Monday, March 23, 2009

Father Jenkins thinks Obama is "honoring" Notre Dame by accepting the "honors"

"We are not ignoring the critical issue of the protection of life. On the contrary, we invited him [Obama to the Notre Dame commencement and to receive an honorary law degree] because we care so much about those issues, and we hope for this to be the basis of an engagement with him," Jenkins said.

"You cannot change the world if you shun the people you want to persuade, and if you cannot persuade them show respect for them and listen to them," he said.

The last paragraph makes sense from an apologetics perspective.

The first paragraph is rot...unless, of course, the Notre Dame president and his faculty and students plan to engage the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history in a discussion about, say, when life begins. Now, this might be difficult for Obama, seeing that this question is, in his opinion, "above his pay grade."
President Obama is "an inspiring leader who has taken leadership of the country facing many challenges: two wars, a really troubled economy, he has issues with health care, immigration, education reform, and he has addressed those with intelligence, courage and honesty," Jenkins said.
Methinks thou doth protest too much, Padre. Anyway, what you say is up for debate, at best. I have no evidence that the soon-to-be honored president has addressed any of this issues with either courage nor honesty. Intelligence? No argument there, the guy's one smart cookie.
Obama's historic election as the first black president in American history adds to the honor of his acceptance of Notre Dame's invitation, he said.
This is pure and simple racism in my opinion. 'Course I was always taught not to judge someone by his or her race, creed, or national origin.

I guess Father Jenkins wasn't impressed by my letter, sheesh.

Source: The Observer Online