“CHOCOLATE JESUS” NIXED; PUBLIC RALLIES TO OUR SIDE

Catalyst May Issue 2007, Front Page

From April 1 to April 7, the Roger Smith Lab Gallery at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City was set to display a 6-foot tall anatomically correct sculpture of Jesus in milk chocolate; the figure was depicted as crucified.  But thanks to a protest led by the Catholic League, it never saw the light of day. Artist Cosimo Cavallaro titled his work “My... [Read more...]

“SOUTH PARK” LAMPOON

Catalyst May Issue 2007, Front Page

On April 4, the Comedy Central show “South Park” lampooned Bill Donohue. Donohue appeared as one of the cartoon characters, along with a figure of Pope Benedict XVI.  The Easter script depicted Donohue chastising the pope for being “too soft.” Donohue then takes over as pope. When a Jesus figure appears, Donohue has both the... [Read more...]

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

Catalyst May Issue 2007, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Every time I think I’ve heard it all, I’m proven wrong. There is never a dull moment at the Catholic League. Consider what happened during Lent alone. James Cameron of “Titanic” fame threw the first major salvo of the season by arguing, along with Simcha Jacobovici and Charles Pellegrino, that the Jesus family... [Read more...]

EXPELLING GOD FROM THE UNIVERSITY

Catalyst May Issue 2007, Essay

by David French Emily Brooker is a recent honors graduate in social work from Missouri State University. A bright and attractive young woman, she has a ready smile, a heart for serving the poor, and an enduring stain on an otherwise sterling academic record. University of Florida student Christine Miller is one of the most engaging people you will ever... [Read more...]

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL BANS EASTER BUNNY

Catalyst May Issue 2007

William Rearick, Schools Superintendent of the Tiverton Public Schools in Rhode Island, banned the Easter Bunny from appearing at a March 24 fundraising event at the Tiverton Middle School. He also banned the word “Easter” from all school events. He told the Providence Journal that during the last year and a half, he has become more aware... [Read more...]

JESUS-TOMB STARS CRASH

Catalyst May Issue 2007

After “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” premiered on March 4, the Discovery Channel yanked three scheduled repeats of the film. Given that the film’s claims of Jesus’ bones being discovered in an ancient ossuary have been unanimously rejected by archaeologists and scholars, this wasn’t surprising—at least not to us. But the film’s... [Read more...]

OHIO STATE NEWSPAPER RIPS CATHOLICISM

Catalyst May Issue 2007

On March 27, an anonymous journalism student wrote a very obscene column in The Lantern, a student newspaper at Ohio State University, titled “Going Down with the Catholics.” Her remarks included a smear regarding the Immaculate Conception Though The Lantern receives no money from the university, it is afforded a place on the campus,... [Read more...]

BIGOTED GEORGIA TEACHER GETS OFF SCOT-FREE

Catalyst May Issue 2007

Exposing acts of anti-Catholic bigotry is, of course, our specialty at the Catholic League. We blow the whistle on those responsible, be they the perpetrators or the enablers. On Ash Wednesday, February21, the perpetrator was a substitute teacher at a public high school in Georgia. The enabler? The local board of education superintendent, who pooh-poohed... [Read more...]

STATE TROOPER TOLD TO REMOVE ASHES

Catalyst May Issue 2007

A Catholic state trooper for the South Carolina Highway Patrol informed us that he was ordered by his supervisor to remove ashes from his forehead on Ash Wednesday. The trooper had come on duty after attending church that day. The trooper was told to wipe off the ashes on the grounds that they violated Highway Patrol uniform policy. After refusing to... [Read more...]

LOS ANGELES TIMES SLANDERS CATHOLICS

Catalyst May Issue 2007

On March 26, the Los Angeles Times printed an article by John Spano that gave credence to a totally baseless charge by attorney Irwin Zelkin, who is handling sex-abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Zelkin told the Times that Catholics are permitted to skirt the truth under oath in order to protect the best interests of the Catholic... [Read more...]

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