The Amazing History Behind the Very Christian Plaque at Mount Rushmore

01/28/2016 Comments (13)

The story behind a plaque at Mount Rushmore explaining the history of the United States of America with quite a Christian flavor would probably surprise many people.

President Calvin Coolidge met the artist Gutzon Borglum who prompted him to dedicate the site for a carving of four president's busts in the 1920's. Coolidge helped to raise funds and was even present as the cornerstone was laid and said, “We have come here to dedicate a cornerstone laid by the hand of the Almighty. …The union of these four presidents carved on the face of the everlasting Black Hills of South Dakota … will be distinctly American in its conception, in its magnitude, in its meaning."

Borglum, in turn, asked...READ MORE

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Top 10 Proofs U.S. in a Handbasket to…You Know Where

01/26/2016 Comments (16)

10) After a series of videos showed Planned Parenthood attempting to sell baby body parts there have been no indictments of any Planned Parenthood employees but a grand jury indicted the two pro-lifers who ran the sting operation. One of the charges is for attempting to purchase human organs. No charges were filed against Planned Parenthood for attempting to sell said organs.

9) Last night, the show "Lucifer" premiered about Satan moving to Lose Angeles and solving crimes. Seriously. I know what you're thinking. Hey, at least it didn't get good ratings.

8) It got good ratings. No seriously, according to Variety this morning, "At 9 p.m., “Lucifer” opened with a hot 2.4/7 in 18-49 and 7.2...READ MORE

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Don't Reasons to Become Pro-Life Sometimes Sound Flimsy?

01/19/2016 Comments (14)

(Photo credit: Madcapslaugh Ecografía, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Sometimes the reasons people become pro-life can sound...flimsy? I bring this up because there was some questioning about Donald Trump's commitment to the pro-life cause. Personally I have no confidence in his pro-life credentials at all but I was thinking that sometimes when I'd heard others explain their pro-life conversion, they seemed a little...unimpressive.

Here's Trump's conversion a la The Weekly Standard:

In 1999, Tim Russert asked Trump if he would support a ban on "abortion in the third-trimester" or "partial-birth abortion." "No," Trump replied. "I am pro-choice in every respect." Trump explained his views may be the result of his "New York background." Now that Ted Cruz has...READ MORE

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The Catholic Actor Who Turned Down the Role of James Bond

01/12/2016 Comments (13)

Sean Connery and Roger Moore should thank Catholic actor Patrick McGoohan for their careers.

There's no doubt that the role of James Bond has created many careers including (and originally) Sean Connery's. Most actors would do just about anything to be cast in that role even today. But when the role was first cast, one Catholic actor turned down the role because of its reliance on sex and violence. But this wasn't just any actor. It was Patrick McGoohan whom Orson Welles admitted to feeling "intimidated" by his acting ability.

It was in 1960 when every actor wanted the role of James Bond. “I thought there was too much emphasis on sex and violence,” McGoohan explained a few years after...READ MORE

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A Father's Drunken, Armed Christmas Miracle

01/04/2016 Comments (9)

There's something pretty awesome about this story. It's like a Christmas miracle if a Christmas miracle can include booze, a gun, and lots of love.

George Pickering III, 27, was in the worst possible shape, after suffering a stroke, he was hooked up to a life support machine and his doctors had given up all hope. Declared "brain dead," his mother and brother made the decision to remove him from life support. An organ donor organization was even contacted.

Well, George Pickering II, didn't much like that decision. The Texan didn't agree with his ex wife that their son should be taken off life support. He thought everyone was moving way too fast. So he made a drink induced decision because...READ MORE

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The So-Called Wise Men

12/30/2015 Comments (20)

So my neighbor has these three plastic wise men on his lawn and every day he moves them a little closer to the stable. They are forced to navigate their way through Snoopy, Frosty, and reindeer on their way to Christ.

Not much is known about these so-called wise men but I've got questions. Firstly, how do we know they were wise? These guys picked up and left everything they knew because they saw something shiny. This doesn't seem very wise to me. They turned out to be right on this one but it makes me wonder how many poorly conceived adventures these guys had gone on before stumbling into finding the Son of God.

And can we be honest here that the history of the wise men has been a little...READ MORE

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The Story of the First Christmas Carol in North America and the Saint Who Wrote It

12/20/2015 Comments (2)

Saint Jean de Brebeuf was born in France in 1593 and became a Jesuit missionary who arrived in North America in 1625 on a mission to evangelize Native Americans.

Amazingly, he lived among the Huron people for over 15 years. In order to help the Huron understand Christmas, he wrote a verse in the language of the Huron and coupled it with a traditional French tune. This was the first Christmas Carol of North America and it has become known as "The Huron Carol."

Here it is, translated to English and performed quite beautifully:

Here's the lyrics in English and modernized:

Twas in the moon of wintertime When all the birds had fled,

That mighty Gitchi Manitou Sent angel choirs instead;


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Court Rules Catholic School Violated Rights of Fired Administrator

12/18/2015 Comments (33)

In a troubling ruling, a Massachusetts court ruled against a Catholic school for violating a man's rights when it refused to hire him after it became known that he was legally married to another man.

In 2013, The Fontbonne Academy in Milton, Massachusetts had originally offered a man, Matthew Barrett, a job as food services director but when he filled out his emergency contact information he listed another man whom he was legally married to. The school then told him that he couldn't work for the Catholic school, after all.

Of course, a lawsuit ensued. And the judge in this case, Associate Justice Douglas H. Wilkins, rejected the distinction that the school attempted to make which was that...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.