Vick, Compass, and the Homeschooling Addams Family

I’ve commented in a previous post regarding Michael Vick’s reprehensible connection to the dog-fighting industry. However, once again, PETA has outdone itself in tastelessly capitalizing on his crime.

In a PETA e-card, a cartoon version of Vick paces across a prison yard inside a snow globe as gun-toting guards and their barking dogs keep watch. He’s wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and football helmet and dragging a ball and chain.

When the snow globe is shaken by dragging the mouse, Vick bounces around and crashes against the globe’s dome as a commentator announces, “They got to the quarterback’s blind side there. He never had a chance.” Real funny.

Meanwhile, given The Golden Compass’ poor performance at the box office, perhaps we can hope that New Line will go a different direction in following up on the mega-hit Lord of the Rings trilogy, hopefully now realizing that Christian families want entertainment that doesn’t seek to undermine their values. In addition to The Hobbit, I’d recommend that filmmakers consider turning Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain into a series of action movies. My family loves these stories.

Readers are probably wondering about the Addams Family reference. Check this out.

Lastly, here’s the “O Antiphon” for today: “O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship beforeyou. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.” 

2 responses

  1. Maybe, but if so they must have used a better-looking actor to play the father, for obvious reasons.
    On a much more serious note, a correspondent from Wisconsin just told me about a story out of Utah, in which a homeschooling mother was threatened with jail and loss of custody over a paperwork glitch. Read about it at

    I do think that these moments of levity are important to help us keep perspective, but at the same time I think the Utah story should be an apt reminder–in case we really need one–that families are under attack in our culture.

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