CRÈCHES ADORN PUBLIC SQUARE; POST OFFICE BALKS

A front page story in USA TODAY got it right when it exclaimed, “From Lawrenceville, Ga., to New York City’s Central Park, religious displays are going up on public property as never before.” The reference to Central Park was the Catholic League’s nativity scene, placed in full public view across the street from the Plaza Hotel.... [Read more...]

EUGENE, OREGON CASE MOVES FORWARD

An anti-Catholic exhibition that was rewarded by the government of Eugene, Oregon last fall has now attracted nationwide attention. The Catholic League has taken its case to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. It was on September 16, 1995 that a group called the “Rickies” staged an anti-Catholic march during the annual Eugene Celebration Parade.... [Read more...]

THE MAKING OF A PRO-LIFE CONSCIENCE

When Nelli Gray asked me to be a speaker at the 1996 March for Life convention, I was delighted to accept. Nelli has been out in front of the abortion issue for years and has done as much as anyone in the country to keep this issue before the public. Reflecting on what I would say, I kept coming back to the time when I first gave serious thought to... [Read more...]

THE LIFELINE FIASCO

Many Catholic League members have called the national headquarters asking for more information regarding our decision to break with LifeLine, the long distance carrier of AmeriVision. What follows should answer any questions left outstanding. But just to set the record straight, please understand that there is another organization that has unfortunately... [Read more...]

HARD ROCK HOTEL PULLS ALTAR

After responding to pressure brought by the Catholic League, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino of Las Vegas, Nevada withdrew an offensive altar from its bar. The league mounted a protest of the misuse of a Catholic altar by taking out a half-page ad in the pages of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The altar was removed on November 27, three days ahead of... [Read more...]

LEAGUE MEMBERS GET TOM SNYDER’S GOAT

After reading the November Catalyst, Catholic League members let Tom Snyder know exactly how they felt about his little Catholic bashing exchange with Cyndi Lauper. Snyder was so incensed about the criticism we dealt him (in his September 12 show, he baited Lauper as she made disparaging remarks about Catholicism) that he called the Catholic League... [Read more...]

ANTI-POPE AD WITHDRAWN AFTER LEAGUE PROTEST

In early December, AmFAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, released several new ads, one of which read, “IF THE POPE HAD AIDS, HE’D NEED MORE THAN JUST YOUR PRAYERS.” The ad was scheduled for display on the sides of city buses and other public places in the New York metropolitan area before possibly going nationwide. The... [Read more...]

GENE BURNS RAILS AGAINST CATHOLICISM

Radio talk show host Gene Burns is no stranger to the Catholic League as we have had many opportunities to listen to his bigoted attacks against the Catholic Church. On November 10 he was at it again, this time acting as guest host for Ron Owens on KGO San Francisco. On the program, Burns repeatedly attacked the Catholic Church for its “perverted... [Read more...]

PBS: MODEL OF BIAS

PBS has a long track record of biased reporting, so there is no news in reporting that in a show on homosexuality and the Catholic Church, the Church came off badly. “In the Life–Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which was broadcast in New York on December 20, concentrated on the struggle that gays and lesbians face on Catholic campuses.... [Read more...]

HUGH DOWNS FUMBLES

Hugh Downs should stick to things he does well, like running silly game shows and acting like Howdy Doody on 20-20. However, Hugh wants the public to become acquainted with his intellect, which is unfortunate given what we know about it. On December 17, Hugh treated his radio audience to a long-winded sermon on what is wrong with the Catholic Church’s... [Read more...]

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