January/February Issue 2013

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PROTEST WORKS FOR SENIORS; CHRISTMAS FOES RETREAT

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Newsweek recently did an article on the annual Christmas controversies that included comments by Bill Donohue. It maintained that “The War on Christmas Is Over” and “Christmas Won.” We are happy to report our role in achieving a victory in California this past Christmas season. On December 6, we learned that a Christmas tree was removed [...]

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HHS SHOWDOWN

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

This is the year that the final showdown will take place between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Catholic institutions. As 2012 came to a close, the judiciary was still sending mixed messages. At the end of November, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Fourth Circuit of Appeals to rule on the religious-liberty [...]

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INTERPRETING ABORTION DATA

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

From The President's Desk William A. Donohue The most controversial social issues of our day, namely abortion and gay marriage, are overwhelmingly funded and researched by those who are advocates for these causes. Similarly, those who report on these subjects, as well as those who teach about them in the classroom, are also mostly partisans for [...]

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CHRISTMAS TREE RETURNED

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

A few weeks before Christmas, residents at a Newhall, California senior citizens’ apartment complex were told to remove their Christmas tree. The company in charge of the complex, JB Partners Group Inc., told staff at The Willows residence that the Christmas tree was a religious symbol and must be taken down. Because this is a private [...]

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ATHEISTS EXPLOIT JESUS CRUCIFIED

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The celebration of Hanukkah began on December 8, but fortunately for Jews they were not attacked by David Silverman. No, like other haters in the atheist community, the president of American Atheists saved his vitriol for Christians. Silverman’s latest assault was a huge billboard in New York’s Times Square erected only three days after the start [...]

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CRÈCHES BANNED BUT NOT PUBLIC NUDITY?

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

For most of American history, manger scenes adorned public property at Christmastime without controversy. It was also normal to ban public nudity. But times have changed: the authorities in Santa Monica and San Francisco recently ruled on these issues. In 2011 an atheist in Santa Monica succeeded in getting his anti-Christmas message shown alongside a nativity [...]

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“ANGRY ATHEISTS” WAR ON CHRISTMAS

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

One of the most famous atheists in American history, Paul Kurtz, died late last year at age 86. While not religion-friendly, he was by no means a hater. Indeed, he hated what he called “angry atheists,” the kind we see with increasing frequency these days. It is hardly a stretch to say that today’s breed of [...]

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ATHEISTS ORGANIZE TO TARGET CHRISTMAS

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Every year, the Catholic League comes across stories of atheist groups and their attempts to neuter or eliminate Christmas. The following is a partial list of campaigns orchestrated by such organizations during Christmas 2012. In Niles, Illinois, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) placed a Winter Solstice sign in the Village of Niles Plaza to protest [...]

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DENYING THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

An editorial in the Duluth News Tribune recently questioned, “There’s Still a ‘War on Christmas’?” Atheist Jeff Sorensen flatly said on Huffington Post that “There is no war on Christmas.” Statesman Journal columnist Dick Hughes wrote a piece about the “phony and irrelevant War on Christmas.” MSNBC madman Lawrence O’Donnell said the War on Christmas has [...]

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IGNORING CHRISTMAS

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The War on Christmas typically involves attempts by militant atheists and multicultural fanatics to kill Christmas. But a much softer, and less obvious, way of neutering Christmas is to simply ignore it. Take, for example, the way the leading divinity schools addressed Christmas. On Harvard Divinity School’s website there were pictures and a list of events, [...]

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