ANOTHER IRREVERENT CARTOON

Catalyst April Issue 2000

For sheer coarseness, it would be hard for any cartoon to top TV’s “South Park.” That is why we don’t think that the new NBC cartoon, “God, the Devil and Bob” will reach that level. But it certainly doesn’t promise to be the cartoon analogue of “Touched by an Angel,” either. Before the show debuted on March... [Read more...]

FODOR’S RECONSIDERS

Catalyst April Issue 2000

In the last edition of Catalyst, we published a story on the Catholic bashing that appears in Fodor’s Exploring Italy book. We have since heard from the publisher, Bonnie Ammer. She agreed that “some of the material in these passages is inappropriate,” and pledged that “all the inappropriate references will be removed at the earliest... [Read more...]

SUSTAINABLE CHARGE OR CALUMNY?

Catalyst April Issue 2000

There is much to admire about Dr. David Bennett. As superintendent of schools in Sarasota County, Florida, he is an outspoken proponent of school choice who wants the Sarasota school district to be one of the first charter districts in the state, indeed in the nation. But in the course of a recent interview he gave in Sarasota magazine, he attributed... [Read more...]

KEEPING THEM HONEST

Catalyst April Issue 2000

There is a book called “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” that contains some offensive references to Catholicism that is cause for concern. The cover of the novel looks like a comic book with all the trappings of Mad magazine. We wouldn’t bother mentioning this except that actress Jodie Foster is producing a movie based on the book... [Read more...]

DONOHUE ROASTED IN ESQUIRE

Catalyst April Issue 2000

On the last page of the March edition of Esquire magazine, Larry Doyle roasted Bill Donohue in his piece, “An Open Letter to All Academy Members, Creative Artists, and Anyone Else Who Still Believes in Freedom of Expression.” Doyle took some literary liberties by charging that Donohue was vehemently complaining about a new movie, “christblood.”... [Read more...]

BOB JONES JUST CAN’T GIVE IT UP

Catalyst April Issue 2000

On March 14, it was reported that Bob Jones University had dropped from its website the charge that Catholicism is a cult. The next day president Bob Jones III explained it was “totally misleading” to conclude that this was done “for suspect reasons or because of embarrassment or cowardice.” He added that “In order to leave... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE

Catalyst April Issue 2000

“Anti-Catholicism arrived in America with the Pilgrims in 1620. While it is a prejudice that has existed in every decade of the American experience, anti-Catholicism is in many ways stronger now than it has ever been. It is a powerful force in art, business, academics, entertainment, politics, commentary and news reporting. It is not only America’s... [Read more...]

BUT BETTER NEVER LATE

Catalyst April Issue 2000

In the pages of the New York Times magazine (March 12), Andrew Sullivan made a fine contribution discussing the current wave of anti-Catholicism. But he was wrong to say that the Catholic League “essentially” gave George W. Bush “a pass” for his Bob Jones University visit. In fact, we lambasted the Texas governor several times... [Read more...]

BIGOTED RHETORIC TARS “ABORTION PROVIDER DAY”

On March 10, pro-abortion groups around the country celebrated a “National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.” The day was organized by a radical group called Refuse and Resist! In its website, the organizing group speaks of a “Christian fascist, fundamentalist morality” that has allegedly overtaken the country. It also... [Read more...]

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