Monday, 18 May 2009
Obama's nauseating Notre Dame visit
It was billed as a controversial visit. The most pro-abortion politician welcomed and given an honoury degree by a Catholic university. It was clear that Notre Dame wasn't going to back down and withdraw the invitation despite opposition from Catholics up and down the United States. But surely this couldn't go ahead without some degree of opposition by students and/or staff? If that's too much to ask, surely he would be made to feel uncomfortable by something?
In the end, the only sounds of sense came from a solitary student at the "Commencement" ceremony who stood up and heckled the President a few moments into his speech which, in large parts, made you want to vomit. The chap shouted "Abortion is Murder" before being led off by security. And the response? Booing from hundreds of students and the chanting of "Notre Dame". It was sickening to watch.
Several times, most in the hall arose to give the president a standing ovation throughout various parts of his speech. Yes, some did clap when the Church's teaching on the sanctity of human life was mentioned by university president Father John I. Jenkins. Yes, they did clap when President Obama said, "Let's work together to reduce the number of abortions and unwanted pregnancies", "Let's make adoption more available" and "Let's provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term". But, in a sense, this was confirmation that the audience had been spun by a crafty politician into thinking this "dialogue" business between those who oppose and are in favour of abortion is the way forward. They had been caught up in the mass hysteria of seeing their president who came promising change. In reality, the change he has brought is to condemn potentially millions of innocent and defenceless lives by opening the floodgates to destructive embryo research, for instance.
The most distressing pictures of all were those showing how protesters were dealt with by the police over the weekend for trespassing ont the university's land (I think?). I nearly wept at the sight of the disgusting way police arrested the elderly and frail Father Norman Weslin (in his 80s) by plasticuffing him and taking him away on a sheet. The media palmed these protesters off as "not students", "outsiders" and "representing the views of a minority of Catholics".
As a kind of attempted justification for the visit, Father Jenkins quoted Gaudium et Spes: “Respect and love ought to be extended also to those who think or act differently than we do in social, political and even religious matters. In fact, the more deeply we come to understand their ways of thinking through such courtesy and love, the more easily will we be able to enter into dialogue with them.” Father, I think that's a bit different to parading one of the most anti-life political leaders in history around your Catholic University, presenting him with an honoury degree and then allowing him to give a dose of his dangerous manipulation to your graduates.
Let's go through Obama's speech and pick out some points to comment (in red) on. These were my honest reactions when watching it live:
"Your class has come of age at a moment of great consequence for our nation and the world – a rare inflection point in history where the size and scope of the challenges before us require that we remake our world to renew its promise; that we align our deepest values and commitments to the demands of a new age." Such as aborting unborn children every day?
"We must seek peace at a time when there are those who will stop at nothing to do us harm, and when weapons in the hands of a few can destroy the many." Like the implements of the doctors that kill the innocent life in the womb, perhaps?
"The strong too often dominate the weak..." Indeed, like scientists manipulating tiny human embryos?
"And so, for all our technology and scientific advances, we see around the globe violence (like abortion) and want and strife that would seem sadly familiar to those in ancient times."
"For if there is one law that we can be most certain of, it is the law that binds people of all faiths and no faith together. It is no coincidence that it exists in Christianity and Judaism; in Islam and Hinduism; in Buddhism and humanism. It is, of course, the Golden Rule – the call to treat one another as we wish to be treated." Does that include the unborn?
"Remember that each of us, endowed with the dignity possessed by all children of God..." Surely a genetically new and genetically complete human being just conceived is a child of God and therefore should be protected at the very early stages of life?
I could go on but I won't.
Mr Obama's solution is this - for pro and anti-abortionists "to join hands in common effort" and work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies. The problem is, Mr President, it is your policies that will lead to more abortions and unwanted pregnancies. Your health budget proposals include abolishing funding for abstinence-only programmes which will lead to more promiscuity and unintended pregnancies because the young will be fooled into thinking contraception will "protect" them.
All in all it was quite astonishing to watch these proceedings unfold on Sunday. How a Catholic university can welcome with open arms such a dangerous and powerful man who appears to despise the fundamental teachings of the Church is beyond me.