SUNDANCE FESTIVAL IS VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD

Here’s what Catholic League president Bill Donohue had to say today about the Sundance Film Festival: “Now that officials of the Sundance Film Festival, and those associated with the movie ‘Hounddog,’ have been blasted for exploiting 12-year-old Dakota Fanning, they have tried to blunt the attacks by saying that the film contains a ‘carefully... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC BASHERS CELEBRATE ABORTION; RHODE ISLAND POL HOSTS PARTY

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on an event that is sure to rile most Catholics: “Roger Limoges, who works for the notoriously anti-Catholic front group Catholics for a Free Choice, will be speaking this evening at Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, Rhode Island. The event is billed as a party that ‘welcomes Catholics to a free... [Read more...]

FEDERAL PROBE OF CHILD RAPE FILM NEEDED

Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why he wants a federal investigation of the upcoming movie, “Hounddog,” to see if federal child pornography laws were violated during the shootings: “The Sundance Film Festival opens today, and on January 22 a film starring 12-year-old actress Dakota Fanning will debut. The movie, ‘Hounddog,’... [Read more...]

NEBRASKA BILL WOULD CURTAIL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Last week, Nebraska State Senator Lowen Kruse introduced a bill (LB 261) to the state’s unicameral legislature that seeks to curb underage drinking by striking from current law provisions that allow minors to consume alcohol in their own homes or at places of worship during religious rites.  In response to protests from religious leaders of various... [Read more...]

DEMOCRATS HAVEN’T CHANGED ON LIFE ISSUES

“The Democratic-controlled House Thursday passed a bill bolstering embryonic stem cell research that advocates say shows promise for numerous medical cures,” says a story by the Associated Press. Here’s the position of the Catholic League as expressed by president Bill Donohue: “In 1993, within 48 hours of being sworn in as president of the... [Read more...]

JUDGE OKAYS SUIT AGAINST VATICAN

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today about a judge who allowed a lawsuit against the Vatican to move forward: “The same judge, John G. Heyburn II, who ruled on October 7, 2005 that the Holy See is a foreign state that enjoys certain immunities now says that the same lawsuit can go forward. That’s because a few technicalities that... [Read more...]

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER IS MORE THAN ANTI-SEMITIC

In the January edition of Esquire, there is a comment by James D. Watson justifying anti-Semitism. Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of DNA, offers as one of his musings a rhetorical question: “Should you be allowed to make an anti-Semitic remark?” To which he says, “Yes, because some anti-Semitism is justified.” Catholic... [Read more...]

HATE CRIME BIAS

Yesterday, the New York Times ran a story about two 20-year-olds, and an 18-year-old, who were arrested for stealing statues of baby Jesus from nativity scenes over the past two years. They hit the New York-suburban communities of Suffern and Haverstraw several times in 2005 and 2006. The police said they will not charge them with committing hate... [Read more...]

VIRGIN MARY ART IMPOSES JOLIE

Artist Kate Kretz is selling one of her paintings, “Blessed Art Thou,” that shows actress Angelina Jolie as the Virgin Mary standing in the clouds holding a baby; two children are shown on either side of her grasping her gown. Below this portrayal is a check-out counter at Wal-Mart. Kretz said her work addresses celebrity worship. She chose Jolie... [Read more...]

FROM THEFT TO RAPE—ABUSE CONTINUES

In 2005, there was a 19 percent increase in complaints of misconduct over 2004, and a 43 percent increase in substantiated cases. Things got worse in 2006: there was a 38 percent increase in complaints of wrongdoing over 2005, and a 68 percent jump in substantiated claims. In both 2005 and 2006, approximately a third of these cases involved the sexual... [Read more...]

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