Notre Dame and Obama
May 18, 2009
Yesterday, Barrack Hussein Obama was given an honorary law degree by the University of Notre Dame, and then addressed the graduating class of 2009 as their commencement speaker. I keep waiting for a pig to fly past and announce that hell froze over and the Detroit Lions won the Super Bowl.
Many people were saddened by this debasement of a fine Christian university, including me. "Father" John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, said that honoring Obama was not a political statement, but then sent out a letter praising Obama's views on health care, alleviating poverty, and building peace through diplomacy.
Jenkins needs to look up the word "political". You will find it under "p" in the dictionary, sir.
(He is simply "Jenkins" from this point forward because he no longer deserves the title of "Father" in my eyes, and I can only hope the Catholic Church will soon reach the same conclusion. Any man this confused about morality has no business pretending to be a spiritual leader.)
Barrack Hussein Obama is undoubtedly the foremost anti-life politician on the planet. He has voted in a minority of one on issues of life more than once - meaning that NO OTHER POLITICIAN was as extreme in his lust for killing unborn human life. Heck, what am I saying? As a state legislator, he even supported the killing of human life after it was born, if the original intention was abortion.
As a senator, Obama has consistently voted to expand embryonic stem cell research and voted against requiring minors who get out-of-state abortions to notify their parents. Although he wasn't in the U.S. Senate yet, from his soapbox in Illinois Obama opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion, that lovely procedure whereby the doctor delivers the whole baby except for the head (which leaves the baby legally "unborn"), then sticks a tube into the baby's brain and sucks the brain matter out with a vacuum so the abortionist can officially say the baby was "born dead". (It passed the pre-Obama senate by a vote of 64-33, with the cowardly trio of Edwards, Biden, and Kerry, avoiding the vote altogether.)
As president, he has taken federal money away from research on adult stem cell research and transferred that money to embryonic stem cell research, even though all of the progress in treatment of human disease is coming from the former. He is getting ready to remove all current restrictions on abortion, including parental notification when minors are involved and prohibitions on partial-birth abortions. He reversed the Bush Administration policy of not paying for abortions in foreign countries, so we as a nation are now abortion exporters. And he has promised to sign legislation called the Freedom of Choice Act which might preclude Christian medical professionals from refusing to participate in abortion procedures because of religious conscience... thereby driving Christians out of the medical field entirely.
Yeah, that's the man honored by a Christian university yesterday.
Supporters of the invitation to Obama say that we must listen to all sides. Jenkins invoked the Second Vatican Council's "Gaudium et Spes," which calls for respect, courtesy and love for those who think or act differently than we do in social, political and even religious matters. To even make such an argument is disingenuous on Jenkins' part. (That one can be found under "d', Jenkins. It means you're a liar.)
People who invent strawmen do so because they can not defend their position honestly. Nobody asked Jenkins to show disrespect, lack of courtesy, or hate toward Obama. People simply don't want Catholic university honors given to a man who represents the exact opposite of Catholic principles. Why is that so hard to understand? We can listen to opposing views to better engage them, without honoring them and giving them the imprimatur of Notre Dame.
If the principle of diversity trumps the principles of Jesus, what's to stop Jenkins from giving an honorary degree to Satan next year? After all, we don't want a Christian university ignoring important viewpoints, do we? Where, specifically, would the arguments to justify honoring Obama fail to justify honoring the prince of darkness? I know, I know, you're thinking the devil won't show up to give the speech, but I'm guessing that the chance to shame Notre Dame and the Catholic Church will be such a coup that he won't be able to resist... like Obama couldn't resist.
For those of you wondering what official Catholic policy is with regard to honoring political figures, it could not be more succinct and clear:
“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” –Catholics in Political Life, from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, published in 2004In other words, Barrack Hussein Obama should not have been given an honorary law degree (the "honor") and invited to address the graduating class of the University of Notre Dame (the "platform").
From Reno, Nevada, USA
May 23, 2012
The great advantage to being on the individual freedom/conservative/libertarian side of the political debate is that you're right. The luxury of being right may seem insufficient when the political winds are blowing left, as they were in 2008 and 2009 when Barack Obama, an avowed and demonstrated communist, was being elected president and gliding through his first year in office, mucking up and destroying as much of the nation's moral and financial backbone as he could reach, but sooner or later the essential truth of your position will win through and validate your position.
Back on May 18, 2009, I wrote a column entitled "Notre Dame and Obama" which excoriated Father John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, for scheduling Obama as the 2009 commencement speaker and bestowing upon him an honorary degree. Jenkins stood at the podium before the president's speech, aware of the nationwide storm of indignation by Notre Dame alumni and other Catholics, and tried to justify himself:
He [Obama] is a leader who has great respect for the role of faith and religious institutions in public life. He has said: “Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square.”Since then, of course, the president has done exactly that: asked believers, specifically Catholic believers, to leave their religion at the door by financing birth control pills and abortifacients. This week, Jenkins and the University of Notre Dame joined with forty two other Catholic institutions to sue the U.S. government to stop the government's mandate. Isn't it about time that Jenkins lost his titles, both the "President of Notre Dame" one and the "Father" one? What more can the man do to get himself fired?