NEBRASKA BILL MODIFIED

Catalyst March Issue 2007

What started out as a collision course between Nebraska State Senator Lowen Kruse and the Catholic League was avoided when the legislation in question was modified to allay the Catholic League’s concerns. In January, Senator Kruse introduced a bill to the state’s unicameral legislature that sought to curb underage drinking. In addition to... [Read more...]

HATE CRIME BIAS

Catalyst March Issue 2007

In January, the New York Times ran a story about two 20-year-olds and an 18-year-old who were arrested for stealing statues of baby Jesus from nativity scenes over the past two years. They hit the New York suburban communities of Suffern and Haverstraw several times in 2005 and 2006. The police said they would not charge them with committing hate crimes;... [Read more...]

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER IS A LOSER

Catalyst March Issue 2007

In the January edition of Esquire, there was a comment by James D. Watson justifying anti-Semitism. Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of DNA, offered as one of his musings a rhetorical question: “Should you be allowed to make an anti-Semitic remark?” To which he said, “Yes, because some anti-Semitism is justified.” Bill... [Read more...]

FROM THEFT TO RAPE—ABUSE CONTINUES

Catalyst March Issue 2007

In 2005, there was a 19 percent increase in complaints of misconduct over 2004, and a 43 percent increase in substantiated cases. Things got worse in 2006: there was a 38 percent increase in complaints of wrongdoing over 2005, and a 68 percent jump in substantiated claims. In both 2005 and 2006, approximately a third of these cases involved the sexual... [Read more...]

SCHOOL CHOICE INCHES FORWARD

Catalyst March Issue 2007

Utah and New York are making strides in the battle for school choice, following the lead of Arizona. Newark, New Jersey, is also making waves. On the run are the teachers’ unions; they will do nearly anything to maintain their government-created near-monopoly on education. In February, the Utah House approved a private voucher program—by one... [Read more...]

BARBARA WALTERS—HOUSE MOM TO BIGOTS

Catalyst March Issue 2007

On February 7, “The View” panelist Joy Behar said that people should “follow their heart” in dealing with sexuality. She then offered, “That is why a lot of the priesthood is so screwed up right now.” Rosie O’Donnell followed with “Celibacy is not part of the human condition. It is not normal, right, everyone... [Read more...]

“POWERFUL STUFF”

Catalyst March Issue 2007

Many vendors send us items that may be of interest to the Catholic League (books, videos, buttons, T-shirts, etc.), and as a general rule we do not promote them. The reason is simple: we have very limited room for such fare. But we have made an exception this time. Archangel Brands chief Christopher Bechara sent Bill Donohue a sample of its Archangel... [Read more...]

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