The Lord of the Flies School

12/28/2010 Comments (29)

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I decided to put the children in charge.

I hesitate to call an idea stupid (OK, I really don’t), but in the history of stupid ideas, this gets top billing right next to getting involved in a land war in Asia and “Flock of Seagulls” haircuts.

The idea?  Schools entirely run by kids.  Little kids.

What could go wrong?

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This is clearly an NBC puff piece, but I cannot help but speculate if, perhaps, the producers are making some subliminal commentary.

Take the success story mentioned in the piece.  The...READ MORE

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Lame Duck? No. Zombie Duck

12/23/2010 Comments (2)

The lame duck session of Congress is finally over.

This session of congress has been called “the most ambitious legislative agenda that’s ever been pursued in a lame-duck session since the 20th Amendment.”

Since the what amendment?

The 20th amendment.  That is the amendment to the Constitution that was supposed to kill lame duck congresses forever.  Now we have Zombie Duck Congresses.

Lame duck sessions of Congress have always seemed wrong to Americans.  We just voted the bums out, why should they get to decide anything?  They shouldn’t.

So the Congress passed and the states ratified the 20th amendment.  The headline in the 1933 Washington Post declared “Present Lame Duck Session Will...READ MORE

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Chastisement

12/20/2010 Comments (6)

When reading the Old Testament, the chastisement of the Jews is relentless.  Every time they turn their back on God through disobedience, they are attacked, enslaved, or displaced.  Every time.  But they kept on doing it.

Reading about the Old Testament Jews reminds me of watching a horror movie.  You scream fruitlessly at the screen “Don’t do it!!  Exile and slavery are waiting behind the door!!”  Alas, alack.

That is the thing, characters in a horror movie do no know they are in a horror movie, they live their lives as if all is normal.

So too, life in chastisement seems much the same.  Do you think that your average brick making Jew in Egypt realized that his people were being...READ MORE

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Anglican Nuns Joining The Battle. Will You?

12/16/2010 Comments (10)

We have all seen the war movies and heard the stories of those too young to serve lying about their age so as to join the service in defense of liberty, justice, or freedom.  Some said they were young and naive, but they wanted to be in the battle.  They wanted to make a difference.

When I hear these stories, I usually think of the kid from Brooklyn or the farm boy out of Iowa.  They knew where the real battle of their day was occurring and they wanted to be part of it.

The kid from Brooklyn, the farm boy from Iowa, the nuns at Walsingham?

In a joint statement, the nuns explained their situation. They said: “On December 2 2010 Sister Wendy Renate, Sister Jane Louise and Sister Carolyne...READ MORE

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Jesuit: "I Am A Religious Atheist"

12/09/2010 Comments (50)

You know the old expression “kids say the darnedest things?” Well sometimes old Jesuits say the damnedest things.

Perhaps we are at the point where writing about an old Jesuit spouting heretical stuff is like writing “dog bites man,” but let’s have a go shall we?

Roger P. Lenaers SJ,(85) of the parish Vorderhornbach in the diocese is in Innsbruck spoke at a lecture in Vienna.  You know how old men tell you what they really think without the filters younger men put in place?  Well Fr. Lenaers told us what he really thinks.

He started by saying** ““modern science” have brought to light that the universe follow its own laws, is autonomous and is not directed from the outside.”

It then...READ MORE

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Kennedys, Cuomos, And Palins

12/06/2010 Comments (79)

What is it with the Kennedys and Cuomos?  I mean, we get it.  Religion in the public sphere is a horrible thing unless it can be used to your advantage.  Gotcha.

Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend wrote an op-ed the other day criticizing Sarah Palin (who else?) for saying that JFK got it wrong when he made his religion subordinate to his politics.

I could spend this time trying to deconstruct what Kennedy-Townsend said, but what is the point?  Back when JFK made his infamous 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.  Paraphrased “I am a politician first, my Catholicism is a distant second, if that, because the Constitution says so or something.”

Blah.

Mario Cuomo raised this...READ MORE

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WaPo Hits Church With Un-padded Pipe

11/29/2010 Comments (83)

The fallout from the media’s purposeful misinterpretation of the Pope’s comments on condoms continues.

The media continues to use the Pope’s comments to promote the narrative that the Pope changed teaching on contraception despite all evidence and statements to the contrary.

Although it was utterly predictable, the media now has their lie and they will continue to run with it.  There is no better example of this than an article in yesterday’s Washington Post.

The article is laughingly titled “At St. Matthew’s, faithful have mixed views as they ponder pope’s comments on condom use.”  Mixed views?  That is a very funny title because the Washington Post did not quote one single person who...READ MORE

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Save The Sex Offenders

11/23/2010 Comments (78)

Sex offenders don’t have much in the way of friends. Many communities restrict where sex offenders can live. Many communities put common sense restrictions on these offenders.  Can’t live or come too close to schools.  Uh huh.  Can’t live or come too close to parks.  Check.  Libraries.  I guess so.

These measures seem fine, reasonable even.  They are sex offenders after all.  Who wants them?

God.  That’s Who.

But now a Wisconsin town is considering adding to the list of places that are no-go for sex offenders.  Churches.

The Town of Delafield’s proposed ordinance would create child safety zones around schools, parks and conservation areas, the library, golf courses and movie...READ MORE

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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.