The Hallmark Ornament Kerfuffle: There’s No Way to Win in the PC Wars

Hallmark sweater

For years Hallmark, the Kansas City-based greeting card company, has produced a line of original Christmas ornaments.  We have many of them in our family’s collection:  ornaments which were gifts to our children, or which commemorated a birth or a move or a new job or a new pet.But this year, Hallmark has faced widespread criticism from people across the political spectrum for its 2013 Ugly Christmas Sweater ornament.  On the ornament, the company edited the lyrics of the traditional carol “D … [Read more...]

Catholic Fisticuffs: Look How Those Christians Shove One Another


It’s been quite a belligerent weekend in the Catholic blogosphere, hasn’t it?First there was the Catholic Answers brouhaha, which was started in part by my post regarding the financial crisis looming at that great Catholic apologetics apostolate.Then there was Michael Voris, chest thumping, publishing the salaries of well known Catholic media personalities, then castigating them for earning wages which are commensurate with their professional achievement and marketplace value, and which a … [Read more...]

Dear Facebook: If This Isn’t Hate Speech, Then What Is?

Facebook logo cracked

Last month, I and many of my friends filed a complaint with Facebook against an aggressively anti-Christian Facebook page titled “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted”.  Each of us received the following standardized response:"Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found … [Read more...]