Obama's Assault On Religious Freedom

08/17/2011 Comments (29)

The title of this post is not hyperbole.

Every once in a while a court case comes along that could have profound ramifications for our liberty. Many times, everyone knows about these cases. Sometimes they do not. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC could be one of those cases.

This particular case is about the Ministerial Exception. In a nutshell, the Ministerial Exception allows for religious organizations “to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine.”

Based on this right, twelve federal circuits have recognized the “ministerial exception.” (The Federal Circuit has no jurisdiction...READ MORE

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The Horrible Meanings Behind Nursery Rhymes

08/14/2011 Comments (59)

My wife went out to a shower today. I’m still not even sure if it was a baby shower or a wedding shower. I don’t really ask a lot of questions. All I know is she got dressed up and left me home with the five kids.

It was raining so me, being Super Dad, picked out a large book of nursery rhymes from our bookshelf to read to the four-year-old. I asked my six-year-old son if he wanted to listen and he looked at me like I had three or maybe four heads that were each speaking Portuguese in Pig Latin.

OK. I’ll take that as a no. I’m perceptive like that.

I started with Humpty Dumpty, the epic tale of an unfortunate egg. My eight-year-old daughter, sitting nearby, interrupted by asking “What’s...READ MORE

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This Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

08/11/2011 Comments (11)

This is probably the most beautiful and wonderful thing I’ve seen on television in years (or ever.) Truly inspiring and a great restorative of my faith in humanity.

HT Jill Stanek

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That Fateful Day Ten Years Ago

08/08/2011 Comments (25)

It is hard to believe it has been ten years since that fateful day in which the President addressed us to discuss the death of thousands.  No, not that day.  It has been ten years since President Bush made his decision to allow federal funding for research into how we could use the death of other human beings for maximum benefit.

A little refresher.  On August 9, 2001, just a month short of another fateful day in American history, President Bush addressed the nation to explain his decision to allow federal funding on existing stem cell lines.

President Bush acknowledged the profound ethical questions involved but in a misdirected attempt at Solomonic wisdom decided to split the baby.  He...READ MORE

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American Unexceptionalism

08/08/2011 Comments (11)

So we have been downgraded.  The Standard and Poors downgrade of our credit rating was the big thud you heard Friday evening.  No doubt, the next few weeks will be spent in earnest effort by anyone in need of votes to ward off impending unemployment making sure you understand how the other guys are to blame for it.  It is always the other guys.

As we listen to the clamor of “The tea party did it!” and “Tax and spend liberals did it!” know this.  Many of those screaming loudest are the most culpable.  Some of yesterday’s big spenders are today’s tea partiers.  Of course, all economic policies are not created equal but that is not my point today.

The downgrade, in as much as it is a...READ MORE

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Let's Pimp the Popemobile!

08/04/2011 Comments (28)

OK. I’m gonna’ play it straight with you. The original old school 21 foot long Popemobile with the bubble on top is up for sale. And I don’t know how to say this without seeming indelicate but…I want it. I want it bad.

That’s right the 1964 Lincoln Continental Limousine, built at the special request of the Vatican to Ford Motor Company to convey Pope Paul VI through New York to address the United Nations on World Peace, is for sale. And I want it.

Dont’ think this is some flight of fancy. Pat and I have wanted something like this for a long time. Back in the 90’s we spent a lot of time after rehearsals for our “Spandau Ballet” cover band (until Patrick went all Flock of Seagulls on me)...READ MORE

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Debt Deal's Biggest Losers—Bishops

08/02/2011 Comments (173)

It seems that just about nobody is happy about the debt deal.  Tea-partiers feel they lost.  Liberals feel they lost. The American people certainly lost and whether he feels that way or not, President Obama surely lost.  But there are others that also lost in this deal.  Others that many people would be surprised to see in a list of losers because of the debt deal, Bishops Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York.  And by extension, all the Bishops of the USCCB lost in this deal.

Americans may have lost a great opportunity to get our fiscal house in order, politicians may have lost their base or some political capital, but the bishops lost...READ MORE

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My $3 Lesson in Christianity

08/01/2011 Comments (68)

The southern heat hit me as I got off the train. It must have been 115 degrees. A wet 115 degrees. Northerners like me don’t do that kind of heat. It felt like the sun was visiting Virginia and came via the sewer.

I was down there for business a few days ago. A small town. Real small. When I got off the train I didn’t know which direction to walk. I spotted a man sitting on the bench inside the station. I call it a station but it’s not really a station. It’s more like they put a roof on top of the place where the train stops.

The man I asked for directions had a big belly, perfectly parted gray hair, and a furry mustache. If you were making a movie about an old time Southern lawyer, this...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.