PULPIT POLITICS IN HIGH GEAR; IRS COMPLAINTS FILED

Catalyst October Issue 2004, Front Page

The Catholic League has filed two formal complaints with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) alleging illegal pulpit politics. The first complaint was made against a Miami Baptist church for allowing the church to become the venue of a political rally. On August 29, Bishop Victor T. Curry of Miami’s New Birth Baptist Church welcomed Rev. Al Sharpton,... [Read more...]

D.C. LOVES VOUCHERS

Catalyst October Issue 2004, Front Page

After years of debate, the District of Columbia now has in place the nation’s first federally funded voucher program. The beneficiaries of the program are almost all non-white: African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics and African immigrants make up 85 percent of the District’s public school students. They may receive as much as $7,500 a year for tuition... [Read more...]

BELIEVERS VS. NON-BELIEVERS

Catalyst October Issue 2004, From The President's Desk

Recent surveys on religion in public life reveal that America is still a vibrantly religious nation. But there is also evidence that the raging culture war is a reflection of the burgeoning disharmony between believers and non-believers. The believers are numerically stronger, but it is the secularists who staff the cultural command posts. A recent... [Read more...]

THE SECULAR CRUSADE

Catalyst October Issue 2004, Essay

By William Donohue “It is no secret that the Bush administration is engaged in the most radical assault on the separation of church and state in American history.” When I first read that sentence, I wondered about the sanity of the author. Upon reflection, I still do. Susan Jacoby, who penned that line last spring, is not ready for the asylum, but... [Read more...]

TREAT CATHOLICS AS MUSLIMS

Catalyst October Issue 2004

Lt. Gen. William Boykin has made some remarks that have gotten him into trouble with his superiors. For example, Boykin has said that the U.S. is “a Christian nation” at war with “Satan.” He has also said that “my God [is] a real God,” as opposed to the “idol” that Muslims worship. After the Defense Department investigated the matter,... [Read more...]

FALSE ADVERTISING

Catalyst October Issue 2004

A letter has been sent to President George W. Bush by ten Protestant teachers of ethics asking him to “respect the integrity of all houses of worship.” We investigated who they are and then informed the press with the following news release: “The ten signatories advertise themselves as ‘a group of prominent Evangelicals and moderate to conservative... [Read more...]

CHRISTIAN-BASHING ON CAMPUS

Catalyst October Issue 2004

The faculty at Black Hawk College in Illinois have rallied around sociology professor Bruce LeBlanc after an advisory committee said he violated the school’s harassment policy. Though LeBlanc was not penalized in any way, the fact that the committee recommended he apologize to the offended student led him to challenge this decision through the school’s... [Read more...]

NO CHAPELS FOUND ON THIS HILL

Catalyst October Issue 2004

The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill has accused a Christian fraternity of discriminating against non-Christians because the frat won’t open its membership to students of different faiths. In reality, however, it is UNC that is doing the discriminating: it won’t allow a Christian group to be Christian. The fraternity, Alpha Iota... [Read more...]

RELIGION FRIGHTENS CELEBS

Catalyst October Issue 2004

As the Republican National Convention was winding down, a counter-convention event was taking place in New York that featured composer Philip Glass. Glass told a room of celebrities that the U.S. is being “taken over by religion” and that the country is being “ruled by the Bible and not the Constitution.” It is not surprising that Philip Glass... [Read more...]

MORE THAN HINDU RIGHTS AT STAKE

Catalyst October Issue 2004

A New York State judge is being accused by the Hindu Temple Society of North America of violating the separation of church and state by injecting himself into the internal affairs of the religious body. The group has filed a motion in federal district court asking for injunctive relief. The Catholic League is supporting the Hindus in their effort. At... [Read more...]

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