ELECTION TRIGGERS HYSTERIA: “THEOCRACY” FEARED

Catalyst December Issue 2004, Front Page

“Can you believe those Catholics telling people how to vote?” That’s exactly what a woman said to her friends as she exited the elevator at the end of the workday. It was Election Day. This anecdote wouldn’t amount to much if it were just that—an anecdote. But as pages 4-7 of this issue demonstrate, it reflected the sentiments of a large sector... [Read more...]

CENSORS TARGET CHRISTMAS

Catalyst December Issue 2004, Front Page

The attempt by radical secularists to censor Christmas started early this year. They not only want to bar nativity scenes on public property, they want to shut down Christmas celebrations in the workplace. On November 10, in a legal newspaper out of San Francisco, The Recorder, two lawyers advised those who work in human resources to protect their... [Read more...]

BAD YEAR FOR THE CULTURAL ELITES

Catalyst December Issue 2004, From The President's Desk

The year 2004 was a bad one for our cultural elites. They began the year by calling Christians who liked Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” anti-Semites, and they finished the year by calling Christians who favor the traditional understanding of marriage gay bashers. But they lost both battles: Mel’s movie was a monumental success, and... [Read more...]

THE BEST-SELLING BIGOTRY OF LEFT BEHIND

Catalyst December Issue 2004, Essay

By Carl E. Olson Two years ago I was engaged in an e-mail exchange with a Fundamentalist pastor, who wrote: But as an effort to still save your soul, if indeed my concerns for you are true, may I urge you to reexamine the Mariolatry of the Church you have bought into. I will not badger you with the unscriptural practice of making Mary “the mother... [Read more...]

ELITES IGNITE ANTI-CHRISTIAN HYSTERIA

Catalyst December Issue 2004

Catholic League president William Donohue says that an anti-Christian hysteria has gripped the nation’s cultural elites. Consider the following recently published comments: * Robert Wright, visiting professor at Princeton, says Bush’s “divine-feeling feelings” are part of today’s “problem, not the solution.” * A New York Times editorial... [Read more...]

ANTI-CHRISTIAN POSTER IN NYC POLLING PLACE

Catalyst December Issue 2004

The New York Post reported today that an anti-Christian poster was featured at a polling place in Manhattan’s SoHo district. The poster showed a soldier pointing a gun alongside the words, “Say it, one nation under God. Say it, you love Jesus. Say it.” The poster was on a wall in the Puffin Room art gallery on Broome Street; it was in clear... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS BIGOTS EXPLODE AFTER ELECTION

Catalyst December Issue 2004

Catholic League president William Donohue says the following examples, taken from today’s newspapers and Internet sites, prove we need to build more asylums: *In the Wichita Eagle, Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press wonders if President Bush understands that “he was not chosen god, bishop, rabbi or high priest?” *The publisher of Harper’s magazine,... [Read more...]

ELITES CONTINUE THEIR CRACKUP

Catalyst December Issue 2004

Last week Catholic League president William Donohue listed the anti-religious commentary that many cultural elites offered in the aftermath of the election. Here are some new ones: *In today’s New York Times, Gary Hart proclaims, “There is a disturbing tendency to insert theocratic principles into the vision of America’s role in the world.” *DeWayne... [Read more...]

REAL WICKEDNESS MARKED HALLOWEEN

Catalyst December Issue 2004

At least a dozen Internet sites sold highly offensive priest and nun costumes this past Halloween. Perhaps the worst was a man dressed as a priest shown with an erection, and a nun shown in full habit holding her pregnant stomach; they were sold together. The inscription on the ad for the priest costume said, “Keep Up The Faith”; the nun ad said,... [Read more...]

NUNS ANGER PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Catalyst December Issue 2004

On November 8, federal workers in 27 Illinois counties were empowered to select a Catholic-based insurance plan that does not cover abortion, contraceptives or fertility treatment. Run by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, OSF HealthPlans is being touted as an example of the faith-based initiatives favored by President Bush. Gloria Feldt,... [Read more...]

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