LIPTON AD WITHDRAWN; APOLOGY ACCEPTED

On June 15, the Catholic League issued a news release protesting a Lipton ad that showed a man waiting to receive Holy Communion carrying a bowl of Lipton onion dip; the obvious implication was that the man was about to dunk the Host in the dip.  Catholic League president William Donohue wrote to Unilever COO Matthew Shattock (Unilever is the parent... [Read more...]

LIPTON AD OFFENDS CENTRAL CATHOLIC BELIEF

The Catholic League has asked Unilever, the parent company of Lipton, to withdraw an ad that is offensive to Catholics.  The ad, which is published (among other places) in the June 13-19 edition of the New York Press (a free alternative weekly), depicts a man dressed as a priest offering Holy Communion to five parishioners in a church.  The priest... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS CLUBS CAN MEET AFTER SCHOOL

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that religious groups can meet after school hours in public schools.  The 6-3 ruling in Good News Club v. Milford Central Schools declared that it was discriminatory to ban a Christian club from meeting after school hours simply because the club was religious in nature.  Writing for the majority, Justice Clarence... [Read more...]

ATTACK ON “ABSTINENCE-ONLY” SEX ED IS FLAWED

Tomorrow, there will be a press conference in Washington, D.C. that is being organized by those who are opposed to congressional reauthorization of federal funding for abstinence-only sex education.  The coalition of 35 national organizations will release a statement decrying abstinence-only programs.  Two major arguments will be made: funding of... [Read more...]

ABC ASKED TO SEVER LINK WITH BELIEFNET

On June 4, ABC News said it would be dropping its religion correspondent, Peggy Wehmeyer, in October because of budget cuts.  Wehmeyer was the first, and only, full-time religion correspondent in network television.  As a substitute, ABC said it would establish a new partnership with Beliefnet, an Internet site that focuses on religion. Catholic League... [Read more...]

BBC BASHES CATHOLICS IN “A LOVE DIVIDED”

“A Love Divided” opened today in select theaters.  Produced by the BBC, the movie is based on an allegedly true story about a Protestant woman, married to a Catholic, who brings her children up Protestant in Ireland in the 1950s after pledging to bring them up Catholic.  As the story goes, when a local priest objects, the woman flees to Northern... [Read more...]

MEDIA BIAS AT CNN AND SALON.COM

According to a Nexis database search, there have been 231 stories over the past week on accused spy Robert Hanssen.  Only one U.S. media source, CNN, made mention of his religion; he was dubbed “a devout Catholic” on May 31 on “CNN Live At Daybreak.” Last Sunday, African Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo married a South Korean woman in a group ceremony... [Read more...]