CHRISTMAS FOES CONFRONTED; STRUGGLE CONTINUES

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012, Front Page

For the past few years, it has become increasingly evident that the foes of Christmas are on the run. Not that the War on Christmas is over—it is not—but it is clear that our side is pushing back with vigor. When Wisconsin decided to revert back to calling the Christmas tree in the Capitol Rotunda a Christmas tree, no one complained. But when Rhode... [Read more...]

DISBAR THEM BOTH

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012, Front Page

In December, the Catholic League filed two complaints against two attorneys for their incredibly anti-Catholic remarks. While we’ve learned of anti-Catholic comments made in court before, never have we witnessed anything like this. On November 25, in a legal memorandum filed in the Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota, lawyer Rebekah Nett called U.S. Bankruptcy... [Read more...]

ABORTION TRUTHS NO ONE CAN DENY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012, From The President's Desk

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK  William Donohue It does not matter how strongly a person may champion abortion rights, there are some stubborn facts that cannot be denied. It is their side—the pro-abortion side—that must tippy toe through a linguistic minefield. Our side never has to be careful, and that’s because we don’t have to lie. If ever... [Read more...]

“ADOPT AN ATHEIST” CAMPAIGN BEGINS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012

Approximately 80 percent of Americans are Christian, and 96 percent celebrate Christmas. Of the 20 percent who are not Christian, non-believers make up the largest segment, though the number of self-identified atheists is tiny. David Silverman, president of American Atheists, knows this to be true, which is why he is frantically trying to inflate his... [Read more...]

“WAR ON CHRISTMAS” TACTICS VARY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012

“If we can’t censor, then compete.” That’s the preferred modus operandi of many atheists out to smash Christmas. Their first instinct is to ban nativity scenes wherever they can. If that doesn’t work, then they lay claim to the same spot, seeking to display their anti-Christmas message. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is the most... [Read more...]

“WAR ON CHRISTMAS” GETS CRAZY

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012

In December, North Korea put South Korea on notice, warning of “unexpected consequences” if Seoul displays Christmas lights near the border. Also in December, Chinese government officials and police smashed the sound equipment of Christians who were about to celebrate Christmas in a village outside Beijing. Our atheists share the same mindset, if... [Read more...]

“HOLIDAY TREES” ARE DIVISIVE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012

In Wisconsin, for the first time in years, they reverted back to calling the Capitol Rotunda Christmas tree a Christmas tree: it was called a Christmas tree for 70 years until it was renamed a Holiday tree in the mid-1980s. In Rhode Island, Governor Lincoln Chafee decided to continue the politics of intolerance by calling the Capitol Rotunda Christmas... [Read more...]

PRO-CHRISTMAS FOLKS PUSH BACK

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012

For the past few years, there have been two new developments in the War on Christmas: the good news is that more people are pushing back in villages and municipalities across the nation, demanding that Christmas celebrations proceed as planned; the bad news is that militant atheists are more aggressive than ever. Overall, however, there is evidence... [Read more...]

NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012

From December 16 to January 3, we erected a life-size nativity scene in Central Park, on the corner of 59th and 5th. Moreover, we did not surround it with secular symbols. Every year we get a permit from the New York City Parks Department to display our nativity scene. We choose Central Park because it is a public forum, a place where concerts, marathons... [Read more...]

BIGOTED LAWYERS MERIT SANCTIONS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2012

Lawyers who evince a deep-seated bigotry—against any segment of the population—have no business practicing law. In this regard, it would be hard to find two more unqualified attorneys than Rebekah Nett and Naomi Isaacson. Nett was counsel to Isaacson, herself an Orthodox Jewish attorney, in a Minnesota bankruptcy case (see page 1). She not only... [Read more...]

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