Thursday, April 9, 2009
We chose the title appearing above to have a little fun, and also to stimulate some thought about an issue about which many appear concerned.
President Obama was invited to receive an honorary degree, and to be the commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame. It is a private Catholic university.
Because of the President’s previously stated positions on abortion and embryonic stem cell issues, some are calling the invitation an error on the University’s part. Some have even suggested that it be withdrawn.
It has been argued that the University should be open to political engagement and encourage intellectual freedom.
Others claim that the school should not honor the Church’s most formidable opponent on these sensitive issues.
What say you and why?
Does it matter that this is a private institution instead of a public one?
Does it matter that this is a religious institution, as opposed to one which is not?
Does it matter that this is a Catholic institution as opposed to a Protestant institution?
On a broader scale, should the administrations of institutions of high learning, whether they are public or private, discourage the participation, in any manner, in school functions and activities, of individuals whose views they deem controversial or unacceptable?
Finally, although we posed the question in jest, if the University of California at Berkeley, or M.I.T. extended an invitation to the Pope to speak at its commencement, would we have the same furor, albeit for different reasons?
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