The University of Notre Dame Confers the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on the 44th president of the United States, whose historic election opened a new era of hope in a country long divided by its history of slavery and racism. A community organizer who honed his advocacy for the poor, the marginalized and the worker in the streets of Chicago, he now organizes a larger community, bringing to the world stage a renewed American dedication to diplomacy and dialogue with all nations and religions committed to human rights and the global common good. Through his willingness to engage with those who disagree with him and encourage people of faith to bring their beliefs to the public debate, he is inspiring this nation to heal its divisions of religion, culture, race and politics in the audacious hope for a brighter tomorrow.
On Barack H. Obama, Washington, District of Columbia"
- Official text of President Obama’s Honorary Degree to be presented by the University of Notre Dame
Let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good.... If a Christian voted for Clinton, he sinned against God. It's that simple.... Our goal is a Christian Nation... we have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want Pluralism. We want theocracy. Theocracy means God rules. I've got a hot flash. God rules."
- Randall Terry, Head of Operation Rescue, from The News Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Aug 15, 1993
Ever since the White House announced that President Obama would give the Commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, the city of South Bend, Indiana has been under siege. Randall Terry, Alan Keyes, and an army of pro-life activists have descended on this Midwestern town. Large trucks with pictures of aborted fetuses have been navigating the streets. An airplane pulling a banner with a picture of a “Ten Week Abortion” had been circling the campus for the last couple of weeks.
I have mentioned Alan Keyes before and he’s always good for some right wing nonsense. Most people don’t know that Keyes ran for Senate against Obama in 2004. Keyes also ran for President in 1996 and again in 2000. Keyes, at one time, had a respectable resume, including many years with the Reagan Administration. Now, he’s an anti-abortion activist, getting arrested for trespassing on the Notre Dame campus, twice.
Then there’s Randall Terry. The ex-rocker, ex-weed smoker, dropped out of high school to find fame and fortune, only to find God in Texas. He started Operation Rescue in 1986, organized, and began to terrorize abortion clinics in 1988. In 1992, he managed to get a dead fetus to Bill Clinton. In 2003, Terry was the spokesman for Terri Schaivo’s parents. Now, he’s camped outside Notre Dame, pushing dolls, swimming in fake blood, in strollers and, subsequently, getting arrested.
These two, and their minions, have been forcing their views on the good people of South Bend. Their tactics amount to terrorism. Not the bomb and mass death kind of terrorism that we are accustomed to. Theirs is a terrorism of the mind. They think that they can sway people by forcing them to look at the end result of an abortion. All it does is disgust and is so very obnoxious. Of course, if you don’t see it like they do, well then, get a fire proof suit because you’re going straight to hell. They won’t stop until the world is as how they say it should be and they are going to ram their views down everybody’s throat until it is so. Kind of like the Taliban.
And for what? Because the President of the United States is going to be honored at Notre Dame’s Commencement. God forbid! They’ll say, “To honor that baby killer is a smack in the face of Catholics everywhere! It’s a scandal!” What they are doing is politicizing an event that is not political. Obama is going to go into that arena and tell those graduates to go into the world and be selfless, caring citizens with the goal of making this world a better place to live. There is absolutely nothing political about taking care of the community you live in. If you’ve ever heard Obama speak on public service, you know it’s a good thing. If you haven’t, I’m going to guess that either you don’t care either way or you can’t get past the fact that he’s a Democrat.
I applaud and admire Notre Dame for having the courage and conviction to see this through. I know for a fact that the majority of the graduates are excited to hear from the President. What is unfortunate is the fact that these protesters, while they think they are fighting for the graduates, are in fact ruining their day. The good news is, after all the degrees are passed out, everybody can go home.
And take your sick ass trucks with you!
Former Archbishop of San Francisco John R. Quinn writes Obama to offer his support.