3 Unwise Men and a Baby

01/08/2012 Comments (15)

Talk about the worst birthday gift ever. Cute baby! Here’s some myrhh for His funeral to hide the stench of the corpse!

Dude. Killjoy much? I mean, who does that?

And it’s not like this was some last minute shopping these guys did and they were up against the clock running around the Bethlehem Wal-Mart minutes before closing. They traveled thousands of miles to give this. It’s tacky. I don’t care who you are. (I’m betting they didn’t even wrap the gifts. They were guys. Guys never wrap anything.)

I’m betting Joseph and Mary kinda’ shrugged their shoulders, shook their heads, and said, “Foreigners.”

The wise men, I’m thinking, don’t seem so wise if you ask me. But hey, they weren’t...READ MORE

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Is Violence Sometimes The Answer?

A Good Christian Smack In The Head

01/06/2012 Comments (38)

Two very different stories got me thinking about the very valuable nature of a good smack upside the head.  The first story is about the last Catholic high school in the US has finally done away with corporal punishment.  The other about a very rude person who got his comeuppance.

Oh, I know that in our enlightened society, hitting anyone for any reason whatsoever is considered the height of barbarism.  It is a wondrous thing that a society such as ours which routinely sacrifices its young at the altar of convenience without raising an eyebrow can still be so rigorous in observing the proprieties, no? And while hitting is not the answer to everything and oft abused, perhaps a zero...READ MORE

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Get off the Hulu, Save America

01/04/2012 Comments (36)

America is being pulled apart at the seams. It’s a technological balkanization. America has become a bizarro Babel.

In Babel, everyone was talking but nobody could understand each other. But in America it’s now the opposite. Nobody’s even allowed to talk because the main topic of what we talk most often about -television- is now off limits as a conversation point. Let’s face it folks, television has formed the foundation of 70 percent of my workplace conversations in my life and 90 percent of my good ones. And now we’re being silenced because there’s people who are three or four or even five episodes behind.

Nowadays, anyone says anything about what they watched on television and you get...READ MORE

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Generation Porno

01/02/2012 Comments (70)

In defense of taboo.

Liberal intelligentsia circa 1990:  “You know, you fundamentalist types are all hung up on sex.  If you would just lose your hangups, things would be better.  Take pornography for instance, it is the taboo associated with it that makes it “forbidden” and therefore tantalizing.  If we could just get rid of the taboo, most people would lose interest in it.”

Well, they got their wish.  For the last fifteen years, almost every last bit of the taboo against pornography has been eradicated from our culture.  Pornography is everywhere.

Once upon a time, pornography was a rare thing.  When I grew up, my only exposure to pornography was from that sweaty kid down the street. ...READ MORE

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Abortion Clinic House of Horrors Leads to Murder Charges

12/30/2011 Comments (17)

Two Maryland abortionists have reportedly been charged with murder by a grand jury in the case where a police search of the clinic revealed a house of horrors where authorities discovered a freezer full of dead babies, the victims of late term abortions.

This, of course, is reminiscent of the Gosnell clinic in Philadelphia where police found babies crammed in jars.

In this case, police reportedly discovered a freezer with 35 late term unborn babies inside, including one believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks.

It’s believed that authorities were first turned on to investigating the clinic when, after botching a late term abortion on a young woman, the doctors, Steven Brigham and Nicola...READ MORE

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No-Good Rotten Blue-Dog Dastard To Retire

12/28/2011 Comments (38)

Everybody remembers the pro-life treachery in the House of Bart Stupak.  Stupak sold babies into government funded death with his last minute support of Obamacare.  His name, like Benedict Arnold before him, quickly became synonymous with his dastardly deed.  So reviled was he, that he announced his retirement soon after.

Well, Stupak’s doppelganger in the Senate, the other no-good rotten dastard in the whole sordid affair Ben Nelson has announced that he will retire rather than face his very deserved electoral comeuppance.

Senator Ben Nelson is the same guy who swore up and down that he would stand firm against abortion funding in the healthcare bill only to suffer the world’s most...READ MORE

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A Christmas Massacre

12/26/2011 Comments (17)

A buddy of mine who fought over in Iraq tells me of visiting a Catholic Church there. He said you’d hardly notice the church but on Sundays a number of Catholics would bravely arrive at Mass, knowing that their mere attendance could be a death sentence.

It affected him greatly. It made him think how he took for granted the ease with which he could attend Mass back in America with his wife and children. And I’ll admit that just hearing him speak of it, affected me. Not many Sundays go by without me thinking of those brave Christians who proclaim their love of Jesus at the risk of their own lives.

I know that growing up I always heard or read of the martyrs being put to death for their...READ MORE

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The Death Of Pretty

12/21/2011 Comments (750)

This post is intended as a lament of sorts, a lament for something in the culture that is dying and may never been seen again.

Pretty, pretty is dying.

People will define pretty differently.  For the purposes of this piece, I define pretty as a mutually enriching balanced combination of beauty and projected innocence.

Once upon a time, women wanted to project an innocence.  I am not idealizing another age and I have no illusions about the virtues of our grandparents, concupiscence being what it is.  But some things were different in the back then.  First and foremost, many beautiful women, whatever the state of their souls, still wished to project a public innocence and virtue.  And...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.