchy Christmas plays this year than ever before. Not surprisingly, many were gay-themed, most were confined to the east and west coasts, and all were loved by art critics. The plays ran the gamut from the irreverent to the extremely vulgar.
New York City is a natural home for such fare. Naked performers were seen... [Read more...]
CHRISTMAS CENSORS STRIKE AGAIN
Leading up to Christmas, we issued a news release noting how the anti-Christmas band was revving its engine.
· The menorah in a Nashville park was okay by the ACLU, but the crèche in Clarksville, Tennessee was not. Why? The City of Clarksville paid $200 for the animals used in the nativity scene.
· A woman from Manchester, Massachusetts was told... [Read more...]
OBAMAS WOULD LIKE TO NEUTER CHRISTMAS
In the December 7 issue of the New York Times, there was a story about White House social secretary Desirée Rogers. In it, reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote: “When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a ‘non-religious Christmas….’”
This... [Read more...]