HEATHER GRAHAM’S SEXUAL HANG-UPS

Catalyst March Issue 2001

Actress Heather Graham, of “Austin Powers” fame, took to bashing the Catholic Church in an interview in the February edition of Talk magazine. As reported in the New York Post, Graham blames the Church for stifling her sex life when she was growing up. “Why do I have to do what all these men are saying? Why is a women’s sexuality... [Read more...]

TOO MUCH RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?

Catalyst March Issue 2001

When William Donohue learned that the New York State Legislature was considering a bill that would mandate all employers to provide contraceptive health insurance coverage for its employees, he personally wrote to every member arguing that a religious conscience protection clause be included. Catholic health care organizations, he said, should have... [Read more...]

BUSH’S FAITH-BASED PROGRAMS TRIGGER STRONG REACTION

Catalyst March Issue 2001

One week into his presidency, President George W. Bush spoke in favor of using faith-based social service programs to tackle many of the nation’s social problems. His idea of creating a White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives triggered a strong reaction from pundits and activists alike. The critics, led by Americans United for... [Read more...]

BIGOT BULLIES STUDENT

Catalyst March Issue 2001

Not surprisingly, when an individual experiences anti-Catholic bigotry, we get a call. If often happens, however, that he or she may not want the Catholic League to pursue the matter, for fear of reprisal. We respect that choice and never go forward. But we do record the incident in our annual report on anti-Catholicism, and occasionally list it in Catalyst as... [Read more...]

ELLEN “THE NUN”

Catalyst March Issue 2001

The NBC show “Will and Grace” had a special guest February 15th. Someone thought it would be fun to have America’s most well known lesbian, Ellen DeGeneres, play a nun. The nun said she was taken to the convent when she was three, thinking she was going to the zoo. “All I wanted to do is see the penguins. Ironic, isn’t it?”... [Read more...]

MAHER’S POLITICALLY CORRECT APOLOGY

Catalyst March Issue 2001

Over the past few years, we have often commented on the anti-Catholic remarks of Bill Maher, host of the late-night ABC show, “Politically Incorrect.” Whenever we ask the person in charge at ABC’s Broadcast Standards and Practices for an apology, we get the usual, “well, Bill Maher offends lots of people” type of response.... [Read more...]

MORE DISHONESTY OVER DIVERSITY

Catalyst March Issue 2001

At bottom, diversity means allowing for differences. So when the New York State Assembly passed a bill that would require all employers to provide contraceptive health insurance coverage for its employees, Catholics wondered whether there would be enough diversity to go around that would allow for a religious conscience protection clause. To their dismay,... [Read more...]

“SAVING SILVERMAN” IS SHOCK SCHLOCK

Catalyst March Issue 2001

Most reviewers agreed that “Saving Silverman” was one of the most vulgar movies to open in some time. What didn’t catch their eye were the Catholic-bashing elements. When the film opened on February 9, it was described by reviewers in terms that were appropriately harsh: “there are a number of laugh-out-loud moments wedged in between... [Read more...]

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