Thursday, April 16, 2009

Only Room for One Messiah

Obama comes, Jesus goes. At Georgetown University, Our Lord gets sent to His room when the quality arrives.

From Julia Dunn's story in the Washington Times:

"Julie Bataille from the university's press office e-mailed me that the White House had asked that all university signage and symbols behind the stage in Gaston Hall be covered.

'The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they've done for other policy speeches,' she wrote. 'Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn't high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.' ("Respectful" to whom? And what is meant here by "out of context"?)

Ms. Dunn continues:

I also noticed the Free Republic blog had photos comparing "before" and "after" depictions of the unfortunate monogram, which the university covered with what looks like a black cloth.

Not every Catholic institution would have caved to quite this extent. Victor Nakas, spokesman for Catholic University, e-mailed me to say several presidents have visited CUA and the most recent administration official to speak there was then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

'I can’t imagine, as the bishops’ university and the national university of the Catholic Church, that we would ever cover up our religious art or signage for any reason,' Mr. Nakas wrote. 'Our Catholic faith is integral to our identity as an institution of higher education.'"

The Drudge Report linked to a similar story on the Catholic News Service website, but the link apparently caused more traffic than the CNS site could handle. It should be live again before to long.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney


Ju said...

Obama: There can only be one, 'One'.

Some people have argued that Obama does not want to use religion to further a political ideology. However, Obama did evoke the Sermon on the Mount, at this Georgetown appearance, to further his economic agenda. Although Obama failed to mention Jesus Christ by name for the Sermon on the Mount.

“There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells a story of two men…‘the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock,’” Obama said.

“We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand,” he added. “We must build our house upon a rock.”

The last statement is particularly ironic since building your house upon a ‘ROCK‘ means to build your house with Christ as the foundation. Obama decided to blot out the real foundation from the timeless parable.

See the hi-res pictures:

Tom in San Jose said...

Just wanted to point out that is the "cybercast news service" and not the "catholic news service". However, is quite catholic-friendly and frequently carries stories like this. Here's a link to more info about them:

Anonymous said...

So, the Name that shall be above all others shall not be above The One?