“THE BORGIAS”

Catalyst April Issue 2011

Showtime, the pay-per-view sister station of CBS, has decided to gift Christians this Easter season by running a series on “The Borgias”; Bravo will pick it up shortly after it premiers on Showtime. Rodrigo Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI, was an extortionist who led a life of debauchery, fathering four illegitimate children. That he was a... [Read more...]

ABUSE PROBE NEEDED NATIONWIDE

Catalyst April Issue 2011

On March 13, the New York Times ran a lengthy front-page story, “At State-Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity,” that showed how common it is for state employees servicing the developmentally disabled to abuse residents. Because they are protected by the Civil Service Employees Association, it is almost impossible to fire them. Though it is against the... [Read more...]

BIAS MARKS PHILLY COVERAGE

Catalyst April Issue 2011

In February, a Philadelphia grand jury released a report going after the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for sheltering priests accused of sexual abuse. This report followed a grand jury investigation in 2005 which also went after the archdiocese, but came up empty. No other institution was targeted by either grand jury; they simply were focused on the... [Read more...]

SILENCING CONSERVATIVE VOICES

Catalyst April Issue 2011

We recently learned that 74 Democrats asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself if the health care bill comes before the high court. The reason? His wife supports the Tea Party and it is against the health care law. In February, disciplinary hearings began against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. The reason? He should... [Read more...]

LIBERAL RELIGIONS IN FREE FALL

Catalyst April Issue 2011

Following the recent publishing of the findings of the 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, we commented on them. Beginning with the work of Dean Kelly in the 1970s, it has been empirically obvious that those religions which have experienced the greatest proportionate decline in membership are generally the most progressive or liberal... [Read more...]

INVESTIGATE ESQUIRE

Catalyst April Issue 2011

The front page of Esquire magazine’s website recently featured an article by its executive editor, Mark Warren, “Investigate the Vatican,” giving new meaning to the word “rant.” He began by applauding the New Yorker for its critical piece on Scientology, but asked, “Wouldn’t the resources and time of journalists be better directed at the... [Read more...]

FASCIST ATTACK ON PRO-LIFE BILLBOARD

Catalyst April Issue 2011

In February, a pro-life group, Life Always, displayed a huge billboard [see below] in the SoHo section of New York City that shows a picture of a young black girl with the inscription, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” The billboard, which created a firestorm in the city, was eventually taken down by the billboard... [Read more...]

ABORTION INDUSTRY CRACK-UP

Catalyst April Issue 2011

The abortion industry is cracking up and is scared to death over the public backlash at Planned Parenthood, and a host of proposed bills at the state and federal level assuring civil rights for the unborn. Consider their incendiary language. Pro-abort enthusiast Amanda Marcotte said pro-lifers want to force women back to the “sadistic punishments”... [Read more...]

OBAMA REFUSES TO DEFEND MARRIAGE

Catalyst April Issue 2011

President Barack Obama’s administration recently decided that it would not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, but this was nothing new to us. 15 years ago, while running for the Illinois state Senate, Barack Obama said, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” But... [Read more...]

ACLU DEFENSE OF MUSLIMS IS POLITICAL

Catalyst April Issue 2011

The ACLU of Southern California and the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently sued the FBI for violating the rights of Muslims by sending an informant to spy on them in a California mosque. The FBI was investigating possible terrorist threats, but the lawsuit claims it was guilty of “indiscriminate surveillance.” The... [Read more...]

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