SANITIZING SOCIETY

Catalyst May Issue 1998

There is a statue of Jesus in the city park in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The logo of Republic, Missouri has a fish on it. And this is regarded as a constitutional crisis. The statue of Jesus was donated to Marshfield in 1959 by the Knights of Columbus. Since 1987, the Freedom from Religion Foundation has been looking for a plaintiff to sue the city of... [Read more...]

TO THE EDITOR:

Catalyst May Issue 1998

This letter appeared in the New York Times on March 22,1998.: Your March 18 editorial on the Vatican document on the Holocaust chastises Pope John Paul II for defending “the silence of Pope Pius XII during the Third Reich.” If Pius was “silent” during the Holocaust, why did this newspaper congratulate him on Dec. 25, 1941,... [Read more...]

TRYING TO OPEN THE SEAL

Catalyst May Issue 1998

Legislation has been introduced in the Rhode Island state legislature that would force the clergy to reveal private confessions in cases of child abuse or neglect. The bill would amend the “Privileged Communications to Clergymen” law which stipulates that religious officials cannot be forced to reveal the contents of private conversations... [Read more...]

STARVING THE KIDS

Catalyst May Issue 1998

A recent cartoon by Horsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer showed a bare-footed woman, with the inscription “Third World” on her back, bowing before the Blessed Virgin saying, “Blessed Mary, I need to know which is the greatest sin: Bringing another few billion poor, starving children into the world? Or using the pill?” Not... [Read more...]

THE HYPOCRITES AT “SOUTH PARK”

Catalyst May Issue 1998

In a recent episode of the Comedy Central program, “South Park,” Christians were linked to Nazis as oppressors of homosexuals. The show, which aired on March 25, and which was repeated on March 28, had a segment that described homosexuals throughout history. In the midst of this discussion, “Big Gay Al” interrupted his commentary... [Read more...]

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