January/February Issue 2005

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CHRISTMAS WARS ESCALATE: CHRISTIANS FIGHT BACK

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Front Page|Tags: |

Never before have more Christians fought back in an effort to reclaim Christmas. For example, in 2003, a Glenview, Illinois firehouse was told it could not display Christmas decorations. In 2004, they won approval. In 2003, an 8-year-old boy from Plano, Texas was forbidden from giving his friends candy canes in school. In 2004, he was [...]

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SNUBBING MEL

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Front Page|Tags: |

t will be a miracle of sorts if Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" gets an Oscar. The Passion was one of 49 films deemed eligible for a foreign-language Golden Globe, but it came up short in December: it was not among the nominees voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Here is what [...]

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JEWS AND HOLLYWOOD

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue Ever since Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and I squared off against each other on the December 8 edition of MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," there has been considerable chatter over my comment, "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular." Context is always important, so let's take a look [...]

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HATING CHRISTMAS IS NOW CHIC

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on some disturbing responses to Christmas: “In San Francisco, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a band of characters theLos Angeles Times affectionately calls a group of ‘queer nuns,’ has been bashing Christmas all month. In Minneapolis, gay-themed Christmas bashing has been happening at the Hennepin Center for the Arts and [...]

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NOT ALL HOLIDAY CARDS ARE CREATED EQUAL

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

The following is a comparative analysis of current holiday greeting cards: Hallmark Of the 104 Christmas cards, nine are religious; one mentions Jesus and none features a nativity scene. In its “Humor” category, three have mild scatological references and one has sexual overtones. Of the 5 Hanukkah cards, four feature menorahs; even the one “Humor” card [...]

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RASH OF VANDALIZED NATIVITY SCENES

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Catholic League president William Donohue today discussed the latest wave of vandalized nativity scenes: “On December 10, we issued a news release documenting 16 instances of nativity scenes that were vandalized nation wide. Since then, there have been 24 more reported incidents that have come to our attention. Here is where they occurred: Grand Rapids, Michigan; [...]

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NATIVITY SCENES VANDALIZED NATIONWIDE

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Below is a list of vandalized nativity scenes this Christmas season: Vandals damaged a life-size nativity scene in Merced, California. Baby Jesus was stolen from a McKinney, Texas family’s yard. Over a dozen statues were stolen from a nativity scene in Pasco County, Florida, and three of the inflatable snowmen were slashed. A nativity scene was [...]

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LET’S HAVE A PARTY—BUT NOT A CHRISTMAS ONE

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Catholic League president William Donohue today addressed what’s been happening to Christmas parties in the workplace: “For decades, employees at Time magazine had a Christmas party and looked forward to receiving a Christmas bonus. But starting three years ago, the party was banned and so were the Christmas bonuses. This is not to say that bonuses are no [...]

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CENSORING CHRISTMAS IN THE WORKPLACE

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on attempts to censor Christmas in the workplace: “The University of Alabama’s Office of Cultural Diversity recommends that all nativity scenes should be banned because they are ‘religion-centered.’ The menorah, which is a Jewish religious symbol, is ‘fine’ because it is really a ‘secular’ symbol. Employees are also instructed [...]

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THE POLITICS OF INCLUSION AT CHRISTMASTIME

By | January 13th, 2005|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Catholic League president William Donohue spoke out today about the politics of inclusion at Christmastime: “Students at Spring Grove Elementary School in McHenry County, Illinois recently managed to sing holiday songs without ever mentioning Christ or the Christmas story. In another Illinois community, students in the Woodland District schools were forbidden from singing ‘Jingle Bells,’ never [...]

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