When the Catholic League first registered its objections to the ABC show, “Nothing Sacred,” it had no idea that it would create such a whirlwind of publicity. Nor did it think that it would be asking President Clinton to make a statement regarding the show at a Rose Garden conference attended by league president William Donohue. As media... [Read more...]DONOHUE ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE ADDRESS
At the invitation of the White House, William Donohue attended an address by President Clinton on religious liberty in the federal workplace. The following is Donohue’s assessment of the speech that was released to the media: “Overall, the President’s executive order on the rights of religious expression in the federal workplace is a welcome... [Read more...]FROM VOYEURISM TO IMPERIALISM
Perhaps the most aggravating aspect of “Nothing Sacred” is the audacity of the executive producers, David Manson and Richard Kramer, to admit that it is their purpose to create “dialogue” among Catholics about the teachings of their church. Who ever asked—or appointed—these two men, both of whom are Jewish and both of whom... [Read more...]A POLITICAL AGENDA MARS ABC’s “NOTHING SACRED”
The following Op-Ed article was published in the Los Angeles Times on August 11, 1997. Howard Rosenberg (“Nothing Sacred, but Much Ventured,” August 6) likes the pilot to ABC’s “Nothing Sacred” but confesses that he understands why some Catholics might be troubled, if not outraged, by the show. Let me explain why. The central... [Read more...]SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS STRIKE AGAIN
Over the past few years, we have noticed that the Seventh Day Adventists have taken an aggressively public stand against the Catholic Church. The ads they have taken out in major newspapers have all maligned Catholicism. Our position has been to challenge the editors of these dailies not to accept any more of these ads. The latest venue for this hate... [Read more...]THE POPE AS MARTIAL ARTIST?
Director Roger Corman has announced that he is looking for a top comedy star to play the lead in a new movie he is contemplating, “Vatican Air Two”. Struck by the success of “Air Force One”, Corman decided that it would be great to do an action-adventure comedy that features the pope as a martial artist who battles bad guys on... [Read more...]TUFTS LUCK
It was tough luck for Tufts University that a responsible Unitarian minister blew the whistle on the school’s presentation of the play, “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” The minister, Reverend Scotty McClennan, contacted the Catholic League in July once he learned that the play was scheduled for performance in August.... [Read more...]BARRON’S NEEDS REMEDIAL ED
A few years ago, Barron’s, the famous test-prep company, published a crude excerpt from the work of James Agee in How to Prepare for the ACT (Second Edition). The selection was taken from the late author’s award-winning book, A Death in the Family. The league objected on two grounds: a) the excerpt smacked of anti-Catholicism and b) it was hardly... [Read more...]WHAT’S THAT GOT TO DO WITH IT?
We recently sent a letter to Christopher Noble, the owner and publisher of a line of greeting cards, protesting one of his cards that parodied a priest kissing the Pope’s ring. Because the card wasn’t the most offensive one we’ve seen, we made a fairly mild complaint. We simply said, “We appeal to your sense of fairness and goodwill and... [Read more...]HATS OFF TO BRAZILIANS
When some crazy evangelist slapped and kicked a statue of the Virgin Mary on Brazilian TV, it wasn’t just Catholics who were outraged—the authorities were also. Preacher Sergio Van Helder was sentenced to two years in prison for showing disrespect for a religious symbol. Imagine how the ACLU would react if we imported this splendid idea from the... [Read more...]