Hell Is Not Hot

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:00 PM Comments (11)

I have heard it said that when a baby closes its eyes, it perceives the entire world has gone away rather than just their ability to perceive it.  I have often wondered how scientists can know such a thing, but I think that now I know.  They must have witnessed this same behavior in adults and merely extrapolated backwards.

Case in point, Newsweek’s religion editor Lisa Miller has a new book out on Heaven and the various different notions of it.  In an interview with Sally Quinn, Miller is asked whether she believes in Hell, to which she replies with an emphatic “no.”  Asked why, she cites the dwindling polls numbers for hell.  Hell is not hot right now.

Of course, we know that reality is...READ MORE

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The Easter Bunny Must Die

Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:18 PM Comments (71)

Among the peeves I keep as pets, chief is my loathing of the Easter Bunny.  There are many reasons to hate the Bunny.  I will get into why in particular the Bunny, but first to some other pressing business.

Why is it that religious holidays require mascots to make them palatable to secularists who otherwise wouldn’t give a fig about the celebration?  While some mascots are cool in their own right, most add nothing and typically detract from the holiday’s expressed purpose.

Take the leprechaun.  Actually, don’t take the leprechaun. I am pretty sure that taking a leprechaun is bad luck.  But the leprechaun as a symbol of St. Paddy’s Day?  A hard-drinking short guy consumed with greed is not...READ MORE

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Bishops Share The Blame

Monday, March 22, 2010 9:50 AM Comments (13)

[Please see the addendum at the end of this post.]

Well, it is done. The Government takeover of health-care is now the law of the land complete with the federal funding of abortion.

At this horrific moment we must make an honest assessment of how we arrived at this point.  The responsibility for this terrible moment in history is spread far and wide.  The Democrat party, committed to the Siamese causes of increasing government control of lives and desire to have less lives, is the obvious culprit but far from the only one.

A truly honest assessment of the situation should hold the Republican party to account.  Truth be told, the Republican party has acquitted themselves well in the past...READ MORE

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Throwing The Bathwater Out With The Baby?

Sacrificing Health Care For Abortion

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 5:00 PM Comments (5)

In all the discussion about whip counts it is easy to lose sight of what really counts and what the health care debate is really all about.  It should come as little surprise that this is all about abortion, or more specifically about the federal funding of abortion.

However, conversely to what the media would have you believe, it is not primarily about Bart Stupak and a handful of pro-life Democrats holding up health-care reform.  Rather, it is about the leadership of the Democrat party’s willingness to sacrifice their electoral livelihoods and/or health-care “reform” in order to make sure abortion is covered.

The real truth is that if health-care reform were the true overriding...READ MORE

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Heretically Correct

Thursday, March 11, 2010 4:37 PM Comments (49)

The culturally corrosive effects of political correctness manifest themselves in many ways.  Perhaps one of the more deleterious effects of this social tyranny is self-imposed silence when it comes to the truth.  Many know the truth but seek to avoid confrontation in a world that abhors enlightening argument.  Rather, certain opinions are deemed offensive by those who are the designated deemers of such things.  End of story.

Most of us have learned to shrug off such things, we cannot single-handedly change our culture and there is life to be lived, so we move on.  But the time for shrugging may be over.  When political correctness does not just demand silence for the truth, but the active...READ MORE

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Faux Dramatic Stress Disorder

Monday, March 08, 2010 5:00 PM Comments (7)

Our culture is well acquainted with the notion of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Originally developed to describe the real psychological after-effects of combat, our culture knew a good excuse when it saw it.  We took the term, shortened it to an enticing acronym (PTSD) and substituted drama for trauma.  No need for further explanation, we hold these truths in the contempt reserved for the familiar.

In our entrepreneurial culture we now drill and mine for excuses the way we once did for oil or coal.  Recently, our professional extenu-ologists have discovered a new vein from which to mine absurd alibis, pre-traumatic stress disorder.  This was the evasion of choice for the...READ MORE

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Liturgical Jai -Alai

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 1:07 PM Comments (3)

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.  This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come” –Terrence Mann - “Field of Dreams”

I love baseball.  I love its history and traditions.  It is our pastime. A treasure which is handed from generation to generation.  Each generation may put its own small stamp on the game, organic development if you will, but the game remains the same.  In the American...READ MORE

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If Planned Parenthood Were Toyota

Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:37 PM Comments (9)

Were it not for double standards, the gummint would have no standards at all.

As you probably have heard by now, President and CEO of Toyota Corp., Akio Toyoda was dragged before Congress this week to explain why his company did not do more to address critical safety issues with their vehicles that resulted in several deaths.

Vehicle safety is surely an important issue and we expect companies, when they become aware of these issues, to deal with them promptly and effectively. Lives depend on it.

It was in this context that Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) addressed Mr Toyoda saying...

“I am not satisfied with your testimony,” she said. “I do not feel it reflects sufficient remorse for those...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.