Lesbians On 34th Street—Bad For Business

06/21/2010 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

06/17/2010 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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Ave Maria: Questions and Answers

06/14/2010 Comments (21)

A week ago I wrote a post calling on Tom Monaghan, founder of Ave Maria University and builder of the town of of Ave Maria, to answer some serious questions surrounding the sale of his land for the purpose of development for the bio-tech company Jackson labs.

The serious question arose because there is evidence that Jackson labs is involved in research into contraception and in vitro fertilization and there was some speculation that Jackson Labs might even have some links to human embryonic stem cell research.

On its face, the sale of the land for the expressed purpose of developing a facility for such a company would seem to run counter to the professed mission and Catholic values of Mr....READ MORE

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Re-Married Lesbian Bishops Are Hard To Shop For

06/08/2010 Comments (7)

What happens when you sit on a three legged stool with only two legs?

Out of the UK comes news that at a meeting of the Anglican House of Bishops in May, they voted for the first time to allow divorced bishops.

The only question I have is, what took them so long?  What I mean to say is that in a ‘church’ that has formally abandoned the indissolubility of marriage (a point on which Jesus was fairly unambiguous), that this day was surely to come.

The Anglican traditionalists are shocked and disappointed.  For my part, I am shocked and disappointed that there are still traditionalists adhering to the Anglican Communion.

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Ave Maria U: What Are You Doing?

06/03/2010 Comments (39)

I am befuddled.  Why would those who built a Catholic University and ostensibly a Catholic town to surround it, actively recruit and assist a business that performs work antithetical to Catholic teaching to the area?

That seems to be exactly what is happening.  Tom Monaghan and his development partners are actively recruiting Jackson Laboratory to the surrounding area and the University leadership is assisting.

I understand that luring a large bio-tech company into the area could be a boon to the town and to the university, but at what price?  Through facts dug up at AveWatch.com, I must say there is enough evidence of Jackson Laboratory’s involvement in contraceptive research and...READ MORE

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Breaking Bad: The Wages of Sin

05/31/2010 Comments (13)

My favorite show on television is about the manufacture and distribution of crystal meth in Albuquerque.  Yeah, go figure.

The show, Breaking Bad, centers around a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) who receives a diagnosis of lung cancer.  Walter, fearing financially for his family which includes a pregnant wife and a fifteen year old boy with cerebral palsy, decides to use his chemistry skills to cook crystal meth just for a little while.

I really enjoy this show for many reasons.  The acting is first rate and the story telling enthralling.  But mostly I enjoy it because it is a character study, it dives deep into the character and nature of sin.

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Coming Soon: TV Abortion Commericals

05/25/2010 Comments (7)

Well, it was only a matter of time.  In a first, a UK television station will air an advertisement for abortion.

You can see the story in this youtube video.

My first impulse upon hearing this story was that abortion providers here might try the same thing, and they probably will.  Then it occurred to me that perhaps TV ads are the last thing they want.

Think about it.  Two-thirds of every drug commercial you see on television in the U.S. expounds a ludicrously long litany of any and all possible side effects.  I am no legal expert and most abortions being surgery rather than a drug, the same standards may not apply.  However, it is conceivable that abortion providers might very well...READ MORE

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A Pox On 'Pastoral'

05/20/2010 Comments (16)

Have you ever had one of those experiences wherein you got sick after eating or drinking something and then, even though you know that the sickness was probably not related to that food item, you just cannot stand to look at it or even smell it without getting nauseous?

Well I have.  Nothing against Cracker Barrel, but I can’t go within 1000 yards without needing a barrel myself. Enough about that.

But I have also found that the same thing can happen with words.  When I find words that occur in frequent proximity to things that make me sick, I find that I can no longer stomach the word anymore, even if used appropriately.

Much to my chagrin, I find myself facing this very situation right...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.