"This is totally not a religious thing. This is about Christmas."

12/08/2011 Comments (25)

When I first saw this story, I filed it in the “War on Christmas” file I have in my head. And make no mistake there is a war on Christmas. You seriously can’t be online for twenty minutes before you bump into a story where some government official or some organization of atheists is harumphing over a Christmas tree or…gasp…a nativity creche.

I know. I know. We all get laughed at by the harumphers when we mention the war on Christmas. But I’m here to tell you that the war on Christmas isn’t just an us against them thing. No. It’s a war with two fronts. I’ll call them the harumphers and the hollowers. And both are present in this news story. I’ll explain.

In this first case, a bus company...READ MORE

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Just a Dad Playing Hero

12/04/2011 Comments (19)

I’ve played Barbies.  I’ll admit it. Don’t you dare judge me.  I’m a father of four girls. I had no choice.

When my oldest was a toddler it was just her and me during the week while my wife worked. So we played Barbies. A lot. She would often toddle out of the bedroom in the morning rubbing her eyes with Barbies already in her hands, ready to start playing.

“Take this please,” she’d say and simply hand the Barbie to me and sit with her legs cris-cross apple sauce next to me.

I didn’t even get to be Ken. I was a Barbie. Not even a good one. I was the leftover Barbie, you know, the one whose left arm kept falling off and whose spangled pants didn’t match the plaid shirt. It’s not even...READ MORE

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The Seven Worst Christmas Specials…Evah!

11/30/2011 Comments (73)

I’ve got a bunch of kids. And I’ve got a television. This is a recipe for disaster, especially around Christmas time. If my kids see an ad for a Christmas special they’re on their knees pleading
“pleasecanwestayuptowatchitjustthisonceandwepromisewe’llgorighttobedandwewon’thiteachotherevenwhentheydeserveitandwe’llevenreadtomorrowpleasepleaseplease…

And I invariably say yes mainly because Christmas specials were a big deal for me as a kid. A really big deal. But I’ve noticed something while watching Christmas specials with my kids…they stink. Most of them stink really bad. Never mind the fact that most don’t even mention Jesus outside of that weird long eared donkey one. They’re just really...READ MORE

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PETA Ad Features Baby as Main Course for Thanksgiving

11/24/2011 Comments (26)

The nutjobs at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) always try to get noticed for how loony they’ve actually become. And let’s be honest, they do a good job at that. Well, this week, they’ve outdone themselves.

According to the LA Times:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals put its Thanksgiving baby feast up for display in Philadelphia and, most recently, on Tuesday in Baltimore.

“They set up a table” on a Baltimore sidewalk, PETA media coordinator Adam Miller told the Los Angeles Times, “like a Thanksgiving spread, with silverware and plates and stuff and the baby in the middle.”

Not a real baby but a doll, he said, and the display featured signs that read,...READ MORE

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Pamela Anderson Playing the Virgin Mary Says It All

11/20/2011 Comments (28)

Pamela Anderson, the silicon enhanced sex tape star and Playboy centerfold, will be playing the Virgin Mary in a sketch comedy show that will appear on the Comedy Network and in Canada.

Anderson will play the mother of Jesus opposite comedian Russell Peter Joseph in a mock manger scene in a comedy sketch Christmas special. CTV described the special as Peters’ “irreverent twist” on the Christmas special.

But I have to wonder—what’s the twist? There’s no twist to irreverence anymore. It’s been done and overdone.

Irreverence is so commonplace that it’s now the norm.

Honestly, how is it an “irreverent twist” when nobody’s making reverent Christmas specials anymore? You want to shock us,...READ MORE

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Is the Obama Administration Anti-Catholic?

11/15/2011 Comments (63)

A majority of Catholics voted for Barack Obama. And for it, we got a nice photo op at the University of Notre Dame and some ameliorating verbiage. But since then, we’ve seen a long list of actions that’s caused obvious displeasure among many Catholics, including priests and bishops.

And it has some asking if the Obama administration anti-Catholic?

For answers, let’s look at some recent actions by the administration.

Recently, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed a Freedom of Information Act request to discover why the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declined to renew a grant to them to aid victims of human trafficking. But it’s clearly because the...READ MORE

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Senators Demand Answers Why USCCB Cut Off by HHS

11/11/2011 Comments (35)

Just days after The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed a Freedom of Information Act request to discover why the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declined to renew a grant to aid victims of human trafficking, a group of Senators are publicly demanding answers.

In a public letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senators including Marco Rubio and Roy Blunt, among others, are demanding to know why the USCCB contract to provide services to victims of human trafficking was not renewed.

Here’s the text of the letter:

“We are writing you to express our deep concerns with your department’s recent decision not to award the U.S. Conference of Catholic...READ MORE

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Joe Paterno is a Good Man

11/11/2011 Comments (112)

When I grew up my father and all my brothers watched football on Saturday. Our team was Notre Dame and we pretty much viewed all the other teams (especially Miami) as evil. There were exceptions. The service academies, of course were an exception. And Penn State. My Dad told us that Joe Paterno played by the rules and was a good man. We still wanted Notre Dame to win but it didn’t hurt so bad if we didn’t.

I still believe Joe Paterno is a good man. He’s a good man that deserved to be fired for doing something very wrong. Joe Paterno did inform a university official that a graduate assistant had told him in 2002 about witnessing former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with a young boy in the...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.