FILM SELLS ATHEISM TO KIDS; MAJOR PROTEST LAUNCHED

Catalyst October Issue 2007, Front Page

The Catholic League is calling for a boycott of “The Golden Compass”; the movie opens December 7. It is based on the first book of a trilogy titled, His Dark Materials. The author of this children’s fantasy is Philip Pullman, a noted English atheist. It is his objective to bash Catholicism and promote atheism. To kids. “The... [Read more...]

“ARABIC” SCHOOL?

Catalyst October Issue 2007, Front Page

On September 4, Bill Donohue spoke at a press conference in New York City registering his misgivings over a new publicly funded “Arabic” school that opened in Brooklyn. The rally was held on the steps of City Hall and was attended by prominent Catholic and Jewish leaders. The reason for using quotation marks to describe the school is because... [Read more...]

INCIVILITY REIGNS

Catalyst October Issue 2007, From The President's Desk

William A. Donohue Entertainment critic Harvey Levin recently tried to convince Bill O’Reilly that the current wave of coarseness in our culture wasn’t entirely new; he made the point that there were plenty of examples of incivility in the 1920s, etc. O’Reilly wasn’t buying it: he replied that back then they didn’t celebrate... [Read more...]

KATHY GRIFFIN OFFENDS CHRISTIANS; PROTEST PAYS OFF

Catalyst October Issue 2007

After comedian Kathy Griffin used an incredibly obscene expression to slur Jesus [Warning to readers: we have reprinted it], she ran into a firestorm of controversy, thanks to the Catholic League. By the time it was over, her reputation had taken a quick nose dive. The date was September 8, and the event was the 59th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards.... [Read more...]

MOTHER TERESA’S FAITH: HITCHENS STILL DOESN’T GET IT

Catalyst October Issue 2007

In September, Doubleday released a book by Father Brian Kolodiejchuk called Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light.  Father Kolodiejchuk, the postulator for Mother Teresa’s sainthood cause, has collected her writings into a volume that shows the intensity of her holiness. Particularly revealing are the sections that highlight the “dark night... [Read more...]

RABBI KULA EMBRACES MOTHER TERESA

Catalyst October Issue 2007

Rabbi Irwin Kula, a good friend of the Catholic League, is the President of CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.  He is the author of the book Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life. “Mother Teresa’s passionate expression of doubt in her recently released ‘dark letters’ is a reflection of... [Read more...]

WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION THREATENED

Catalyst October Issue 2007

According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House is slated to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act sometime this fall (hearings on the bill were held beginning September 5). The bill would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Included in the latest version is a narrowing of the exemption typically afforded... [Read more...]

NEWSPAPERS SELF-CENSOR MUSLIM CARTOONS

Catalyst October Issue 2007

At least two dozen newspapers refused to run a cartoon on August 26 (the first of a two-part series) because it might have offended Muslims; more newspapers censored the September 2 installment. The cartoon strip that was slated to run on August 26, Berkeley Breathed’s “Opus,” contained a sexually suggestive panel and poked fun at... [Read more...]

LOUISIANA DEMS GET IN THE GUTTER: ATTEMPT TO SMEAR CATHOLIC POL

Catalyst October Issue 2007

A television ad put out in August by the Louisiana Democratic Party accused Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bobby Jindal of smearing Protestants; Jindal is Catholic. The ad said Jindal “insulted thousands of Louisiana Protestants. He has referred to Protestant religions as scandalous, depraved, selfish and heretical.” To drive the point... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC JUDGE BASHED BY DUI LAWYER

Catalyst October Issue 2007

In August, Florida attorney Loring Spolter formally petitioned the U.S. District Court seeking the recusal of U.S. District Judge William Zloch on the grounds that the judge exercises religious bias. If anyone wants to see anti-Catholicism in action, keep an eye on Loring Spolter—the man is still at large. Ironically, Spolter’s affidavit not... [Read more...]

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