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, this conditions us to remove Christ from all public conversation. I mean, even Christian clergy give “ecumenical prayers,” which don’t […]
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.
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 less – made no mention whatsoever of the American Institution of Slavery. How could such an oversight be made? Industrial […]
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 voted for President Obama in 2008. I felt in when myself, an ex-wife and two small children (ages 4 & […]
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 by the author is that there are Black Mormons. Hence the title: “Prominent Black Mormons.” My response is…SO WHAT? So, […]