Crucifixes marketed in the United States by a Christian retail group are made in a Chinese sweatshop with working conditions that are appalling even by Chinese legal standards...
If the report is valid (and, I'm not implying that it isn't), then Christians in the United States need to take a much more active role in monitoring just how "Christian products" are manufactured, marketed, and sold. Christians should have a zero tolerance policy with regards to purchasing any "sweatshop" manufactured products, especially for those within the realm of Christian retail.
That said, I also think that the Chinese (and third world) sweatshop issue extends way beyond that of Christian retail. To be sure, headlining a story on the claim that crucifixes sold in the U.S. are manufactured in Chinese sweatshops will result in sensationalist media coverage. Yet, at the core, the problem of greed is hardly limited to U.S. Christians.
Watch this video of what appears to be thousands of shoppers streaming into a mall, in Mesquite, Texas, at 1 am on Black Friday. I wonder, how many of those shoppers walked out of the mall with Chinese products in hand? How many of those Chinese products were made in sub-standard conditions?
That so many people attended the Black Friday Mass, and that some of those shoppers could very well be confessing Christians, is a sad testimony to the state of the evangelical church in the United States.
Update: Ed posts part 3 of his story, which includes companies selling college pins and medallions.