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While We Might Not All Be Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama Actually Was

This statement from the president on "stand your ground" laws, race relations in America, his own experience growing up black, and how the Trayvon Martin case played out touched my heart for so many reasons. The president managed to gracefully sum up everything that many of us have been struggling to say since we heard the verdict. I'm so very proud of this statement, and I hope it inspires people to have discussions around their kitchen tables tonight.

While We Might Not All Be Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama Actually Was
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a measure last month that could pave the way for the Catholic Church to deny President Joe Biden communion. The conservative bishops hope to prevent Biden from participating in the sacred ritual because of his support for abortion rights.

Biden is a devout Catholic who considered becoming a priest in his youth. He rarely misses mass, holds a rosary while making critical decisions, and often quotes scriptures. When asked about the bishops' decision Biden said it is "a private matter and I don't think that's going to happen."

The bishops hope the new guidance would push "Catholics who are cultural, political, or parochial leaders to witness the faith."

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