SAN FRANCISCO SUED; ANTI-CATHOLICISM CITED

Catalyst May Issue 2006, Front Page

On April 4, the Thomas More Law Center sued the City and County of San Francisco, and two local officials, on behalf of the 6,000 members of the Catholic League who live there; two Catholic individuals (one of whom is a Catholic League member) are also named in the suit. At issue is an incredible resolution that was unanimously passed on March 21 by... [Read more...]

“CODE” SET TO OPEN

Catalyst May Issue 2006, Front Page

“The Da Vinci Code” is set to open May 19 amidst much controversy. The Catholic League remains adamant in its request for a disclaimer at the start of the film indicating that it is a fictional account. Our beef all along has had less to do with the film’s director, Ron Howard, than with the author of the book upon which the movie... [Read more...]

“DA VINCI CODE” PEDDLES LIES

Catalyst May Issue 2006, From The President's Desk

As Catholic League members know, what is most pernicious about “The Da Vinci Code” is the book upon which the script is based: the author, Dan Brown, peddles one lie after another; now his book of lies is available in paperback. The biggest lie of them all is the one claiming that the divinity of Jesus was made up out of whole cloth in 325... [Read more...]

BIG MARKET FOR CATHOLIC-BASHING BOOKS

Catalyst May Issue 2006, Essay

by Robert P. Lockwood Anti-Catholic books have been dominating the New York Times bestseller list lately. Three books riddled with anti-Catholic themes and imagery have been listed at the same time. All are novels. Unless you have been hiding under a rock for over a year, you’ve heard of The Da Vinci Code, the hardbound bestseller now available... [Read more...]

EASTER BUNNY EXPELLED

Catalyst May Issue 2006

Tyrone Terrill, the human rights director at St. Paul City Hall in Minnesota, evicted a toy rabbit, colored eggs and a sign with the words “Happy Easter” from the premises. The display, which was in the lobby of the municipal building, was expelled on the grounds that the Easter Bunny might offend non-Christians. Bill Donohue’s response... [Read more...]

MAKING EASTER DISAPPEAR

Catalyst May Issue 2006

The politically correct police would like to make Easter disappear, which is why they favor Spring Egg Hunts to Easter Egg Hunts. We decided to track when this phenomenon occurred, and here’s what we found. There were no reported Spring Egg Hunts in the 1980s until 1988 and 1989; there was one in each of those years. From 1990-1994, there was... [Read more...]

DNC’S NEW WEBSITE DEVOID OF ANTI-CATHOLIC LINK

Catalyst May Issue 2006

On April 8, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) unveiled its new website. Gone from the site is the links page which directed users to various allied organizations. Among them was an anti-Catholic group, Catholics for a Free Choice. For the past two years, the Catholic League has been pressing the DNC to drop its link to Catholics for a Free Choice.... [Read more...]

PULPIT POLITICS

Catalyst May Issue 2006

On Palm Sunday, Senator John Kerry attended services at Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston’s Roxbury district. Inexplicably, he took communion at the Protestant church. Just as disconcerting was what Rev. Gregory G. Groover said from the pulpit. He introduced Kerry as “the next president of the United States.” We... [Read more...]

ANOTHER LAME ATTEMPT TO DEBUNK JESUS

Catalyst May Issue 2006

Since 1996, there has never been a year when the media didn’t offer us the same Easter present: the Jesus that Christians believe in is a hoax (see pp. 10-11 for a detailed account). During this period, ABC aired three shows that raised questions about the divinity of Jesus; Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Discovery Channel... [Read more...]

DEATH FOR CATHOLIC CONVERT AVERTED

Catalyst May Issue 2006

Abdul Rahman, an Afghan man who converted to Roman Catholicism 16 years ago, went on trial in Afghanistan in March because he abandoned Islam. Under the Afghan constitution, which is based on Shariah law, any Muslim who rejects Islam must be sentenced to death. Fortunately for Rahman, the security court dismissed the charges against him (they suspected... [Read more...]

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