Why We Still Don’t Sell “Catholic” Gifts From China

From CNA:

Shangai, China, Mar 5, 2011 / 06:20 pm (CNA).- A Chinese woman who protested the country’s strict one-child policy was re-arrested and taken to an unknown labor camp after she was initially released from a different facility one day earlier on medical parole.

Fifty year-old Mao Hengfeng, who lives in Shanghai, was seized by over 10 security agents from her home on Feb. 23 and transported to an undisclosed labor camp. The move is being seen as the latest effort by the Chinese government to suppress suspected dissidents, following online calls for a Jasmine-style revolution.

Her husband, Wu Xuewei, told Reuters that officials gave him a photocopy of a written notice that claimed his wife had taken part in “illegal activities.” Wu said the charges are completely unfounded, given that in the 24 hours she was home, their house was under constant guard by the police.

“We are very worried,” he added. “We don’t know where she is.”

Read the rest.

Dear Vendors,

I don’t care how nice the working conditions in the factories are that produce your cheap knock-off Italian statues or how safe the factory is that makes your plush toys and board books. As long as you produce it in a country where getting pregnant can get you fired or into a hospital for a forced abortion or sent to a “reeducation camp”, we won’t carry it.

If you can’t see beyond the money to what really goes on in that country, what else will you ignore in your quest for low prices?

Nativity Sets, Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and other things we don’t sell

Over the years we have known that certain products such as St. Joseph House Selling Kits, cheep statues, fancy Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and Nativity Sets are hot items and we could probably make a lot of money selling them.

Instead, we have forgone these easy profits and opted to sell better quality but higher priced statues, American made pewter and brass Advent Wreaths and just told people that we don’t carry little kids toys and books.

Why would we bother? Why would we have sent back cases of the Revised Standard Concordance when we had pre-sold dozens of them and knew that we would easily sell out of this high-ticket item?

There’s just one simple answer: All of these items are produced in China.

Ever since we started Aquinas and More we have had two unchanging policies.

  1. Don’t sell anything that will undermine people’s Faith.
  2. Don’t support the persecution of Catholics and the state enforced destruction of unborn children in places like China.

We didn’t come to the decision about China easily. There is so much inexpensive product that people want that only comes from there. We knew from the start that it would put us at a handicap when competing with other stores who would sell a statue for 70% of what we did. We decided that we would rather stand on principal than an easy buck and so we ended up with a long list of products that we will probably never be able to carry because they are only made in China:

  • Pretty much anything made from porcelain or resin.
  • Board books
  • Toys
  • St. Joseph House Selling kits (we wouldn’t sell these even if they were made in the USA for other reasons)
  • A variety of hardback books. We had to send a gorgeous edition of The Gift of the Magi books to the publisher and also don’t carry anything from Tomie de Paola much to my sadness
  • Most Nativity sets
  • Most Advent Wreaths
  • Most Advent Calendars
  • Yes, even the popular Kneeling Santa products
  • “Swag” – most items that you can get branded with your logo like cups, pens, hats, shirts, etc. are all produced in China

So just how bad is it in China? Why would we bother asking vendors where stuff is made? Here are a few examples.

All the effort it takes to forgo these items has actually led to a good result – we have found and support other manufacturers who still have beautiful items made in South America, Korea, Mexico and even the United States.

For example:

  • Exclusive Treasures is run by a local Coloradoan and fellow parishioner. He sells crucifixes, jewelry and hand-painted oil paintings from South America.
  • Bob Siemon Designs is an American company that produces Bible covers, jewelry and other gifts and makes everything, from the zippers on up to the stitches here in America.
  • Sine Cera is an importer of statues, rosaries and jewelry from Korea.

These are just a few of the wonderful vendors we deal with who make a point to avoid Chinese imports.

So when you buy an Advent Wreath, Advent Calendars, a saint statue or a rosary from us, you can rest assured that your money isn’t going to support a regime that forces 13 million abortions on its people every year.

Nativity Sets, Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and other things we don't sell

Over the years we have known that certain products such as St. Joseph House Selling Kits, cheep statues, fancy Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and Nativity Sets are hot items and we could probably make a lot of money selling them.

Instead, we have forgone these easy profits and opted to sell better quality but higher priced statues, American made pewter and brass Advent Wreaths and just told people that we don’t carry little kids toys and books.

Why would we bother? Why would we have sent back cases of the Revised Standard Concordance when we had pre-sold dozens of them and knew that we would easily sell out of this high-ticket item?

There’s just one simple answer: All of these items are produced in China.

Ever since we started Aquinas and More we have had two unchanging policies.

  1. Don’t sell anything that will undermine people’s Faith.
  2. Don’t support the persecution of Catholics and the state enforced destruction of unborn children in places like China.

We didn’t come to the decision about China easily. There is so much inexpensive product that people want that only comes from there. We knew from the start that it would put us at a handicap when competing with other stores who would sell a statue for 70% of what we did. We decided that we would rather stand on principal than an easy buck and so we ended up with a long list of products that we will probably never be able to carry because they are only made in China:

  • Pretty much anything made from porcelain or resin.
  • Board books
  • Toys
  • St. Joseph House Selling kits (we wouldn’t sell these even if they were made in the USA for other reasons)
  • A variety of hardback books. We had to send a gorgeous edition of The Gift of the Magi books to the publisher and also don’t carry anything from Tomie de Paola much to my sadness
  • Most Nativity sets
  • Most Advent Wreaths
  • Most Advent Calendars
  • Yes, even the popular Kneeling Santa products
  • “Swag” – most items that you can get branded with your logo like cups, pens, hats, shirts, etc. are all produced in China

So just how bad is it in China? Why would we bother asking vendors where stuff is made? Here are a few examples.

All the effort it takes to forgo these items has actually led to a good result – we have found and support other manufacturers who still have beautiful items made in South America, Korea, Mexico and even the United States.

For example:

  • Exclusive Treasures is run by a local Coloradoan and fellow parishioner. He sells crucifixes, jewelry and hand-painted oil paintings from South America.
  • Bob Siemon Designs is an American company that produces Bible covers, jewelry and other gifts and makes everything, from the zippers on up to the stitches here in America.
  • Sine Cera is an importer of statues, rosaries and jewelry from Korea.

These are just a few of the wonderful vendors we deal with who make a point to avoid Chinese imports.

So when you buy an Advent Wreath, Advent Calendars, a saint statue or a rosary from us, you can rest assured that your money isn’t going to support a regime that forces 13 million abortions on its people every year.

Why We Never Have Sold Chinese Products

A couple of weeks ago China officially announced that it was keeping it’s “One Child Policy.” You know, the national policy where women who get pregnant more than once are either heavily fined or forced to abort their children. This has also lead to the infanticide of female babies leaving China with a very unnatural male / female ratio.

From the National Catholic Register comes another story of an 8-month old baby aborted against the parents’ wishes:

After running afoul of China’s One Child policy, a Chinese couple expected to be hit with a fine. But instead, officials demanded that the woman — who was in the eighth month of her pregnancy — have an abortion, according to a new Al Jazeera report.

I don’t care how nice the working conditions are at the Catholic statue factory or how much we are improving the standard of living for those painting porcelain night lights, we will never sell Chinese products as long as China has it’s barbaric one-child policy and keeps persecuting Christians.