REPUBLICANS DOGGED BY HOUSE CHAPLAIN ISSUE

Catalyst March Issue 2000, Front Page

The controversy over the new House chaplain continues to dog the Republicans. Instead of taking steps to put this issue behind them, they have allowed it to fester. The Catholic League has become increasingly incensed over Republican duplicity and efforts by conservatives to smear Father Timothy O’Brien. William Donohue has been in conversation with... [Read more...]

GORE ENDORSED IN CHURCH

Catalyst March Issue 2000, Front Page

Vice president Al Gore was endorsed on February 13 by Rev. Floyd Flake inside Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Queens, New York. “I don’t do endorsements from across the pulpit,” said Rev. Flake, “because I never know who’s out there watching the types of laws that govern separation of church and state.” He then... [Read more...]

BIGOTRY AND BIOGRAPHY

Catalyst March Issue 2000, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue George W. Bush set off a firestorm when he decided to kick off his South Carolina campaign by going to Bob Jones University. It is a school that to this day regards Catholicism as “a satanic counterfeit” and the “Mother of Harlots.” If you are in doubt, check out their website. Why Bob Jones University hates... [Read more...]

KANSAS CITY STAR SEX SURVEY IMPLODES

Catalyst March Issue 2000

The lead story in the December Catalyst was on the sex survey of Catholic priests taken by the Kansas City Star. As soon as the survey was mailed in October, the Catholic League responded with a survey of its own: we sent the staff at the newspaper a similarly-worded survey questioning their sex lives. We also blasted the newspaper-turned-tabloid... [Read more...]

RELIGIONS IMPOSE VIEWS ON SEX

Catalyst March Issue 2000

How many times have you heard it said that the Catholic Church seeks to “impose” its views of sexuality on the nation? Every other day? Every day? But have you ever heard it said that religions which sponsor a promiscuous view of sexuality seek to impose their views on the rest of us? The Sex Information and Education Council of the United... [Read more...]

AN EASY WIN

Catalyst March Issue 2000

In November 1997, we learned that NBC paid author Glenn Kleier $1 million for the TV rights to his book, The Last Day; a miniseries was planned. The novel was certain to offend Catholics. We know this because Rich Horgan, who worked with Kleier on the book, said “This is a book that’s going to be a sort of kidney punch to organized religion,... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD HIJINCKS

Catalyst March Issue 2000

Three TV shows recently drew the ire of the Catholic League. The January 23 episode of the “The X-Files” featured a segment that was disparaging of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. “When you get right down to it,” one of the characters said, “is snake handling any harder to buy into than confessionals... [Read more...]

IS THAT YOUR FINAL ANSWER?

Catalyst March Issue 2000

If Regis Philbin wants to stump someone on “Millionaire,” we suggest he ask the following: “Which ethnic and religious group believes we should be generous in funding programs for the mentally retarded but not for the mentally ill?” Irish Catholics. ” Are you sure? Is that your final answer?” If Regis had asked this... [Read more...]

GOOD FRIDAY RULING YIELDS RIGHT RESULT

Catalyst March Issue 2000

On January 18, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by a retired school teacher that maintained that a Maryland law requiring the closing of all public schools on Good Friday was a violation of the constitutionally required separation of church and state. While the Catholic League approved of the conclusion it was not satisfied with the court’s... [Read more...]

STUDENTS’ RIGHTS

Catalyst March Issue 2000

The class is given an assignment to write about the purpose of spring break. A 13 year-old Catholic boy writes that the original purpose was to allow time off to celebrate Easter. His teacher, a Blackwood, New Jersey middle school instructor, objects on the grounds that it is improper to write about religion. If the boy doesn’t submit something else,... [Read more...]

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