State may provide services for handicapped parochial students

The Supreme Court divided 5-4 in deciding the First Amendment’s establishment clause does not bar a school district from providing a sign language interpreter to a profoundly deaf high school student at the Catholic high school he attends. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, joined by Justices Byron White, Antonio Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence... [Read more...]

Churches may use public facilities granted to others

Public school systems that allow their schools to be used after hours by community groups cannot refuse to extend the same privilege to religious groups, the Supreme Court has ruled. In an opinion written by Justice Byron White, the Court reaffirmed the principle that “the First Amendment forbids the government to regulate speech in ways that... [Read more...]

Laws may not target religious practices

The Supreme Court has ruled that ordinances enacted by a Florida city banning ritual animal sacrifice violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. In Lukumi v. City of Hialeah, the Court decided that the ordinances passed by the City Council of Hialeah, Florida infringe on the religious freedom rights of the adherents of... [Read more...]

“Family Values, ”Moral Values”

by Kenneth D. Whitehead What about the real situation of family values or moral values in America today? Is there any kind of social or moral crisis or anything resembling one out there? The truth of the matter is that quite an impressive amount of data has now been accumulated, and quite a number of studies have now been completed, which more than... [Read more...]

League confronts Massachusetts governor on appointment of anti-Catholic gay activist

The Catholic League has asked Massachusetts Governor William Weld to dismiss David LaFontaine, head of the Governor’s Gay and Lesbian Youth Commission. According to League officials, LaFontaine participated in the ACT-UP hate rally at Holy Cross Cathedral in June 1990 at which newly ordained priests and their families were subjected to obscenities... [Read more...]

Media tidbits…

This will no doubt come as a shock to most of you, but Gov. William Weld has just given a job to a guy who has committed hate crimes in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. – Op-Ed piece by Jim Edwards, The Enterprise Everyone who witnessed the mocking antics or listened to the shrill ob-cenities of ACT-UP at Holy Cross Cathedral three years ago... [Read more...]

New League president interviewed by National Catholic Register

In his first interview since being named president of the Catholic League, Dr. William A. Donohue reiterated his dream of making the League “as successful countering bigotry against Catholics as the Anti-Defamation League of B’Nai B’rith has been in fighting discrimination against Jews.” Donohue was interviewed at his Pittsburgh... [Read more...]

Television group president apologizes after reporters hire male prostitute to lure priest

League uncovers prior contact and blackmail attempt In what must surely rank as a new low-point in television-journalism ethics, news personnel from KMOV-TV, a Viacom owned CBS affiliate station in St. Louis, hired a male prostitute and set him up in a St. Louis hotel and proceeded to tape an encounter with a priest from the neighboring diocese of Belleville,... [Read more...]

Philly mayor gives up on domestic partners bill

Philadelphia mayor Edward G. Rendell has conceded defeat in his attempt to pass a”domestic partners” bill in Philadelphia. The strong opposition of religious leaders and organizations like the Catholic League was credited with bringing the proposal down. The Christian Action Council, the Philadelphia Black Clergy Council, and the Muslim... [Read more...]

R.I.P. Seven Frozen Embryos

Those seven frozen embryos that were at the heart of a bitter divorce custody battle in Tennessee a few years back were recently destroyed by court order.  Read More →

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