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Because she won does NOT mean that there is a majority attitude that is anti-Catholic. All it means is that people enjoy her recipes - it was for homemaking and recipes that she won the title. I do not feel that many who voted for this lady WOULD have voted for her if they had SEEN her writings in full (or had been warned about her before hand from people like you). Most people (especially in the awards which are only in a short 2 week period) are just scrolling through to see something that catches their eye. I did that on the craft category in particular. I scrolled down each nominee's sidebar and looked at the photos and crafts - whoever had the prettiest photos and neatest ideas won. I hardly read a word on the site! Remember that we had HALF OF NOVEMBER and HALF OF DECEMBER between the time when this person's name appeared on our front page as a finalist and the day she won. Why is it only in the past two days that I have gotten emails about her? She has already been announced! What am I supposed to do? Revoke and humiliate her as a fellow blogger and Christian?
We are not catholic bashers. None of us on the HSBA are. My blog is Catholic Friendly. I am a friend to all who love my Lord. It is VERY insulting to me personally to be called a bigot towards anyone who is a sister or brother in Christ. The blog awards site is NOT anti-Catholic. We are not responsible for the nominations that come to us nor the people's opinions who vote.
Did it not matter to the committee that Catholics are offended by this gross misportrayal of our faith?
None of our committee even knew about the dislike of this blog until right before we closed the polls. With over a month to complain about her, I think it is pretty rotten to come to us now and ask for us to publicly revoke her award. I don't even know if that is legal seeing as how we already announced her. Before she won, we only had one complaint and that was when she was in first place.
In my opinion, when it was brought to their attention, they should have pulled her off the ballot then.
This is my favorite part. Emphasis mine.
So has every other evangelical or protestant blog as far as I know. We are talking about ONE lady that has a bent. Not an epidemic nor a conspiracy against Catholics. Please keep this in perspective. Us arguing is sending a message to the secular blogs that EVEN CHRISTIANS can not get along. YES she is hurful to others, but we are called to privately go to the person and talk with them if we have a beef - not spread slander about them behind their backs or incite others to do so. I know that all of your intentions are good but have you considered that she might really believe all the stuff she says on her blog? I feel sorry for her if she is so legalistic and narrow minded that she does, but if she truly does - she probably is just spouting off what someone else taught her and is truly thinking that she is "saving" someone from their evil deeds. What she doesn't realize is that we are all in this together - Catholic and Evangelical and Protestant and Non-Denominational... ETC alike. If the wolves in the real world only see us bickering, we are all making Christ to look silly. I would not want that. We need to be unified.
A couple of things. Yes. We have tried to talk to her privately and she will have NONE of it. She doesn't allow comments that disagree with her, she does not publish an e-mail address. But hey, we don't do anything behind her back either! The existence of this blog is up front and center and Candy is even invited and encouraged to comment here. My e-mail address is readily available too.
Here are some random thoughts. I think running a blog awards like this is a pretty awesome responsibility. I think that it really has to be a truly open "poll" or there has to be a careful scrutiny of the candidates. When they disallowed part of the homeschooling world that wasn't meeting their standard of being "G-rated" they sort of set themselves up for that. And now they have to deal with this. I do not think that Catholics will be participating in this awards event next year. We'll have to wait and see of course, but as it stands now I think many blogs will decline nomination and readers will not nominate or vote. But a lot can happen in a year. Stay tuned!