LIPTON AD WITHDRAWN AFTER PROTEST

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001, Front Page

On June 15, the Catholic League protested an ad placed by Lipton, demanding that it be withdrawn. Just a few hours later, it was. Patrick Scully, the league’s director of communications, explained the league’s position to Steven Milton, the public relations director of Unilever; Unilever is the parent company of Lipton. The ad, which was published... [Read more...]

SDA WINS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001, Front Page

Readers of Catalyst know that we have been protesting every newspaper ad placed by the Eternal Gospel Church. The ads refer to the Catholic Church as the “Whore of Babylon” and feed every paranoid belief about the Church taking over the world. Unfortunately, those responsible for the ads claim to be part of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA)... [Read more...]

IS BUSH CATHOLIC?

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue In 1998, African American author Toni Morrison stunned a lot of people when she declared that Bill Clinton was “our first black president.” What she meant was that many African Americans saw in President Clinton characteristics that were generally associated with being black. Though it is too early to say, there is enough... [Read more...]

THE BATTLE OVER THE CRUSADES

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001, Essay

By Robert P. Lockwood Mention the Crusades and the assumption is of a ruthless Church driving Europe into a barbaric war of aggression and plunder against a peaceful Islamic population in the Holy Land. As the common portrait paints it, led by mad preachers and manipulating power-hungry popes, the Crusades were a Church-sponsored invasion and slaughter... [Read more...]

SHOWTIME BOYCOTT UNDERWAY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

In the last edition of Catalyst, we ran the entire ad that appeared in Variety asking Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone to join with us in condemning Showtime for producing the anti-Catholic movie, “Sister Mary Explains It All” (Showtime is owned by Viacom). Showtime issued a lame statement simply saying they do not believe in promoting intolerance.... [Read more...]

MEDIA BIAS AT CNN AND SALON.COM

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

Media bias is an issue we track closely. Overall, the Catholic League sees much about media coverage of the Catholic Church that is admirable. But it is also true that bias against the Church is more pronounced in the media than just about any other prejudice. Some clear examples of the problem recently caused us to issue a press release. We noticed... [Read more...]

ATTACK ON “ABSTINENCE-ONLY” SEX ED IS FLAWED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

On June 12, those opposed to congressional reauthorization of federal funding for abstinence-only sex education held a press conference in Washington, D.C. The coalition of 35 national organizations released a statement decrying abstinence-only programs. Two major arguments were made: funding of such programs amounts to censorship and is an affront... [Read more...]

COURT RULES ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE SCHOOLS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

Every spring there are rulings from the bench that touch on serious matters of religious liberty. This past spring was no exception. Perhaps the most important decisions this time centered on issues affecting the rights of students. Most of the outcomes were encouraging. In May, a federal appeals court ruled once again that public school students have... [Read more...]

ABC ASKED TO SEVER LINK WITH BELIEFNET

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

In June, ABC News said it would be dropping its religion correspondent, Peggy Wehmeyer. Wehmeyer was the first, and only, full-time religion correspondent in network television; she will be let go in October due to budget cuts. As a substitute, ABC said it would establish a new partnership with Beliefnet, an Internet site that focuses on religion. We... [Read more...]

MUSEUM MESS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2001

The May Catalyst featured a story on the controversy over an offensive photo collage of Our Lady of Guadalupe on display at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The issue has largely been resolved. The outcome is a mess for both sides. The usual chorus of artistic liberty was sung by the free speech crowd. They defended the... [Read more...]

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