NY ABUSE BILL STALLS: PUBLIC SCHOOLS STILL VULNERABLE

The bill by New York State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey that would suspend the statute of limitations for one year for cases of child sexual abuse (victims must be 53 or younger) will not pass this year unless a special session is called and the bill is put to a vote. Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on the bill’s fate: Right now... [Read more...]

NYC TO OKAY MUSLIM HOLIDAYS IN SCHOOLS; CATHOLICS STONEWALLED

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the news that the Education Committee of the New York City Council has approved two new Muslim holidays, Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha, to be added to the school calendar: On January 14, I testified before this very same committee requesting equal rights for Catholics: Jewish and Islamic religious symbols... [Read more...]

COMMON GROUND ON ABORTION?

Catholic League president Bill Donohue speaks to the “On Common Ground” forum that RHRealityCheck.org has launched on abortion: The terms “dialogue” and “common ground” are innocuous enough, and may even convey something benign. But when selectively invoked by ideologues as a political vehicle, they are worse than vacuous—they are devious.... [Read more...]

ERIC HOLDER ON HATE CRIMES BILL: MASTER OF DEMAGOGUERY

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s remark that we need a new hate crimes bill because of the recent killings in Kansas and Washington, D.C.: Holder says, “We will not tolerate murder, or the threat of violence, masquerading as political activism.” It would be more accurate to say that the U.S.... [Read more...]

PBS RELIGION BAN CARRIES A STENCH

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has banned member stations from carrying new religious TV programs; the few existing ones can continue. Catholic League president Bill Donohue reacts to this news: The stated reason for censoring new religious programming goes like this: (a) a ban on sectarian programming has been in place since 1985 but was never... [Read more...]

FACTCHECK.ORG SKEWS HATE CRIMES BILL

Catholic League president Bill Donohue examines the contention of Factcheck.org that the Congressional hate crimes bill does not jeopardize religious speech and does not include pedophilia as a protected class: In 2007, when the hate crimes bill was being considered, Rep. Louis Gohmert asked Rep. Art Davis whether a minister who preached against sexual... [Read more...]

HOLOCAUST PARK SHUNS POLISH CATHOLICS

` New York City has authorized five new markers in Brooklyn’s Holocaust Memorial Park to represent five groups of non-Jews who died in the Holocaust. The new markers are being proposed to honor homosexuals, Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the disabled and political prisoners. The person behind this campaign is Rick Landman, co-chair of the International... [Read more...]

MARKEY’S BILL RESEMBLES CHOPPED MEAT

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the latest amendment to New York State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey’s bill dealing with the sexual abuse of minors: Just after Markey changed her bill to include public institutions, she chopped her bill up even further by now saying that anyone who wants to file a suit during the one year... [Read more...]

OKAY TO FUND CHURCHES OVERSEAS; NO MONEY FOR D.C. VOUCHERS

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on what happened yesterday at the first official meeting of President Obama’s Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (the information is taken from a report by the “On Faith” blog site of Newsweek/Washington Post): The only item of real interest to the Catholic League is the agency’s commitment... [Read more...]

PUBLIC SCHOOL ABUSE VICTIMS IN NY STATE: RELIEF IS ON THE WAY

Paul Vitello has a news story in today’s New York Times reporting on the decision by New York State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey to amend her bill on the sexual abuse of children. Her previous bill only covered private institutions like the Catholic Church, leaving in place protections afforded public institutions. This led many Catholics to oppose... [Read more...]

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