CHRISTMAS FOES ADVANCE; OUR SIDE PUSHES BACK

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009, Front Page

Every December the Catholic League is embroiled in the never-ending war on Christmas, and this past Christmas season was no exception. However, there were two important differences: foes of Christmas changed strategies and our side fought back with vigor. The usual tactic employed by the enemies of Christmas has been to access the law: they prefer to... [Read more...]

PLAYBOY OFFENDS & LIES

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009, Front Page

The Mexican edition of the Christmas Playboy issue showed a nearly nude woman on the cover resembling the Virgin Mary. After a protest led by the Catholic League, the publisher of Playboy Mexico apologized. When asked for a comment by the media entertainment outlet, TMZ, Bill Donohue said: “Playboy’s juxtaposition of the sacred with the profane... [Read more...]

SOME REALLY LOVE ABORTION

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue The pro-life movement knows that 2009 will test its reserve more than ever before. It is an appropriate time, then, to consider what we’re up against. Most of those in favor of “choice” don’t have the courage to complete the sentence. The “choice” they support does not entail choosing between chocolate or strawberry, but... [Read more...]

DIVERSITY IS CODE FOR BIGOTRY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009

The following is a sample of how diversity was celebrated in December: · Elementary school students in Plainfield, Illinois decorated a “Holiday” tree that represented 18 countries · A “Holiday Revelry” was performed at the Framingham Civic League in Massachusetts; it was a “multicultural” event that included “PAC Sword Dancers” and... [Read more...]

ANTI-CHRISTMAS STRATEGIES EVOLVE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009

There was no anti-Christmas agenda until the 1980s, and at that time it was led by the ACLU. The strategy of choice was to ban the display of religious symbols, especially the crèche, on public property. This legal strategy, which worked relatively well, has been superseded by a cultural strategy. The goal now is to dilute the significance of Christmas... [Read more...]

HATE GROUP JOINS THE FRACAS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009

The Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based group, asked Washington Governor Chris Gregoire for permission to display an anti-Christmas sign next to the nativity scene in the Capitol building. The sign, “Santa Claus Will Take You to Hell,” would also appear next to an atheist sign sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The governor was... [Read more...]

ROOT CAUSE OF THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009

The root cause of the war on Christmas, which is conducted almost exclusively by well-educated white people in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia—the very same people who like gay marriage—has almost nothing to do with fidelity to law (the First Amendment in the U.S.): it has to do with ideology. The ideology is plainly an expression of left-wing... [Read more...]

NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009

Take note all ye cultural fascists out to annihilate Christmas: The Catholic League placed a nativity scene on public property in New York City, right in Central Park. We put it on the corner of 59th and 5th so that people taking the 5th Avenue bus downtown couldn’t avoid seeing it. Every year we get a permit from the New York City Parks Department... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS IN THE WORKPLACE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009

The anti-Christmas Czars were busy in the workplace again this past Christmas season. Here are a few examples: Cindy Wigglesworth, founder of Conscious Pursuits, said Christmas represents a “challenge” to employers. The “challenge” is how to have “an enthused workforce and be faith-friendly and faith-neutral and not violate any laws.” She... [Read more...]

PRO-ABORTION GROUPS ATTACK RELIGION

Catalyst January/February Issue 2009

More than 60 organizations issued a 55-page report advising the incoming Obama administration on the need to provide more money for abortion-related services. “Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration” calls for the most sweeping abortion-rights reforms ever envisioned. It not only wants more money to be spent, it recommends... [Read more...]

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