COMMENTS ON TILLER’S DEATH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

The comments below were found on the blogs of the Nation, the New Republic and NARAL following the death of Dr. George Tiller. All comments appear in their original form: “Are you people kidding? The fetuses that Dr. Tiller aborted were going to be born without faces, or without a central nervous system. They were already dead and the mother was... [Read more...]

HATE CRIMES BILL UPDATE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

On June 16, we issued a statement examining the contention of Factcheck.org that the Congressional hate crimes bill does not jeopardize religious speech and does not include pedophilia as a protected class. In 2007, when the hate crimes bill was being considered, Rep. Louis Gohmert asked Rep. Art Davis whether a minister who preached against sexual... [Read more...]

DOES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY EQUAL HOMOPHOBIA?

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

Recently New Hampshire Governor John Lynch said that he would not sign a bill that ordered same-sex marriage unless it strengthened religious provisions. Led by advocates of gay marriage, the House voted against amending the bill to insure religious liberty protections. Helping to lead the fight for gay marriage in New Hampshire was Rep. Steve Vaillancourt.... [Read more...]

HOLOCAUST PARK SHUNS POLISH CATHOLICS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

Recently the City of New York authorized five new markers in Brooklyn’s Holocaust Memorial Park to represent five groups of non-Jews who died in the Holocaust. The new markers that were proposed honored homosexuals, Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the disabled and political prisoners; Polish Catholics were ignored. The person behind this campaign... [Read more...]

HYSTERIA OVER IRISH CLERGY ABUSE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

At the end of May and after nine years of investigation, Ireland’s Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse published its findings. More than 30,000 children, most of them delinquents, passed through one or more of Ireland’s Catholic-run institutions from the 1920s through the 1980s. Reuters reported that “Irish Priests Beat, Raped Children,”... [Read more...]

NYC TO OKAY MUSLIM HOLIDAYS IN SCHOOLS; CATHOLICS STONEWALLED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

In June, news broke that the Education Committee of the New York City Council had approved two new Muslim holidays, Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha, to be added to the school calendar. On January 14, Bill Donohue testified before the very same committee requesting equal rights for Catholics: Jewish and Islamic religious symbols are displayed in the schools... [Read more...]

OKAY TO FUND CHURCHES OVERSEAS; NO MONEY FOR D.C. VOUCHERS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

On June 4, President Obama’s Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships met for the first time via conference call. The only item of real interest to the Catholic League was the agency’s commitment to extend foreign aid to such civil institutions as churches, mosques and temples. We commended them on this proposition, but noted that it smacked of... [Read more...]

OBAMA PIVOTS ON CONSCIENCE RIGHTS

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

n his address to the 2009 graduating class at the University of Notre Dame, President Barack Obama said that he supports conscience rights for healthcare workers. “Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion,” he said, “and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded... [Read more...]

OBAMA CHOOSES VATICAN AMBASSADOR

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

In choosing professor Miguel  Diaz to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, President Obama selected a man whose writings do not address such hot-button issues as abortion, embryonic stem cell research, doctor-assisted suicide and gay marriage. In that regard, it appears this was a safe choice. It is disconcerting, nonetheless, to learn that Diaz... [Read more...]

PBS RELIGION BAN CARRIES A STENCH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2009

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) banned its member stations from carrying new religious TV programs; the few existing religious programs were allowed to continue. The stated reason for censoring new religious programming went like this: (a) a ban on sectarian programming has been in place since 1985 but was never enforced, (b) PBS started to review... [Read more...]

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