CHRISTMAS COPS ON THE BEAT; BIZARRE TACTICS USED

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010, Front Page

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...]

TRILOGY SERIES NIXED

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010, Front Page

We previously reported in Catalyst that New Line Cinema has not shown much interest in making any more movie versions of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy; his first book in the series, The Golden Compass, hit the big screen in 2007, and was the subject of a vigorous Catholic League protest. At the end of 2009, our dream came true: there... [Read more...]

ABORTION NEWS IS MORE GOOD THAN BAD

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010, From The President's Desk

As we mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, there is good news and bad news on abortion. The good news is that more Americans identify with the pro-life message than ever before; the bad news is that their president and his administration do not. First the bad news. Barack Obama is not only the most radical champion of abortion rights this nation has... [Read more...]

PETA BARES CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010

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...]

CATHOLIC REPORTER UNJUSTLY FIRED IN MAINE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010

We recently came to the defense of Larry Grard, a former newspaper reporter for Maine’s Morning Sentinel, because of his recent termination. For almost two decades, Grard worked at the Morning Sentinel and was fired because he e-mailed a letter (using his own personal e-mail account) to the head of an advocacy group, much to the disapproval of his... [Read more...]

RAUNCHY CHRISTMAS PLAYS ABOUND

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010

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...]

ATHEISTS LAUNCH GRINCH CAMPAIGNS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010

The Christmas season is a lonely time of year for those who believe in nothing. Most, however, manage to get by without having to lash out at believers. But not the Freedom from Religion Foundation. In 2008, this group took its campaign to Olympia, Washington, and this past year, the religion haters took their show on the road to Springfield, Illinois.... [Read more...]

YELLOW JOURNALISM: WASH POST / NYT

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010

On November 24, John Kelly of the Washington Post distorted what Bill Donohue said in 2008 about the American Humanist Association (AHA). On December 2, Ian Urbina of the New York Times compounded the problem by plagiarizing from Kelly. Kelly wrote a piece about the AHA’s new holiday ads promoting atheism. In referencing a previous ad campaign, he... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS CENSORS STRIKE AGAIN

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010

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

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010

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...]

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