Bought by the Blood

May 15, 2009

If I still lived in South Bend

Filed under: Obama — cubsfan1980 @ 11:46 pm
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I have been asked before my thoughts on Obama speaking at Notre Dame’s commencement.  Honestly, I have no problem with him speaking at ND’s commencement.  The problem I have and the crux of the issue, is the honorary law degree that Notre Dame will present to him for being the speaker.

If Obama was to speak at one of my alma matters, Ball State or Indiana University, I would have no qualms with him speaking and being honored at commencement.  I don’t see Obama speaking at commencement as much of a pro-life issue, but more of a catholic church issue.  There is enormous irony in the fact that one of the biggest pro-life groups in America would give a law degree to the most pro-abortion president in American history who is using the law to make abortion more accessible, not only in America, but globally.

With all of this said, I am somewhat disturbed by all of the picketing and protesting being done by pro-life groups in South Bend.  I could potentially see it as justifiable if there was a chance they could reverse Notre Dame’s  decision on who they would want to speak and honor at commencement.  If Notre Dame only had Obama as a speaker on campus and not honoring him, then I think the protesters would have even less of a case.

I believe that there is a time and a place for protesting abortion clinics.  In this scenario, a better and more effective alternative would be to engage the culture in conversation.  Often times, picketing and protesting like what is happening in South Bend can be more of an annoyance and something that people tone out.  Seeing a sign and protester most likely will not change a person’s mind.

By dialoguing walls can be broken down and a conversation can be had.  A conversation leads to a relationship and this is where change happens.  People aren’t engaged by protestors, maybe enraged, but protesting only makes it about us versus them.  An us versus them never wins people, but only alienates them.

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