Recent Posts



  • Southern Ca School Allows Student to Share Bible Verses After Opposition

    Southern Ca School Allows Student to Share Bible Verses After Opposition

    Desert Rose Elementary School Palmdale California bans Caleb Zavala Bible verses
    Southern Ca School Allows Student to Share Bible Verses After Opposition
    Just in time for back to school, the Palmdale School District has backed away from censoring a first grader’s constitutional rights to share Bible verses with his classmates at Desert Rose Elementary School.
    The situation started with an encouraging note and Bible verse from mom Christina Zavala, tucked into a packed lunch for her little boy (“C”). The seven-year-old boy read the note and verse and showed them to his friends during lunch time at school. Soon the other children excitedly begged “C” for copies of the notes along with short Bible stories that provided context for the verses. However, when one little girl said, “Teacher, this is the most beautiful story I’ve ever seen,” school officials banned the notes from lunchtime distribution citing “separation of church and state.” “C” was told that the school gate was the only location where he could distribute the Bible verses to his friends and only after the bell rang.
    The Zavalas, represented by Liberty Counsel, fought for their son’s constitutional rights to share the Bible verses. As a result, in a recent letter, the District’s legal counsel concluded that:
    1. “C” may freely discuss his religious beliefs on the Desert Rose campus during non-
    instructional time;
    2. The Zavalas may distribute written material to anyone on any designated public forum,
    including the sidewalk a few feet away from the Desert Rose School gate;
    3. Mr. and Mrs. Zavala may continue to send a daily note to “C” in his lunchbox;
    4. “C” may freely read and discuss his daily note with his peers during non-instructional time;
    5. “C’ may even verbally invite any of his peers to join him on the sidewalk after school for
    further discussion on the contents of the notes.“We celebrate this victory that acknowledges that students have constitutional rights to free speech to distribute literature during non-instructional times,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.  “Now this young boy is free to share his Bible verses and stories with his classmates this year without hassle.”

     




  • DC Mayor Marion Barry’s Son Dies of Drug Overdose at Age 36

    DC Mayor Marion Barry’s Son Dies of Drug Overdose at Age 36

    marion-barry-jr

    DC Mayor Marion Barry’s Son Dies of Drug Overdose at Age 36

    Marion “Christopher” Barry, Jr., the only son of Washington, D.C.’s late embattled Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday, WUSA-TV reported. He was 36.

    The younger Barry, known to his friends as Christopher or Chris, died of an apparent overdose on synthetic marijuana, The Washington Post reported, quoting those close to him. No official cause of death was immediately confirmed.

    In a statement, Cora Masters Barry, Marion Barry’s widow, said: “My heart is broken. I am in shock. The news of his death is beyond comprehension.”


  • Atlanta’s Spelman College May Consider Admitting Transgender Students

    Atlanta’s Spelman College May Consider Admitting Transgender Students

    college-photo

    Atlanta’s Spelman College May Consider Admitting Transgender Students

    Spelman College’s president is convening a task force to provide recommendations on whether the all-women’s, historically black college will admit transgender students.

    President Mary Schmidt Campbell included the information in a welcome back letter to the campus community on Thursday and posted on the private school’s website.

    Spelman is the latest prestigious women’s college to consider admitting transgender students. Other institutions, including Barnard College in New York City and the other members of The Seven Sisters association of historical woman’s institutions in the northeast have already enacted policies admitting those students.


  • Seaway Bank and Trust in Chicago Make Impression for All Black Banks

    Seaway Bank and Trust in Chicago Make Impression for All Black Banks

    pastorswithcheck

    Seaway Bank and Trust in Chicago Make Impression for All Black Banks

    Chicago faith leaders gathered to share their initiative to encourage their congregations to open accounts at one of the city’s Black-owned banks.

    The group, which contains 100 pastors from across Chicagoland, held a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 9. to promise $100,000 in deposits for Seaway Bank and Trust Company. The bank, which was established to counter discriminatory lending practices, has been investing in community organizations since its inception in 1965. Banking with Seaway, the pastors say, is a way to directly help Chicago’s Black communities.


Subscribe to AT2W Updates

Social