ESPN ANCHOR SUSPENDED; APOLOGY ACCEPTED

Catalyst March Issue 2008, Front Page

On January 22, the Catholic League launched a protest of ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson’s foul and bigoted comments that were made at a January 11 “roast” in Atlantic City. The next day we issued another news release, putting pressure on ESPN to respond. It took one more day before we were satisfied with the outcome. We learned from news and sports... [Read more...]

HOAX RESURRECTED

Catalyst March Issue 2008, Front Page

Last year, “Titanic” director James Cameron and others said that the Jesus family tomb had been found. The archaeological community was not persuaded, but that didn’t stop the controversy. But now, thanks to Princeton’s James Charlesworth, the hoax looks more real than ever before. Charlesworth recently completed a Jerusalem conference that... [Read more...]

ALL WE ASK FOR IS FAIRNESS

Catalyst March Issue 2008, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Advocacy organizations like the Catholic League have to expect that not everyone is going to like what they do. But is it too much to ask that our critics be fair? Fairness is not some slippery subjective property—it simply means that vis-à-vis other similarly situated persons or organizations, the same rules apply. The lead story... [Read more...]

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: PAST AND PRESENT

Catalyst March Issue 2008, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Every four years the big political prize is up for grabs, and with it comes pressure politics of an unrelenting sort. This campaign season is no exception, but what is different for the Catholic League is that it has drawn us into a fight with Republican and Democratic candidates alike. For the record, our members should know that... [Read more...]

THE POLITICAL POWER OF CATHOLICS: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Catalyst March Issue 2008, Essay

Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States, Simon & Schuster, March 11, 2008 There have many books about the so-called Religious Right in American politics. What makes Onward, Christian Soldiers distinctive is my exploration of its Catholic dimension. What is usually treated as exclusively... [Read more...]

BILL MAHER: AMERICA’S #1 BIGOT

Catalyst March Issue 2008

America’s top bigot, Bill Maher, was at it again in January and February. For example, when Maher appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” he commented on the widely publicized speech made by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, explaining the role of religion in government. Maher remarked: “You can’t be a rational person six days a week... [Read more...]

“JERRY SPRINGER” DIRTIES CARNEGIE HALL’S REPUTATION

Catalyst March Issue 2008

In the last edition of Catalyst we mentioned that “Jerry Springer—The Opera” was coming to Carnegie Hall at the end of January for two nights. As we predicted, this grotesque production assaulted Christianity; it also dirtied the illustrious history of the hosting venue. The New York Daily News speculated that the musical used its two nights... [Read more...]

NO CATHOLIC RIGHT TO TRANSGENDER SURGERY

Catalyst March Issue 2008

A person claiming discrimination, after being denied breast enlargement surgery following a transgender operation, sued Seton Medical Center in Daly City, California. The hospital, which is run by the Daughters of Charity, said that the requested surgery violated Catholic teaching and was outside the procedures of the hospital. The man-turned-woman... [Read more...]

JESUS TRASHED IN ANTI-HUCKABEE SKIT

Catalyst March Issue 2008

In January, the radio program “Fair Game with Faith Salie” aired a skit intending to mock presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Instead, the show set off Catholics because of its disgusting depiction of the Eucharist. The skit aired on Utah’s National Public Radio station, KCPW. The following is a transcript of the offensive segment: [Woman’s... [Read more...]

POLITICS OF SEX ABUSE IN COLORADO

Catalyst March Issue 2008

Colorado state house member Gwyn Green introduced two separate bills—one for private institutions and another for public institutions—regarding lawsuits involving the sexual abuse of children. In February, the league put out two news releases calling out Rep. Green’s legislation. Our releases noted that Rep. Green made it easier to sue private... [Read more...]

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