Saturday, April 11, 2009

Notre Dame President Should Rescind Commencement Speaker Invitation

Open Letter to the President of the University of Notre Dame

Dear Fr. Jenkins,

You have invited President Obama to speak at University of Notre Dame Commencement. Moreover, you plan to bestow upon him an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University at that time.

You've got to be kidding! The pro-abortion views and more importantly, the pro-abortion policies of President Obama, are the complete antithesis to the world view your institution has stood for these many years.

We here at Central Illinois Right To Life are watching closely to see what happens. If you insist on the present path, you can expect continuing adamant statements of non-support for your (once ?) great institution to appear in all our public outlets including our Facebook page, web site, blog, and quarterly newsletter.

I have read your statement on the University web site explaining your position on this matter.

Frankly, it holds no water – No previous President has been so proactively committed to the killing of the unborn. You know his action while a member of the Illinois Legislature, voting against even minimal protection and care for babies who survive an abortion procedure. My friend – this can only be characterized as Evil.

Yes - he is the first Black President, and that is of great historical and social significance. But it palls in the light of what this President is doing to promote the destruction of innocent human life. Listen again to African American Pastor, Luke Robinson at the DC Rally in January, warning President Obama not to proceed with his planned policies, lest he be complicit in Genocide! Righteous advice, but advice that has obviously gone unheeded! Will you be complicit in this great evil also, by giving its leading proponent in the world today a platform at one of the most influential institutions in Christendom?

President Obama made it clear from the beginning in his Executive Order reversing the Mexico City Policy that he was not interested in the moral scruples of those who do not share his pro-abortion agenda. He stated it too clearly for anyone to miss.

"For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us. I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate."

And with the stroke of a pen, he proceeded to release your tax dollars and mine to be used to promote the slaughter of the unborn around the world.

So as for “further positive engagement” you speak of – please remember Neville Chamberlain... I urge you to reconsider your position and rescind your misguided invitation to the President.


Dennis Dillard, Member, Board of Directors, Central Illinois Right To Life, Inc.

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