75 ORGANIZATIONS ASKED TO JOIN SHOWTIME BOYCOTT

The Catholic League has asked 75 Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon and Buddhist organizations to join us in boycotting Showtime.  The boycott is being called because of our dissatisfaction with VIACOM CEO Sumner Redstone’s refusal to condemn the Catholic bashing associated with the Showtime film, “Sister Mary Explains It All.”  It... [Read more...]

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS STUDENT PRAYER

A federal appeals court today has again ruled that public school students have the right to choose a fellow classmate to give a prayer at a high school graduation; the case involves Duval County in Florida.  The ruling makes it clear that school officials have no control over the selection of who is to speak or what the speaker says.  Last June, the... [Read more...]

BOYCOTT OF SHOWTIME LAUNCHED

In the May 14 edition of Variety, the Catholic League ran a full-page ad requesting VIACOM chief Sumner Redstone to condemn the Catholic-bashing film, “Sister Mary Explains It All”; it is scheduled to air on Showtime on May 27.  We subsequently issued news releases objecting to the movie and to the anti-Catholic comments made by the film’s director,... [Read more...]

SHOWTIME JUSTIFIES CATHOLIC BASHING

Matt Blank, Showtime’s CEO, and Marshall Brickman, the director of the May 27 Showtime movie, “Sister Mary Explains It All,” have justified this anti-Catholic film by citing their Jewishness.  The Catholic League has a full-page ad in the current weekly edition of Variety asking the head of Showtime’s parent company, Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone,... [Read more...]

VARIETY AD MAKES APPEAL TO VIACOM’S SUMNER REDSTONE

The May 14 edition of the weekly Variety carries a full-page ad (p.13) by the Catholic League asking Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone to condemn an upcoming anti-Catholic movie on Showtime; Viacom owns Showtime.  On May 27, Showtime will air a film version of one of the most anti-Catholic plays ever written, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All... [Read more...]

ADL’S CRITICISM OF THE POPE’S “SILENCE” FAILS

In this Sunday’s New York Times, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will post an ad blaming Pope John Paul II for his “silence” in the face of anti-Jewish remarks recently made by Syrian leaders.  After quoting the two remarks, the ad says, “Pope John Paul II, we were greatly saddened by your silence.” Catholic League president William Donohue... [Read more...]

CHRISTIE’S AND CATTELAN SEEK ANOTHER “SENSATION”

On May 17, Christie’s will auction one of two versions of “The Ninth Hour” by Maurizio Cattelan.  The installation depicts Pope John Paul II being crushed by a meteorite while clutching his crozier.  The Cattelan sculpture has been the source of controversy when shown in parts of Europe.  This was especially true when it was featured in Poland... [Read more...]

HYPOCRISY MARKS THE FORT WAYNE JOURNAL-GAZETTE

On May 2, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette ran an editorial on the decision of Indiana University-Purdue University (IPFW) to host the play “Corpus Christi” later this summer.  It vigorously supported the position of the school’s chancellor, Michael Wartell, to defend the play as a matter of academic freedom.  The editorial also chastised six... [Read more...]

INDIANA UNIVERSITY-PURDUE UNIVERSITY FORT WAYNE HOSTS ANTI-CHRISTIAN PLAY, “CORPUS CHRISTI”

The Terrence McNally play about Jesus having sex with the twelve apostles will be performed this summer at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).  Six state senators from Indiana have raised serious questions regarding the propriety of a state-assisted university hosting an anti-Christian play. Catholic League president, William Donohue,... [Read more...]