Utah's (And The Mormon's) Immoral Adoption Law

Friday, February 14, 2014 12:27 PM Comments (102)

Imagine my surprise that one of the most immoral and anti-family laws I have ever seen is on the books in the supposedly family-friendly state of Utah. And then to find out that the supposedly family-friendly Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is complicit in what amounts to kidnapping.

Utah allows families to be anonymously ripped apart taking babies away from a parent who wants them.

The law allows mothers to place their children up for adoption without the consent or knowledge of the father. In some cases, the father desperately wants the child but he has no say and no path to gain custody of the child.

Foxnews reports on some horror stories that have led a dozen men,...READ MORE

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Is Work Beneath Us?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:32 PM Comments (37)

I didn't realize that the country famous for what some call its protestant work ethic, has come to revile work in such an open way.

But this fact was brought home to me in the past week through the confluence of a few stories.

First, the CBO's estimates that Obamacare will be responsible for the loss of 2.5 million jobs. No matter the nuances of the report, this is not the type of story that any politician wants to be talking about. It is the type of story that you ignore and with a willing press, it will soon go away. This is particularly true in an era of stubbornly high unemployment and underemployment. But strangely, that is not what happened.

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Saying No to Sleepovers

Friday, February 07, 2014 4:51 PM Comments (99)

How do you say no to a sleepover? My fourteen year old is asked to sleep over so many people’s houses that if I said yes to all of them she’d be an emancipated minor by now.

I’ve been going with “not tonight” but other parents are definitely noticing. My daughter told me that the kids’ parents have said that Mr. Archbold doesn’t trust them. It’s not that I don’t trust them, it’s just that I don’t trust them with my children who mean more to me than anyone in the world. Is that so hard to understand?

Last weekend I had a Dad walk up to me and say his daughter wanted to know if my oldest could sleep over. I’m being honest here, I’d never laid eyes on the man before. He’s a divorced...READ MORE

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Bad Evangelism

A trip to the autoparts store makes me examine my writing.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 11:47 AM Comments (27)

With another winter storm looming on the east coast and my windshield wipers shredded, I headed over to the auto parts store to get some replacements.  I wasn't sure of the sizes, so I needed help from an employee.

When I walked into the store, there were already 5 people on line for the employee behind the counter.  I looked around for another employee but none could be found.  So I got on line.

I could see from the outset that at least 2 people on line were already seriously disgruntled and the rest of the folks on line did not look much more gruntled.  Moments after I joined the line, one man left the it and the store, clearly exasperated and with an audible huff.  The employee...READ MORE

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One Nation, Divided

Monday, February 03, 2014 12:00 PM Comments (50)

Let's face it, boring Super Bowls happen..

But at least we have the commercials to entertain us, right?  Well, last night they were all pretty much like the game, boring.

One commercial is garnering attention, one from Coca-Cola that has America the Beautiful being sung in many different languages by many different types of people. 

What has some people talking is the inclusion of a gay couple with their daughter.  Like I said, boring.  Is this even still a thing since this type of stuff is everywhere these days?  I mean gays are the most over-represented subset of a subset in media.  But still, ok, whatever, yawn.

The thing that struck me about the ad that is supposedly...READ MORE

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7 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Too Pleased About Pope Francis on the Cover of Rolling Stone

Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:02 PM Comments (23)

There's a few reasons Catholics shouldn't get too psyched about Pope Francis being on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

7) It's not 1978. Look, at one point Rolling Stone was a huge cover which granted the imprimatur of cool to anyone on its cover. Those days aren't just gone. They're long gone. Their courting of irrelevance may have turned into a full embrace sometime around them putting Wilson Phillips on the cover. Or maybe it was Ricky Martin. But it was definitely already gone by the time they put Clay Aiken on the cover. Definitely.


6) There's a big story about Sting and Paul Simon in the same issue. I think AARP's magazine is also running the same feature.


5) Let's...READ MORE

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Searching for a Catholic High School

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:56 PM Comments (78)

I have been looking at different Catholic high schools for my 8th grader. So we went on the tours and she “shadowed” (which is to say, attended for a day) at several schools and I met many people in the administration. I have to say, that as someone who is concerned about Catholic education the results have been a bit disheartening.

The first tour I went on, the first person the school had everyone meet was an elderly nun in a wheelchair. Nice woman. I’m still unsure what her responsibilities at the school were but she was very nice. Other than her I don’t think there was anything else there to indicate the school was Catholic at all except the crucifixes on the classroom walls. We were...READ MORE

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Foxnews Writer Attacks The Pope

Friday, January 24, 2014 12:33 PM Comments (114)

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a website that daily publishes lists of stars that have lost their mojo and good/bad bikini bodies would publish something as stupid as Adam Shaw's piece.

Adam Shaw, writing at Foxnews.com, unleashes a juvenile diatribe against Pope Francis is which he calls the Pope a "snob" and against prosperity.

For a taste, check out the opening paragraph of this stupidity.

Pope Francis has declared war on those who aspire to provide a better life for themselves and their families, expressing the misguided snobbery of a man for whom money has never been an issue.

War on prosperity? War on aspirations? Snobbery?

It gets worse. He derides the Pope's...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.