ANTI-RELIGIOUS FANATICISM

Catalyst October Issue 2000

In late summer, a little girl from North Port, Florida learned at the age of eight what a gag order is.  She had been practicing to sing the song Kum Ba Yah at the North Port Boys and Girls Club talent show.  But because the song repeats the word “Lord,” she was barred from singing the tune the night of the event.  Her outraged parents were... [Read more...]

NO ONE’S CALLED

Catalyst October Issue 2000

A new fashion group, Imitation of Christ, is buying old clothes from the Salvation Army and then “crucifying” them by putting stains on them, cutting them up, etc.  They actually sell these filthy wares to rich kids who think it’s cool. When William Donohue was asked to comment on this, he told the New York Daily News “It’s a cheap way... [Read more...]

RIVERSIDE “CHURCH”

Catalyst October Issue 2000

If there is one church in America that anti-religious zealots love to go to its Riverside Church.  Located on the upper west side of Manhattan, the church’s environment is such that non-believers are made to feel right at home while traditional-minded believers are made to feel like pariahs.  No wonder, then, that this was the forum extended to... [Read more...]

AD CREATES STIR

Catalyst October Issue 2000

A formidable group of Jewish scholars and rabbis—some 170 in all—have signed a document that says, “Nazism was not a Christian phenomenon.”  While they acknowledge that Christian anti-Semitism paved the way for the Nazis, they clearly state, “Nazism itself was not an inevitable outcome of Christianity.” The document, “A Jewish Statement... [Read more...]

JUST INSERT YOUR “APOLOGY”

Catalyst October Issue 2000

Blue Q Corporation sells refrigerator magnets.  Unlike the ones sold in most stores, these ones tend to be one-of-a-kind magnets that make a humorous statement.  For the most part, they are done in good taste.  But we do have a problem with one magnet collection that features the Virgin Mary. There is a “Mix’ n Match” set that depicts a figure... [Read more...]

“BIG LAUGHS” FOR BIGOTRY

Catalyst October Issue 2000

In the last issue of Catalyst, we mentioned a play about gays and the Church, “Avow,” that William Donohue avowed not to see. As it turned out, one review of it said, “The anti-Catholic humor…drew big laughs.” It would, of course, be surprising if it did not: anti-Catholicism is sport among many in the gay community. Moreover, theater critics... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC LEAGUE TO “POLITICALLY INCORRECT”: START BASHING GAYS OR QUIT BASHING CATHOLICS

Catalyst October Issue 2000

The ABC network featured a segment of “Politically Incorrect” on September 9 that attacked Pope John Paul II.  The offender was actor Jay Mohr. The offensive segment began when host Bill Maher set Mohr up by mentioning that there was a recent Vatican document on the Church and salvation.  Mohr then attacked the pope: “The Vatican is some 80-year-old... [Read more...]

KNOW-NOTHING OATH UNCOVERED

Catalyst October Issue 2000

A New Jersey man who dabbles in acquiring historical documents found by happenstance the oath taken by members of the Know-Nothing Party, the 19th century anti-Catholic nativist group.  He turned the document over to professors at Boston College. “To defend our Republic Institutions against the encroachment of the Church of Rome…and its ignorant... [Read more...]

“TRIAL” OF PIUS XII DROPPED

Catalyst October Issue 2000

We learned from one of our members that an Adult Education course at a Long Island public school was planning to put Pope Pius XII on “trial.”  The course, “The Jews of Italy: A Miracle of Survival,” will be taught this fall   by the Herrick School District in New Hyde Park.  The course catalog ends with the following: “A fascinating video... [Read more...]

NO FREE SPEECH FOR CATHOLICS AT DENVER AIRPORT

Catalyst October Issue 2000

Denver International Airport (DIA) has a chapel that is used by Christians, Jews and Muslims; an interfaith organization that represents the three religions, DIA Interfaith Chapel Inc., leases the space from DIA.  Mass is available for Catholics on Sunday and holy days of obligation.  Catholic passengers are alerted to the Mass schedule via the public... [Read more...]

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