DRIVEN TO COURT
In Indiana, you can get a special license plate that says, "In God We Trust." But the ACLU is suing over it because the state apparently treats this plate differently than other special plates. Wonder what it would cost to get an "In the ACLU We Trust" plate.
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A FAITH-BASED AGENCY MAKES A DIFFERENCE
When I was at a fund-raising dinner the other night for a wonderful organization, it occurred to me again how much good people of faith do.
Consider Operation Breakthrough of Kansas City, led by two nuns.
First, it focuses on children, among the most vulnerable people in our society. At the moment, it serves nearly 700 such kids.
The idea is to provide what O.B. calls a "safe, loving and educational environment." O.B. seeks to rescue children from the deleterious effects of poverty. Its success stories are simply awesome, though, of course, there is no guarantee that every kid who enters an O.B. program will flourish.
O.B. began in 1971 to provide safe day care for children in the inner city. Today is operates an early childhood education program, before- and after-school programs, a summer enrichment program and much more.
The nuns who have given their lives to this effort are Sister Corita Bussanmas and Sister Berta Sailer. They are simply astonishing women.
When the sisters and volunteers put on their first fund-raising dinner in 1998, there were so few people in attendance that "everybody had a front-row seat," Sister Berta says. The fund-raiser at a big downtown hotel the other night was jammed. People filled a huge ballroom. And they donated tens of thousands of dollars.
Why? Because these Christian women believe it's crucial to help children reach their God-given potential. Yes, religious adherents also cause many problems in the world, sometimes setting the globe aflame with hatred and violence. But let's not forget the marvelous work done by such people of faith as Sisters Corita and Berta.
You can go to the O.B. Web site and find out how you can help. I recommend you do that.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here.
P.S.: The annual AIDS Walk to raise funds for Kansas City area AIDS service organizations happens this Saturday, and I'll be participating. Thanks to those of you who already have donated. If you want to but haven't yet donated, just click here. And thanks for any help you can give.