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Right Wing rising against President Obama as 2009 Commencement Speaker at Notre Dame (3890 hits)

President Obama was chosen to be the 2009 Commencement Speaker at the
University of Notre Dame's graduation ceremony. However, right-wing
groups have been trying to rally support against this selection. The
University has chosen to recognize the President's efforts to bring the
country together and promote issues such as economic recovery, reforming
health care, and environmental action (among others).


Please sign the petition below indicating your support for the President
and for the University of Notre Dame in their choice to promote the
greater good over single-issue political games.


Posted By: Marta Fernandez
Thursday, March 26th 2009 at 1:28PM
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Yeah I heard about this. I signed the petition. In fact a friend who is an alumnus called us about it. When he told me I couldn’t believe it. I wrote a note to the WH site imploring Obama to go anyway, give the commencement speech, and shame these people in that speech for how they are abusing the university and its students.

Notre Dame needs to come to its senses. They’re acting like some right wing “Bible” college on this issue. A lot of alumni are pissed off about this. This kind of stuff should be beneath them. Universities are supposed to be places where diversity of thought is welcomed and nourished.

But what’s worse, the ignorance they are showing on the issue regarding stem cells is astounding. The basis for their stance is completely wrong; and this from an institution of higher learning! What’s next, creationism?

Given all the others who are using this as a cudgel to oppose Obama, the thought came to my mind that, this is less about stem cells and more about knee-jerk opposition to the President. But many more support the Presidents visit than not. Given the calls and opposition to their opposition, I believe this is something they will come to regret.

Thursday, March 26th 2009 at 1:51PM
Hopefully, he will breeze through this controversy. I think he will. After all his Irish roots may help as well as his new Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stem cell's resisters insist that the harvesting (I hate that word, it sounds evil when referring to human beings) of these cells ONLY come from aborted fetuses. The cells taken from placenta or afterbirth of the mother. The ethics that underpins this conundrum is the unsettled issue of abortion. Capitalism drives the use of it from aborted fetuses, morality and religion oppose.

As for the use of this issue to oppose the President, I agree though I would not label this instance as knee jerk so much, but an issue that is a fundamental debate between the Republicans and Democrats.

I feel good on this one, they won't stop him.
Thursday, March 26th 2009 at 2:00PM
Marta Fernandez
Forgot about Rooney. I'm sure he'll help out with this.

I agree; in the end Obama will give the speech, but alumni are angry about the stance the bishop and others at the school are taking. It makes ND look bad.

Thursday, March 26th 2009 at 2:46PM
I'm in with Obama being the speaker. It's a shame people are always trying to keep a good man down. ND better get it together!
Friday, March 27th 2009 at 12:45AM
Dinah Graham
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