Millennials and Religion: The failing relationship – Caribbean National Weekly

Celina DeCastro

A news report in Jamaica shortly after the recent Easter celebration drew attention to the fact that young people do not have the same views of Easter as their parents. The findings of that report was accurate as religion has little or no appeal to millennials.

The Pew Research Center, has found that fewer millennials are less likely to affiliate with any religious tradition or identify themselves as part of a Christian denomination.

One in four adults under the age of 30 consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or have no religion, the center stated.

While some believe that the higher power no longer exists to them, others believe that the label of religion keeps us from understanding each other.

South Florida Ryan Nisman, 22-year-old of Puerto Rican descent, who recognizes himself as agnostic, feels that religious labels cause prejudice and hate towards other religious groups.

“Why hate someone because they choose to call your god by another name?” Nisman said.

Agnostics feel God’s existence cannot be neither proven or unproven. They subscribe to the notion that it is impossible to know if God exists.

While some argue the existence of God or a higher power and are avid church goers, some millennials also believe in a higher power but choose not to join a church.

Leila Gonzalez, 35-year-old of Palestinian and Columbian descent, was raised in the Catholic church but left after finding faults with the church.

“My religious base means having more of a relationship with God rather than having to follow the man-made rules and laws we were taught in Catholic school,” Gonzalez said.

Other millennials feel the church also does not agree with the lifestyle they have chosen.

“I’m not waking up before 10 on a Sunday morning to go to a place to be told that I’m going to hell because I would prefer to marry a woman,” 18-year-old Panamanian-American Hailey Crosthwaite said.

One millennial who did not want to be named felt that God was not working in his favor.

“When I was a kid I went through a lot and somewhere throughout the challenges, I started praying to God, but nothing worked. I kept on praying and praying and then one day I just stopped and took in the pain from my challenges. I just stopped believing in God,” he said.

Millennials although they do not follow a religion all seemed more in tuned with their own spirituality. Most will march for the causes they believe in, help the poor and those in need, donate, but chose not to be defied because they do not follow mainstream religions.

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Recipe: Italian Wedding Soup – Caribbean National Weekly

Taking a break from the same type of chicken soup, want to try some more Italian in your life? Mamma Mia! Try Italian wedding soup. The term wedding soup derived from the Italian phrase “minestra maritata”, married soup, which refers to the “marriage” of the greens and broth combination. Serving the dish at weddings are completely optional.

What you’ll need:
½ lb of lean ground beef
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon of dried basil
½ teaspoon of onion powder
5 ¾ cup of chicken broth
2 cups of chopped spinach
½ cup of uncooked orzo pasta
1/3 cup of finely chopped carrot


What you need to do:
1. Combine meat, egg, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil and onion powder in a medium sized bowl. Mix together and for meat into ¾ inch balls.
2. In a large sauce pan, heat up the broth to a boil. Stir in spinach, orzo, carrots and meatballs you’ve just created.
3. Let the combination boil and then reduce to medium heat.
4. Cook a slow boil for 10 minutes or until the orzo become tender. Stir to avoid sticking.
5. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top
6. Serve to hungry friends and family

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Trinidad’s Children’s Authority releases abuse preventative measures – Caribbean National Weekly

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago collected data from May 2015 to December 2016 revealing almost 9,000 child abuse cases in the twin island nation.

The highest reported abuse included physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

In their press release, the Authority states it is joining the national recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month to bring awareness of the role communities and families play in preventing such abuse.

The Authority also listed tips to prevent child abuse, such as:

  • Minimize opportunity- Eliminate or reduce “one on one” situations, to lower the risk of abuse. Seek help when under stress to help you parent effectively because it’s easy to cross the line.
  • Talk about it- Often, children may feel ashamed to report incidents or abuse. It is important that parents and caregivers maintain open communication with children to allow them to feel comfortable to report incidents or concerns that may have.
  • Know the non-physical signs of child abuse- Depression, fear or avoidance or a certain adult or place, difficulty trusting others or making friends, sudden changes in eating or sleeping patterns, bed wetting, nightmares, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor hygiene, secrecy and hostility.
  • Talk to children about what is an “ok” touch- One that makes them feel happy and safe, and a touch that is “not ok”- one that hurts and makes them feel uncomfortable.

All abuse in the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago should be reported to police at 999, the Authority’s hotline at 996 or 800-2014 or online at

All abuse in the state of Florida should be reported to police at 911, The Florida Abuse hotline at 1-800-962-2873 or online at

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Hollywood divided over “racist” street names – Caribbean National Weekly

Residents of the City of Hollywood are divided over whether to change the names of streets that have been named in honor of Confederate soldiers.

The city recently announced a revision to the rules to rename streets from having two-thirds majority vote down to 50 percent of votes to allow a street name change.

The controversial streets are Lee Street, Forrest Street, and Hood Street.

Named after Robert E Lee and John Bell Hood who were soldiers of the Confederate Army as well as Nathaniel Bedford Forrest, who not only led massacres against union soldiers and slaves but was also one of the key founders of the infamous Ku Klux Klan immediately following the end of the Civil War.

Some of the city’s residents believe that the names are a sordid reminder of the dark past which led to the American civil war, while others have no problem with the naming of the roadways as they see it as part of the city’s history.

Architectural Historian and resident since the 1930’s, George Chillag, feels the names should remain not to glorify the generals but to show how far The United States has come from those dark times in history.

“I can understand why someone would feel uncomfortable with the names,” Chillag said. “But this gives us a reason to walk over to the person who feels differently and talk about how far we’ve come since.”

According to City of Hollywood Commissioner Richard Blattner, the three street names were not the original names, originally these and other streets were named after other minority cities within the United States like “Chicago”, “Macon”, and many others.

The name change came during the 1920’s, after a decision was made to rename the streets from the beach to 56 AVE after Presidents and other military personnel.

These names have come under fire after a 2015 vandalism incident resulted in all three street names being sprayed over with black paint.

Since the incident, several residents including Benjamin Israel, an African-American and Orthodox Jew, has been demanding an immediate change to these street names because they are offensive.

“Nobody wants to live on a street named after Charles Manson,” Israel told the Sun-Sentinel. “Yet a bunch of us are living on a street named after Nathan Bedford Forrest.’’

According to Blattner, the focus of the name change is heavily concentrated on Forrest Street due to the dark deeds of Nathaniel B. Forrest.

In 2005, the Commission board set up a set of rules to be put in place to change a street name in Hollywood. This includes a $2,000 applications fee, a naming committee to pick an alternative name, approval by commission in a 5/7 vote, and the new revised requirement of receiving a 50% vote of ballots entries.

Mail-In ballots to homeowners within those areas have yet to be mailed out, the city staffers are in the process of creating new names to be offered on the ballot and are also considering the option of duel names to those streets.

Quite like Barack Obama Blvd/SW 40th AVE in West Park, Florida that was approved by votes in July 2009.

A set date of mailing out the ballots and result release have yet to be chosen


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