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Newsday is Anti-Catholic and Morally Bankrupt

| by Catholic League

Catholic League President Bill Donohue
offered the
following comments about Newsday, the Long Island
daily:

There are two bills before the New York
State
legislature that address the sexual molestation of minors. One is
sponsored by Margaret Markey; the other is by Vito Lopez. The
Catholic Church favors the Lopez bill, and that is because,
unlike
the one that Newsday likes, it does not discriminate on
the
basis of location: it applies to private and public institutions
alike; the Markey bill gives public institutions a
pass.

Over the weekend, Newsday ran
several
stories on the bills, and in every one of them it failed to tell
the
truth. Never once did it tell readers that the Markey bill does
not
apply to the public schools. The closest it came was in a news
story
that mentioned that Sean Dolan, spokesman for the Diocese of
Rockville Centre, took issue with those like Michael Armstrong, a
spokesman for the Markey bill. ‘While Dolan said the bill
unfairly
targets the Catholic Church, Armstrong said it would apply to
victims
in any institution—private or public—including schools.’
Armstrong is
wrong. And since when does an unsubstantiated opinion substitute
for
accurate reporting?

Paul Vitello wrote the following last week
in the
New York Times about the Markey bill: ‘The disparity is
built into the legal protections granted under existing state law
to
all public workers and agencies: to sue a public employee or
agency
for damages of any kind, a person is required to file a claim
within
90 days of the alleged injury. A victim of childhood sex abuse by
a
public school teacher, for instance, has 90 days after turning 18
to
file notice of a claim.’

Moreover, under Markey’s bill,
someone
who alleges he or she was molested in a Catholic school when JFK
was
president could now do so. Newsday knows this, but fails
to
say so. Instead, it publishes a piece by Joye Brown telling the
Rockville Centre Diocese ‘to do nothing to stand in the
lawmakers’
way.’ In other words, roll over and drop dead.

We are contacting every parish on Long Island telling them about
the
lies and the anti-Catholicism of
Newsday.

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