April 11, 1995 |
A New Yorker cover depicting a business-suited Easter Bunny crucified on a tax form has upset some Christians. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said Monday that the illustration is insulting to Christians and "particularly outrageous" during the week leading up to Easter Sunday. The illustration by cartoonist Art Spiegelman on the Monday issue that went on sale this week shows a white rabbit in a suit and tie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1986
The Times' charge of "unwarranted intrusion" concerning Archbishop Mahony's letter to Catholics about "health clinics" providing contraceptives to teen-agers deserves a reply from Catholics who live in the earthiness of our secular society. Both The Times and school board member Roberta Weintraub reflect the same arrogance: the secular world is our school ground--no Catholics allowed! In their attitudes can be seen the perverse extension of notions about church and state. If religious-minded people are enjoined from using government to support their views they also should refrain from free expression as citizens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1986 |
A nationally known manufacturer, criticized for a controversial advertisement, has apologized to the Roman Catholic organization that said the ad defamed the religion and its schools.
April 8, 1999 |
Miramax co-founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein are forming a personally owned corporation to buy worldwide distribution rights to director Kevin Smith's soon-to-be-completed religious satire, "Dogma," which has already drawn fire from church groups. A source familiar with the deal said the brothers will buy the negative and film rights for about $11 million. They plan to sell domestic distribution rights to a third party and to work with individual distributors internationally.
November 12, 1999 |
The Los Angeles premiere of Kevin Smith's controversial comedy "Dogma" could hardly have been more different than the movie's East Coast premiere at the New York Film Festival. In New York, Smith and the film's stars were ushered into Lincoln Center under the watch of tense security guards with every effort being made to keep the principals away from the droves of sign- and crucifix-wielding picketers.
April 21, 1990
Several Christian organizations have joined in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, which is appealing a court ruling that the Hindu sect caused emotional distress to the parents of a former member. The Krishnas are also facing a judicial order, temporarily stayed this week, to sell five of their temples to satisfy a $5-million judgment in the case.
December 8, 2007 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is getting back into the Christmas spirit. Two years ago, the discount chain substituted the word "holiday" for Christmas references and encouraged store greeters to do the same, in line with other retailers' removal of "Christmas" from advertising and stores. Now, after criticism from religious groups, Wal-Mart is getting back in the spirit. For the first time, the Bentonville, Ark.-based merchant is bringing Santas into its 3,407 stores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1991 |
The Justice Department said Wednesday that it has decided not to prosecute local police officers on charges of using excessive force when they arrested anti-abortion demonstrators in four cities, including San Diego, two years ago. Justice Department prosecutors who reviewed the allegations concluded they lacked evidence of criminal intent by the officers to use excessive force when they arrested protesters who were blocking the entrances to abortion clinics, spokeswoman Amy Casner said.