SAYING “MERRY CHRISTMAS” MADE SAFE IN SEATTLE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002, Front Page

Thanks to the Catholic League, employees in King County, Washington, were allowed to say “Merry Christmas” this year. But if the Seattle-area county executive Ron Sims had his way, the ban he instituted would still be in place. Sims, who is a Baptist minister, issued a memo on November 14 mandating that King County employees use “religion-neutral”... [Read more...]

eBAY PULLS TWO ITEMS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002, Front Page

Within five days, eBay, the online auction house, withdrew two blasphemous and obscene items from its website following a complaint by the Catholic League. The first item was called the “Weird Tattooed Jesus Statue!” It depicted Jesus with three eyes, vampire teeth and a dagger on his chest. The base was covered with roses and green painted... [Read more...]

ANTI-CATHOLICISM ON THE SLY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue The in-your-face type of anti-Catholicism is, by definition, easy to spot. Not so that which surfaces on the sly. Take, for example, some recent items that were brought to my attention. · An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions that a new club, the Chapel of Blues Club, was formerly a Catholic Church. The author then proceeds... [Read more...]

WEST PALM BEACH VA MEDICAL CENTER SHOWS BIAS AGAINST CHRISTIANS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002

On December 7, menorahs were removed from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach. On December 10, they were restored. The initial complaints were made by those who contended that the menorah is a religious symbol and should therefore not be displayed on government property. The second round of complaints came from the Jewish War Veterans.... [Read more...]

ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE BANS SANTA CLAUS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002

The Catholic League triggered a media frenzy in Arizona that embarrassed its Attorney General for supporting a ban on Santa Claus in public areas of her office. It began when Gale Garriott, chief counsel of the Agency Counsel Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s office, issued a memo banning the display of Santa Claus from areas open to the... [Read more...]

COURAGE REBOUNDS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002

Father John Harvey heads a wonderful outreach program to homosexual Catholics who want to remain faithful to the Church’s teachings on sexuality. It is called Courage. Father Harvey is testimony to the fact that the Catholic Church turns its back on no one. Unfortunately, the registry company that handled Courage’s initial website did not notify... [Read more...]

NYC PRINCIPAL FORCED TO REVERSE DISCRIMINATORY MEMO

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002

A New York City principal, Dr. Fran Levy, came under fire from the Catholic League when she discriminated against Christians. By putting the media spotlight on Levy, principal of PS 22 (The Thomas Jefferson Magnet School of Humanities in Flushing), we were able to force her to reverse her decision that allowed teachers to bring Jewish and Muslim religious... [Read more...]

NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM DISCRIMINATES AGAINST CHRISTIANS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002

In December, the Catholic League charged the New York City school system with discrimination against Christians. It plans to sue New York once a family with children in the New York City public schools agrees to be party to the suit; this is a requirement for the league to achieve standing. Working cooperatively with the Catholic League in this effort... [Read more...]

CATHOLICISM TRASHED BY GREETING CARD COMPANY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002

Every December we uncover greeting cards that obscenely portray Christmas. In this regard, NobleWorks, a greeting card company from Hoboken, New Jersey, is arguably the worst offender. NobleWorks has two categories of greeting cards: “nice” and “Extra” (which they call “naughty”). There are no cards in the latter... [Read more...]

MAKERS OF HOLIDAY GREETING CARDS DUMB DOWN CHRISTMAS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2002

Makers of holiday greeting cards show great unevenness in their handling of Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays. Here is what our review of the greeting cards available on the home page of Yahoo! revealed: There are over 350 Christmas cards yet only 25 have a religious content. There are at least 8 objectionable cards in the “Humorous”... [Read more...]

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