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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

My fellow Catholics need to just chill

I have the utmost respect for the Catholic League and its president, William Donohue. Often I’ve blogged their views on various issues.


On Tuesday, the following letter was sent from the Catholic League to the National Football League:


October 11, 2011


Mr. Roger Goodell


National Football League

345 Park Avenue

New York, New York 10154


Dear Mr. Goodell:


Last week, I issued a news release on reports that the NFL was weighing a decision to invite Madonna to perform at the 2012 Super Bowl. As you can see from the enclosed statement [the news release from 10/4], if this were to happen, Christians (especially Catholics) would have every reason to complain. It would not only expose a double standard—it would be seen as a slap in their face. And from the response we have garnered, it seems plain that many would be offended.


I implore you to find an entertainer who does not have a record of disrespecting Christian sensibilities. Thank you for your consideration.





William Donohue, Ph.D.




I recall a topic several years ago on Milwaukee Public Television’s InterCHANGE that involved a dilemma for a local youth soccer team that had some of its games scheduled on Sunday during Mass. My view was that the church shouldn’t be strident when it came to attendance or issuing an either or ultimatum because if it came down to a child’s soccer game or sitting in the pew, the church would lose.

There’s no question Madonna’s past included offensive anti-Catholic, anti-Christian actions. But we’re talking the Super Bowl. Trust me, there will be tons of devout Catholics who will not only watch Madonna at halftime, but won’t give the questionable things she’s done years ago a second thought.

They say you pick and choose your battles and this ain’t one of them. I admire the Catholic League’s deep convictions and commitment to the Catholic faith. But this effort can actually have a backlash that hurts the cause.

When “Vogue” comes on the radio, I generally don’t switch the station. In my book, that doesn’t make me a bad Catholic.


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