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The Fighting Irish

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2009 at 6:33 PM

If you agree with his policies, Barack Obama is your President. If you disagree with his polices, Barack Obama is your President. No matter your beliefs, the name following President of the United States is, Obama.

I for one, completely and totally disagree with the President’s stance on abortion. Abortion is murder and I hate it. It makes no sense to attempt to place logic and emotion to protect murder, and that is what we have done in this country since Roe v. Wade. To date, President Obama is continuing the genocide.

America is in the middle of the largest genocide in history, 40 million (and counting) people have been killed since 1973. Know that the Genocide of the American Unborn will continue until we change hearts, minds, and policies.

Obviously I disagree with my President, just like the Catholic Church and the University of Notre Dame, but like I said before, he is still our President.

So…Was it wrong that Mr. Obama was asked and accepted to deliver the commencement address at Notre Dame? Is it wrong of the Notre Dame community to protest against his invite?

I believe that asking the President to speak at your university’s commencement is an excellent move. I would love if President Obama came to speak at my college graduation; the nation’s first citizen, highest office in the land, commander in chief… it’d be great! Asking him is fine but being a Catholic University representing the Catholic Church who, as a broad group, stands firm against abortion, was an interesting decision. They could’ve evaded much controversy by not extending the invitation.

I also believe in the First Amendment of our Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

We all have the right to believe and exercise our convictions regarding the spiritual realm of life, the freedom in what we say, and the right to gather together to stand up for our thoughts and petition our government. President Obama has these same rights. People in the Notre Dame community also have these rights.

People are protesting the commencement because they feel the President, because of his protections for abortion, should not be honored with speaking at a school that firmly disagrees with him. Others think that because he is our nation’s leader, he should be welcomed kindly regardless of his policies.

In this circumstance, neither side is solely right. Inviting him, Obama accepting and speaking while people enjoy listening is all good and respectable. Protesting the commencement is also good and respectable. With that said and for what it’s worth, I would not have invited President Obama to speak. That’s where I stand. What about you?

 

I’m interested in the happenings surrounding this event, so post your thoughts and keep a keen eye for more blogs to come your way.

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