Questions from Catholic Parents Online: The Catholic Police

Minnesota’s Catholic police are looking for feedback on how they can scold people for having different religious beliefs than them. Here’s an excerpt from a recent email:

We Need Your Input:

CPO TV begins it’s new season next month! I will host the first show entitled: “Simple Answers to Tough Questions�? with our guest Fr. Robert Altier.
We’d be very grateful if you could help with this show by sending us any questions that you or family members may struggling with or just don’t know the answer? For example:

How does a Catholic respond when they receive a wedding invitation from a Catholic relative who is getting married in a non-Catholic Church?

What do you say if you have out of town relatives staying at your house, who are not practicing Catholics, and while on your way to attending Sunday Mass they inform you that they think it’s okay to receive Holy Communion even if a person attends Mass occasionally?

Do you say anything or even attend the baby shower if the mom-to-be has undergone in-vetro fertilization?

We’d truly appreciate your input! Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question.

From the tone of the questions, it seems pretty clear that tolerance and understanding of people with different life views is not acceptible. Does Colleen Perfect feel that her faith is somehow threatened by the choices made by others regarding receiving Holy Communion?

Does Colleen Perfect really think she has something to gain from judging the wedding ceremony choices of relatives?

Does marrying in a non-Catholic church make Mrs. Perfect less perfectly Catholic?

Does Mrs. Perfect believe that people who can’t conceive without use of in-vetro fertilization don’t deserve to raise children of their own?

Would Mrs. Perfect be able to love a child conceived through in-vitro fertilization?

What if she didn’t know the child was the product of petri dishes, stem cell research, and masturbation?

Who – in God’s name – feels the need to give such a shit about the personal and private behavior of others?

Mora, MN 1/2 Marathon

Carly and I drove to Mora, Minneaota this morning so Carly could run the Mora 1/2 Marathon as part of her Twin Cities Marathon training. Around Forest Lake, the low fuel light came on, but we were running a bit late after a slow start to the day, so we pushed on. There was a gas station at the Hwy 70 exit from I-35 we had to take (British Polluters), but with less than 30 to race start, we pushed on. By the time we turned North on Hwy 65 for the last few miles to Mora the needle was below empty. A gas station sat on the edge of town, but Carly made me keep friving so she would?lt miss her start. I reminded her that her bike was in the car, should we run out of gas. Luckily, we made it, but not without some stress. I put 15.8 gallons in the 16 gallon tank. In the past, I’ve joked with Carly about being low on fuel, saying that we have enpugh gas to get to Hinckley when the gas light comes in. Well, it turns out that’s true.

Exxon Mobil Proves How Wrong They Are About Global Warming

You’re on the wrong side of history when you have to make anonymous videos attacking movies based on the best scientific evidence of the day. Exxon Mobil should have its tail between its legs over this crap.

Where did that video spoofing Gore’s film come from?

In an email exchange with The Wall Street Journal, Toutsmith didn’t answer when asked who he was or why he made the video, which has just over 59,000 views on YouTube. However, computer routing information contained in an email sent from Toutsmith’s Yahoo account indicate it didn’t come from an amateur working out of his basement. Instead, the email originated from a computer registered to DCI Group, a Washington, D.C., public relations and lobbying firm whose clients include oil company Exxon Mobil Corp.

A DCI Group spokesman declines to say whether or not DCI made the anti-Gore penguin video, or to explain why Toutsmith appeared to be sending email from DCI’s computers.

 “DCI Group does not disclose the names of its clients, nor do we discuss the work that we do on our clients’ behalf,” says Matt Triaca, who heads DCI’s media relations shop.

Sean Hannity Can’t Stand a Free Press

Amazing. Sean Hannity kicked people out of his event for being . . . Americans. At least, that seems to be the case since they didn’t do anything to justify being removed as far as I can tell. Why is Sean Hannity afraid of debate? If he truly believes the crap he spews, wouldn’t he welcome a debate?

Be sure to watch the video at the link below.

AlterNet: Blogs: PEEK: AlterNet Original: Kicked out of the Hannity ‘Freedom Concert’

But don’t read, watch what ‘Freedom” means to Sean Hannity and his ilk…

Dan Savage Breaks Down the Irrational Arguments of Heterosexuals

Live Savage, I can’t understand why people are threatened by providing equality of other humans living in this country. Will hetrosexual couples refuse to marry and procreate if homosexuals can marry? Who could possibly say yes?

Same-Sex Marriage Wins by Losing – New York Times

When my widowed grandfather remarried in his 60’s, he wasn’t seeking to further the well-being of his children, who were grown and out of the house. He was seeking the security, companionship and legal rights that marriage provides. The survival of humankind was the furthest thing from his mind.

These defeats have demoralized supporters of gay marriage, but I see a silver lining. If heterosexual instability and the link between heterosexual sex and human reproduction are the best arguments opponents of same-sex marriage can muster, I can’t help but feel that our side must be winning. Insulting heterosexuals and discriminating against children with same-sex parents may score the other side a few runs, but these strategies won’t win the game.

John Stossel’s Amazing Illogic

It doesn’t take much genetics experience to understand that recessive genes are more likely to be passed along and expressed by people falling from the same family tree. But that won’t stop John Stossell from making the following remarks:

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“I’d always thought marrying a blood relative as close as a cousin was immoral, and certainly risky if you plan to have kids. Conventional wisdom says only primitive people who live in isolated places marry cousins. It leads to stupid children. But that’s a myth. It’s the sort of myth that leads to stupid laws. Half the states in America have banned cousin marriage, but there’s no good reason for it. You can marry your cousin and have perfectly intelligent kids.” — Townhall.com contributor and ABC News commentator John Stossel, confronting one of the most divisive cultural issues of our time

So whether you want to make a scientific argument, or a values argument, Stossel is wrong on this one.

What Sucks about Newspapers

This is the crap that makes newspapers painfully annoying to me. A headline on the homepage of StarTribune.com takes me to a PR piece about the supposed rise in the use of paver stones in residential landscaping. Check out the following paragraph. Who talks like this?

A step beyond concrete

Hanson is among the growing number of homeowners who are rejecting cold, concrete slabs for warmer, more sophisticated alternatives to outfit the outdoor rooms they use for entertaining and relaxing. Natural stone and concrete pavers are not only being used for patios, they’re shaping walkways. And pavers are even covering that gigantic welcome mat — the driveway.

Why shoulld I have to wade through crap like this to find actual news? Actually, I don’t have to, which is why I rarely turn to the homepage of the Star Tribune for news.

Sometimes I’m Really Dumb

While out for a casual bike ride around South Minneapolis neighborhoods today, I heard a young girl yelling from the back of a bike coming toward me. She was on one of those 3rd wheel trailers attached to her mom’s bike. As I got closer, I could make out what she was saying while pointing at me:

“That is a very dumb person!”

Yep, I was being called dumb by a random girl on a bike. Why? Her mom’s response to her daughter explained it:

“That’s right, honey. He should be wearing a helmet.”

I thought about circling around to tell the girl that she’s right, and I actually ordered a new one on Amazon last week, but instead biked home in shame after being called out the biking do-gooder.

Two for a nickel . . .

Ever since I first heard the Chili Peppers cover the Red Hots song, I thought the line was “Two for a nickel, three for a dime” which makes no sense. Why would I buy a dime’s worth of red hots if I’m going to get less than two nickel’s worth?

After around 15 years, I Googled the lyrics and it turns out it’s “two for a nickel, FIVE for a dime.” Now that makes sense.

Now where I can get some red hots for 5 for a dime these days?