Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, has said before a committee on racial discrimination that American states need to stop limiting low-income minority children from better educational opportunities.
"As a product of Catholic schools, I can personally attest to the life-changing academic and formative opportunities that they offered to me — opportunities that, without equal access to public education funding — are not available to most low-income families today," Gregory said on Tuesday at a meeting with members of the Geneva, Switzerland-based United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The Archbishop pointed a finger at the so-called Blaine amendments to state constitutions, which he said are getting in the way of low- and middle-income African-American and Latino families securing better educational opportunities. more >>
It's that time of year again. Pumpkin pies, autumn leaves, cooler temperatures, football on the television, and reunions with extended kinfolk.
Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and family, with blessings counted and calories ignored. Tens of millions of Americans travel every year to be with family over this holiday.
Here are a few points of trivia about that one special Thursday in November that precedes the Christmas season and all its pageantry. more >>
Talk about a very intimidating group of kids! Imagine tens of thousands of youths engaging in martial arts.
That is not some action movie plot, rather that is the reality at The Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Academy in the People's Republic of China.
The largest fight school of its kind in the Asian nation, the Shaolin Temple incorporates a strict regimen for its students. more >>
The recent racial unrest at the University of Missouri reignited the growing controversy over the existence and nature of "white privilege."
As I've already written, most people on both sides of this debate tend to talk past each other, inflaming passions and ultimately setting race relations back. Skeptics of white privilege point to the real progress that has been made in this country, including the success of the black middle and upper classes. Meanwhile white privilege "true believers" point to videos of police brutality, mass incarceration rates and a multitude of other social ills that seem to disproportionately plague the black and brown.
If race relations in our country are to move forward, I believe it is very important that people on both sides of the debate make time to understand the point of view of those who disagree with them. more >>
A Christian student organization has been reinstated by a California academic institute as a recognized student group after being barred for wanting to have religious requirements for their leadership.
Chi Alpha was reinstated last week as an official student group at California State University, following a compromise over its standards for club leadership.
"Lord teach us to pray." It was the grand request of the disciples of Jesus Christ, asking Him how to communicate with God.
Prayer is the most important conversation a believer can have, as it involves talking with the Almighty, who made Heaven and Earth.
The Son of God taught His disciples how to pray, and He demonstrated how to pray, both in word and deed. Below, in no particular order, are five Bible passages showing how Jesus prayed and what He said. more >>