Some elderly folks at the laundromat today were distraught over something. I couldn't help but listen in: they were incredulous over a picture and caption in the Sunday newspaper:
"...the filthy rag. Stuffed monkey! If this happened when I was in grade school, the nuns would have flogged this kid and made her knell in rock salt."
"...if that was Mohammed the arabs would storm the newspaper building!"
"I remember a time when good people would object to this kind of crap. it doesn't belong in the paper. The Times Union isn't what it used to be."
Naturally, I checked it out later at home. here's the drift:
Students from the Sunday School Program dressed as angels giggle as Maddy Tyler unexpectedly places her stuffed monkey in Baby Jesus's crib during an early Christmas Eve mass at The Cathedral of All Saints on South Swan St. on Monday Dec. 24, 2012 in Albany, N.Y. Maddy had her stuffed monkey with her because she wasn't feeling well.
Anything wrong with that? I'm sure Jesus loves little girls and stuffed monkeys! But the old folks didn't like it one bit.
I remember hearing something on the radio - one of the talk shows - about how American mainstream media is targeting religion, reflecting a move toward socialism. I did a little googling and found a couple of interesting items, pro and con.
Islam is Becoming the Official Religion of American Media
American Media prefers "Occupy" over Religious Relief Efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
What do YOU think?