WHITE HOUSE AND LANDS’ END TRIGGER DISPUTES

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006, Front Page

On Friday, December 2, Bill Donohue received a Christmas card from the President and the First Lady (see below). He was pleased to get the card and was only slightly miffed to discover that it did not say “Merry Christmas.” But later in the day he found something out that made him perturbed. Alan Cooperman, the senior religion reporter for... [Read more...]

AIMING FOR ALITO

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006, Front Page

By all accounts, Samuel Alito is a brilliant, honorable man who is well qualified to be on the U.S. Supreme Court. But he has his enemies, almost all of whom are driven by ideology. There are some, too, who fear that if his nomination succeeds, the high court will be dominated by Catholics. Prominent among Alito’s critics is Americans United for... [Read more...]

SPINNING INTO DENIAL

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006, From The President's Desk

As one who debates for living, I find it increasingly difficult to find an honest adversary. It used to be that I was able to engage my opponent in a verbal duel where facts and logic determined the outcome, but this seldom happens anymore. That’s because so many debaters really don’t want to debate the issue at hand: they prefer to spin... [Read more...]

A PRO-LIFE PUBLIC

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006, Essay

Kate O’Beirne For over thirty years, the plain words of Roe and Doe have been distorted by the media. On the 30th anniversary of the decisions, media polls reflected the ongoing disinformation campaign. CNN asked, “Do you favor the Supreme Court ruling that women have the right to an abortion during the first three months of their pregnancy?” The... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS, LET IT BE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006, Essay

Jackie Mason and Raoul Felder Editor’s note: Jackie Mason, the comedian, and Raoul Felder, the noted New York attorney, had the courage to directly confront those who have joined the culture war against Christmas. They are both founding members of Don Feder’s group, Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation (JAACD). Having people of this quality in... [Read more...]

THERE ARE NO CHRISTMAS WARS?

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006

The next time someone tells you that the war on Christmas is exaggerated, have them read the following. All of these events/remarks were made at Christmastime 2005: The Palm Beach Post said that in South Florida malls, “There are dangling ornaments, Christmas trees, but no crosses or angels, certainly no Mother Mary cradling her newborn son”... [Read more...]

SOUNDBITES

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006

Kiera McCaffrey, as quoted in The Detroit News: “It seems, in the past few years, people have noticed how much Christmas has become so secular and they’re reacting to that, and we’re seeing more and more people making a point to ask that stores mention Christmas.”  Read More →

CHRISTMAS VANDALS GO BERSERK

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006

Vandals destroyed everything from nativity scenes to secular Christmas displays, and they did so from coast to coast. The following places were hit by vandals at Christmastime in 2005: Birmingham, AL; Homewood, AL; Montgomery, AL; Bella Vista, AR; Van Buren, AR; Eureka Springs, AR; Little Rock, AR; Covina, CA; Fremont, CA; Newport Beach, CA; Fresno,... [Read more...]

VILE “SOUTH PARK” EPISODE PULLED

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006

Editor’s note: the following story contains graphic material of an offensive nature. As 2005 came to a close, the Catholic League scored another major victory: we got Comedy Central to pull a scheduled rerun of a vile episode of “South Park.” News stories trumpeting our victory were printed on December 30. Here’s how the story... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS CENSORS BAN 4TH OF JULY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2006

To show how fair she is, Patricia Sonntag, director of the office of Services to Students with Disabilities at California State University, Sacramento, banned 4th of July celebrations, along with Christmas, from her office. Here is what her directive said: “With the new year, we will now celebrate the seasons and holiday without decorations in... [Read more...]

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