April Issue 1997

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A MINI “CHARIOTS OF FIRE” STRIKES THE U.S.

By | April 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The national Junior Olympics qualifying competition scheduled volleyball games on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, with no time allotted for attending religious services. The alleged reason for this scheduling was to "unify the nation" by having every part of the country participate in the trials over the same weekend. The league learned of this move about [...]

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DAVID BOWIE MOCKS CHRIST

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The rock star, David Bowie, is featured in a promotional for his latest work standing with his arms outstretched, palms up, staring upwards with a halo of lights surrounding him. Obviously posing as Christ, the singer's ad appeared in Pulse, a magazine for young people published by Tower Records. If this is supposed to be cute, it [...]

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CATHOLIC-BASHING PLAY TO HIT HAWAII

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"Tony and Tina's Wedding," a play that takes pot shots at Catholics, is about to run in Hawaii. The play, which hit Off-Broadway in 1988, is a stage show about an Italian American wedding that features a pregnant bride on drugs and foul language. The wedding ceremony is a mock rendition that includes a crude characterization [...]

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BEWARE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATORS

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In the February edition of educational journal, Phi Delta Kappan, there appeared an article by author Alfie Kohn entitled, "How Not to Teach Values: A Critical Look at Character Education." Kohn argues that it is not a change in the character of students that should be sought, but a change in "educational structures," the result of [...]

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ALBERT SHANKER SHOWS BIAS

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Just a few weeks before he died, Albert Shanker, the long-time head of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), impugned the good will of Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews by making a derogatory statement about both groups. In speaking about his decision to rethink the right of communist teachers to be in the classroom (he was [...]

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JAY LENO GRANTS APOLOGY

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On February 7, Tonight Show host Jay Leno once again offended Catholics, this time by commenting that there is a Catholic church that features "all you can eat Communion." The day before, Leno referred to a Catholic school as "Our Lady of the Evening." After the league verified the comment about Communion, a letter was sent to the [...]

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FLORIDA PROFESSOR APOLOGIZES

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A professor in the Continuing Education department at the University of Central Florida has been using e-mail to send anti-Catholic "humorous" statements to her students, as well as to others. When this was brought to the attention of her superiors, the league was extended an apology. The league was upset with such comments as: a) "When [...]

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HMO AD WITHDRAWN

By | April 5th, 1997|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

It wasn't the worst ad we've seen, but it wasn't acceptable, either. "Why was Jesus born in a manger?", the ad questioned, to which the reply came, "Because Mary and Joseph belonged to an HMO!" This ad was placed, without authorization, in the New Jersey editions of the New York Times. The newspaper wasn't happy with [...]

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LeVar BURTON APOLOGIZES

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LeVar Burton, of Roots fame, made a devilish remark about the Catholic Church on the TV show, "Politically Incorrect." On the February 10 episode of the talk show, Burton delighted the live audience when he quipped, "I can say with conviction that the Roman Catholic Church is evil." After Burton made this remark, the show's host, [...]

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ANOTHER ANTI-CATHOLIC PLAY

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Continuing the trend of playwrights who delight in bashing the Catholic Church, Colleen Werthmann has made her contribution in Catholic School Girls Rule. The play, which was performed in a public school in New York's Greenwich Village, is described as "excavating the bonny surface of parochial life." "Is there any better preparation for catharsis," says the promo [...]

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