is equally distressed about the reaction of the Homeschool Blog Awards administration and Candy's win in the homemaking category.
It is a big deal. Candy's blog will be linked on the front page of the blog awards now as a winner. Any time she puts one of her anti-Catholic screeds up, it will be available with one click through their site! It's shameful.
Apparently the powers that be at the HSBA sent Red the same type of letter that I received, that the onus is on us to forgive and forget and send in more nominations next year. But I think we can do better than that and just not participate. Certainly conscience dictates we can no longer link directly to the HSBA site since it sends viewers directly to Candy (who also fixed her links to go back to her anti-Catholic stuff AFTER the voting ended- coincidence? I doubt it).
Red expresses my sentiments:
Rest assured, I won't be nominating ANY Catholic bloggers for a Homeschool Blog Award next year; I won't be participating in their contest in any way at any time in the future, either. People who are not even remotely troubled by hateful bigotry against Catholics are not people with whom I choose to associate.
If you want to voice your complaints to the HSBA contact them here.
See more discussion here.
Particularly Catholic author Elizabeth Foss's comment:
I sent my letter this morning. I wrote yesterday and sat on it awhile. But when I read Red's and the way that she was answered, I figured I'd add my thoughts to what must be a growing collection of thought-provoking emails. We have a year to decide about participating next year. In that year, policies could change. Perhaps we can influence change. What we are being asked to do *right now* is post about the winners and direct people to the HSBA site to find great blogblogs they may have not known about.And then, if we do, we become part of the anti-Catholic propaganda. Anytime we send someone to the general blog awards site, we send them to Candy's site. I don't plan to provide links or buttons directly to HSBA. Instead, let's celebrate Dawn's win (and make sure anyone who doesn't already know what a treasure her blog is is directed straight to it)and maybe pick and choose from among winners and nominees and personally recommend those blogs. Also, we can generate a list of blogs that have great homemaking ideas, specifically, and offer that as an alternative. It's strange that Catholics weren't represented in that category because we have plenty of blogs with wonderful homemaking archives. Elena has been keeping tabs on this situation for awhile. If we discuss it, I think we can link to Elena's blog (linked above) instead of to Candy, so that we don't send people to read that muck. How can we stay positive here? How can we comment that it's a shame that some people are bigoted and uneducated, while redirecting towards the Catholic blogs that are beautiful expressions of faith and some of the very good Protestant blogs from which we can all benefit?
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