Friday, April 10, 2009

Benedict XVI: Easter immerses us in history of redemption

Catholic League Release

Clam Rights

Peter Singer is a Princeton professor who believes it is okay for parents to kill their kids until their offspring are 28 days old. He also believes in bestiality: dogs, he says, can convey to their master whether they consent to intercourse. Now he is pushing clam rights.

In today’s
New York Times, Nicholas Kristof writes that because Singer is uncertain about the capacity of shellfish to suffer, he tends to avoid eating them. Which means that Singer apparently believes that newborn kids who are knifed to death don’t suffer, but clams on the half shell might. Whether clams can consent to sex, Singer does not say.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Rep. Mike Rogers Introduces the GOP State Solutions Project

Catholic League Release

Donohue Responds to Tony Blair

here to read Bill Donohue's response to Tony Blair's comments on Pope Benedict's recent statements about condoms.

Catholic League News Release


Beginning today through April 13, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is featuring the film, “The Pope’s Toilet.” Shown in Spanish with English subtitles, the movie revolves around a visit by Pope John Paul II to the poor town of Melo, Uruguay, near Brazil. Anticipating the arrival of the pope, townspeople make plans to set up food and drink stands, etc. One of them decides to make money by setting up an outdoor public pay toilet. The film is the work of two Uruguayans: writer Enrique Fernández and cinematographer César Charlone.

Commenting on this is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“This movie would not garner our attention except for its venue and timing. It debuted two years ago and it is deliberately being shown during Holy Week, ending on Easter Monday. And it is not being shown at some dump in the Village—it is being showcased at the Museum of Modern Art.

New York Times says the film takes ‘an oblique dig at a church that, the movie suggests, may have failed its most disadvantaged followers.’ When it was shown at the Toronto Film Festival two years ago, it was described as blending ‘the sacred and profane.’ Which explains why V.A. Musetto of the New York Post
—who has never found a Catholic-bashing movie he didn’t love—gave it three stars.

“The person responsible for all this is Laurence Kardish, senior curator in the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art. He didn’t choose this film without deliberation. Indeed, he admits to previewing ‘more films than there are hours in the year’ (when not walking his dogs with a wooden rolling duck in the West Village). And ‘The Pope’s Toilet’ beat out all competitors. We checked to see what Muslims were treated to at Ramadan and found that ‘Hollywood on the Hudson: Filmmaking in New York, 1920-39’ was featured then. When Jews celebrated Yom Kippur, a movie about African patriarchy was shown, ‘Delwende.’ Which makes his choice of ‘The Pope’s Toilet’ at Eastertime take on greater meaning.”

Contact Kardish at

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)

Catholic League Release

Vermont Quiz

Which state has less religious men and women than any other? Vermont.
Which is the only state to have a socialist senator? Vermont.
Which state has the second lowest birth rate in the nation? Vermont
Which state has the second highest proportion of whites? Vermont.
Which state legislature was the first to legalize gay marriage? Vermont.

In other words, Vermont is a lily-white state populated by left-wingers who are anti-traditional marriage and anti-family. Exactly what we would expect of a population where more people believe in nothing than anywhere else in the nation.

Chairman Price on Cavuto April 7, 2009

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

RSC Update: Monday, April 6, 2009

From the Chairman
Last week, both the House and Senate passed versions of President Barack Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget. To say the least, it was a very sad occasion for Americans who care about fiscal sanity and wish to ensure that our children and grandchildren are not weighed down by the decisions of the current generation. Without a doubt, this is the most reckless budget in American history. At a time when we should be focusing on reining in spending and government growth, President Obama and congressional Democrats have buried the country under a mountain of debt. There is more debt in the President’s budget (over $12 trillion) than accumulated by all previous administrations – from George Washington to George W. Bush!

President Obama and his friends have attempted to sell this budget under the laughable guise of “fiscal responsibility.” They claim that it will cut our deficit in half in five years. They leave out one inconvenient truth: they quadruple the deficit before cutting it in half. And of course, while Democrats were busy plotting their spending spree, their budget ignored the greatest threat of all to our national solvency: entitlements.

Standing in stark contrast to this fiscal recklessness, the Republican Study Committee offered a positive, workable budget solution. Unlike any other proposal on the table, our budget is balanced. It ends bailouts, eliminates wasteful programs, and reduces overall non-defense discretionary spending each year. It preserves the stimulative tax relief of 2001 and 2003 and aims to get the economy on the move once again by encouraging investment through a two-year suspension of capital gains taxes. Most significantly, the RSC budget corrals the out-of-control spending in our health entitlement programs.

The Republican Study Committee is glad to have your support as we continue to fight for responsible, positive, conservative solutions to our country’s problems. If anyone you know is interested in fighting against runaway spending, government growth and a willful disregard for the fiscal solvency of future generations, please have them join us at
Sincerely, Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity
Every week, Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media.

· Rep. Todd Akin (MO-02): Democrats Proposing the Wrong Cuts; Washington Times, April 1.

· Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL): Now We’re Exporting America’s Bailout; Investor’s Business Daily, April 1.

· Chairman Tom Price (GA-06): Time to Pick Up the Pieces; Human Events, April 6.

· Rep. John Campbell (CA-48); Obama, Pelosi Redefine Big Spending; Orange County Register, April 6.

RSC Legislative Activity
RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative alternatives to the Democrats’ reckless agenda.

· Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16) introduced the Permanent Repeal of the Death Tax Act, a bill that would do away with the estate tax for good.

· Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05) is set to introduce a bill that would repeal the federal tax withholdings mandate. The bill will enhance awareness of how much the government takes in federal income taxes and allow taxpayers to collect interest on their capital throughout the year rather than temporarily forfeiting earnings to the federal government

House Floor Activity
The following key legislation saw a vote on the House floor last week:

· The Republican Study Committee budget proposal would have provided a balanced budget, reduced the national debt by more than $6 trillion compared to President Obama’s plan, provided $1.2 trillion in tax relief, ended bailouts, reduced spending, and tackled health entitlements. It was defeated at the hands of Democrats, 111-322.

· President Obama’s budget, which calls for $3.6 trillion in spending and paves the way for the ten largest deficits in American history, did not receive a single Republican vote. It passed 233-196, with 20 Democrats breaking ranks and joining in bipartisan opposition to this reckless spending spree.

Money Monitor
Each week, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

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Catholic League News Release


Harry Knox, director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, has been appointed by the Obama administration to serve on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why Knox is unfit to serve:

“On the home page of the Human Rights Campaign, it says that Knox was ‘denied ordination because he is gay.’ This is patently untrue. He was denied ordination in the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ because he is a sexually active homosexual. Regardless, it is his open disdain for Catholicism that makes him a bad choice to serve on the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

“When Pope Benedict XVI recently said that condoms are not the answer to HIV/AIDS, he was simply voicing common sense: the promiscuous distribution of condoms has coincided with a precipitous increase in HIV/AIDS. But to gay activists like Knox, the pope is a liar. Indeed, he instructed the pope to ‘start telling the truth about condom use,’ holding the Holy Father accountable for ‘endangering people’s lives.’ He never explained how calls for abstinence could possibly jeopardize anyone’s life. Knox even went so far as to say that because the Knights of Columbus—like most Americans—oppose gay marriage, they are ‘foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression.’

“Though Knox is not Catholic, he could not resist blasting the Catholic Church when it decided a few years back to ban homosexual candidates for the priesthood who ‘supported gay culture.’ He branded this commonsensical position ‘an attempt at mind control’ and a ‘dangerous and immoral’ stance. In other words, he wants the Catholic Church to accept candidates like himself, practicing homosexuals so radical that even liberal mainline Protestant seminaries turn them away.

“Catholics take note: the Obama administration would never appoint an anti-gay person to any post. But it has no problem appointing anti-Catholics.”

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3394 (fax)

Sexual Predator Non-Compliance

Many communities are dealing with, or attempting to deal with, the issue of sexual predators. Considering the percentage of them who are child predators they are not doing nearly enough.

Some communities act as if you can sweep the subject under the rug and it will go away and won't affect anyone. When sexual predators are being discovered in schools and living and working in areas supposedly off limits it has gone too far and must be addressed. Communities that refuse to say no to sexual offenders are doomed to become the dumping ground for every community that turns them away.

Non-compliance is not an issue, these leary communities are afraid of encouraging sexual offenders into non-compliance. They are already non-compliant! Do these communities not understand that a large number of these sexual offenders are registering false residencies?

They secure a cheap apartment or mobile home and live in it for a short period of time. After a while they let the utilities become disconnected, but maintain possession of the home, and then take up residency with a family member or friend. This way they are able to move about freely without anyone being aware there is a sexual offender living amongst them.

What good is requiring registry if no one is monitoring the accuracy of the information provided on a continual basis? It is worthless and no one cares until it is their child paying the price.