Secular Blasphemy

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:17 PM Comments (8)

Banning religious garb is all the rage these days. The secular order must be maintained at all times.

The banning of Burqas and full face veils has become so popular, in fact, that even some countries you wouldn’t expect are getting in to the act. Recently, another country has banned the niqab, the full Islamic veil that reveals only a woman’s eyes, at all universities. Has Islamophobia taken over? Not quite.

The country that is doing the banning? Syria.

Let the outrage commence! Oh yeah… Nevermind.

Let me go on record stating that while I do not care for the niqab, I do not support any government action to ban any kind of religious garb. Whether it is in France or Syria. That said, I...READ MORE

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There Are Witches In My Basement

Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:50 AM Comments (8)

I have long been an advocate of Bishops taking a harder line with leaders receiving communion who openly oppose Church teaching and advocate immoral policies.

Bishops have understandably been reticent to withhold communion, but now one Bishop has said enough is enough and has threatened to ban a local leader from communion unless he stops his advocacy of immoral and un-Catholic policies.

That is the good news.

The bad news is that the immoral practice invoked in this case is rounding up potential witches and wizards and locking them in his basement.

Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people in Northern Province has allegedly established an illegal prison at his palace to...READ MORE

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Anglo-Catholics Lose Their Escape Hatch—Good

Monday, July 12, 2010 12:56 AM Comments (15)

Over the weekend, the protestants of the Anglican communion acted like protestants.  Good.

This past weekend the General Synod of the Church of England rejected a compromise over women’s ordination aimed at maintaining the unity of the Church of England.  The compromise would have allowed for male Bishop’s only for those who reject female ordination and female bishops for the rest.  A two-tiered episcopacy intended to maintain some semblance of unity.

The acceptance of women Bishops in the Church of England is now a foregone conclusion.  Believe it or not, this is a good thing.

This closes for the good the escape hatch for those in the Church of England who maintain they are orthodox in...READ MORE

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Undercover Jews?

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (23)

Some Jews walks down the street of a European city.  Yarmulkes sit atop their heads.  Recognizable as a Jews, they don’t make it very far before they attract unwanted attention.  At first they were mocked, then they were spit upon, while their attackers make Nazi salutes.

Nazi Germany 1939?  No.  Amsterdam, 2010.

Last week, a television broadcast showed how three Jews with skullcaps, two adolescents and an adult, were harassed within thirty minutes of being out in the streets of Amsterdam. Young Muslims spat at them, mocked them, shouted insults and made Nazi salutes. “Dirty Jew, go back to your own country,” a group of Moroccan youths shouted at a young indigenous Dutch Jew.

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Praying For Christopher Hitchens

Thursday, July 01, 2010 9:47 AM Comments (205)

I know he doesn’t want me to and I know he thinks it is useless but, Christopher Hitchens, I am praying for you.

Christopher Hitchens can be smart, acerbic, funny, mean, insightful, and thick.  He defends Western Civilization while, via his outspoken atheism, semantically chipping away at the Christian pillars that support it.  In short, Christopher Hitchens is a frustrating person.  Christopher Hitchens is also very sick.  He writes…

I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.

There are no good cancers to have, but if you were...READ MORE

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The Grinch Who Stole Ecumenism

Monday, June 28, 2010 8:00 AM Comments (3)

One can imagine that Cardinal Kasper has feelings akin to those experienced by an old school salesman in a world of cell phones and web conferences.  For them, it is all about the meet and greet, the personal connection, and the bond formed between men.  He is still doing his job the same way he always has and to the best of his ability, yet it just doesn’t seem to work anymore. He hasn’t changed, but the job has.

Cardinal Kasper, the Church’s head ecumenist, is 77 years old and rumor has it his retirement is imminent.  In a press conference the Cardinal spoke about the end of his tenure.  In his remarks he looked backwards and forwards.  The theme of his remarks, as always, is dialogue.

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Lesbians On 34th Street—Bad For Business

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:33 AM Comments (13)

Do you remember the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street?  In that movie the legendary department store that employed Santa sent its shoppers to other stores if they had better prices.  It was the department store with a heart of gold.

But do you remember the motivation of the fictional Mr. Macy for institutionalizing the referral policy?  Because having a heart of gold translated into customer loyalty and real gold—aka profit.

Do you know how I know that the Mr. Macy in the movie was fictional?  He cared about profit, something the real Macy’s doesn’t seem to desire.

Blogger Thomas Peters recently noted that the Macy’s in D.C has prominent street displays promoting gay marriage.

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Reason #5,647 Not To Like Soccer

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:45 AM Comments (32)

I understand that soccer is all the rage these days and I have been following the world cup just like many others. But…

One often hears the question, “Why isn’t soccer more popular in the US?”  Of course there are many reasons.  Ninety minutes of running around only to end up nil nil is not very satisfying.  I mean real sports shouldn’t end in a tie and they certainly shouldn’t end 0-0.

When my boys were little and started out playing little league, the rules said not to keep score.  Of course, even though they weren’t supposed to, the kids knew who really won the game.  Even these little ones understand that sports are supposed to have winners.

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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.