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A Catholic Education

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Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish, “thee” premier Catholic college in the country has issues with President Obama giving a commencement speech because of his views, i.e. a woman’s right to choose” conflicts with their “right to life” religion.

Their hypocrisy is shameless. They call the woman’s right to make a decision independent of the man, god the father “abortion” and as such killing the unborn fetus, while they lay claim to “right to life.” Yet they have nothing but contempt and disdain for those who do not believe in or worship in the same way some imaginary friend.

Ironic that they had no problem with George W. Bush, who as Governor of Texas presided over the execution of 152 people, including mocking Carla Fay Tucker when she pleaded for life. And Notre Dame had no problem with George H. W. Bush speaking at this “right to life” university after invading Iraq during Gulf War I -- which resulted in over 500,000 Iraqi death mostly women and children.

Even a quarter of the Catholic Bishops now object to President Obama’s visit to Notre Dame because it conflicts with their Catholic ideology. No doubt most of whom were silent when the U.S. was waging an unjust, immoral and illegal war against Iraq. So much for the “right to life”.

And you don’t hear about Notre Dame demanding that the Catholic Church turn over pedophile priests rather than reassign them to other parishes. Maybe the best way to resolve differences between those who are so self righteous about the sanctity of life is to let them put their money where their mouth is; come tax time they can check a box that says they believe in the rights of the yet to be born so god damn much that they’re willing to pay more in taxes to support the unwanted when they are born.

The question is does the Catholic Church follow the example of the Christ who taught his followers to love one another -- the one who gave the sermon on the mount -- or a bunch of old white men wearing colorfull robes in Rome, praying for peace once a year when celebrating their savior’s birth, while preaching hate and ignorance the rest of the year?

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