Christmas Greetings: Making Nice with the Dead

Even as a priest, I almost lost my Christmas Spirit. Somewhere among all the Holiday Parties, TV commercials and my interactions with others, preparing for “the Season,” I just couldn’t take it. You see – as you know: in our politically correct world, you can’t talk about Christ in the workplace, or at school. And, […]

Christmas Cure for Culture

The Mark of Christian Wretchedness

On Ash Wednesday, Fr. Ballentine encourages the faithful to not be like the hypocrites who wear ashes as a sign that they are part of the Empire.  Rather, let those ashes and our Lenten fast be an acknowledgement of our personal and communal wretchedness, leading to a sincere repentance.

“God Made a Farmer…” and that Farmer Made a Slave

  The “8th Day” of which Paul Harvey speaks, must have occurred in the 1950s and 60s with the end of (widespread) sharecropping. Last night, I was quite offended by Ram’s “God Made a Farmer” commercial during the Super Bowl.  Well-meaning as it may have been, this commercial – airing during Black History Month, no […]

Now that Barack Obama has Won a Second Term – A Wish List

First, congratulations to President Obama.  Yet, I am sitting watching the election results, feeling a bit “blah.”  I see folk on social media talking about shedding tears of joy and cheering.  I watch the pandemonium on the television.  Yet, I don’t feel any of that emotion.  I remember that emotion.  I felt it after I […]

Negroes, We are Free to Use Our Natural Minds in Electoral 2012

I continue to receive emails from fellow Black Republicans trying to sell me – and others – on support for Mitt Romney.  The most recent was from the Chair of a Black Republican organization entitled, “Prominent Black Mormons.”  The email (and post) is styled as an attempt to dismiss charges of racism against Mormons.  The defense used […]