For not allowing herself to be used by defenders of President Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame, the Harvard law professor is being attacked as a tool of the former Bush administration.
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That means that if an oblique reference to abortion or embryonic stem cell research keeps company with boilerplate phrasing about hope, change, and dialog, listeners will have to endure the finest sales pitch for moral equivalence that President Obama and his speech writers can muster. As Francis Cardinal George observed after being lied to, “It’s hard to disagree with him because he’ll always tell you he agrees with you,” yet disagreement is necessary.
Fortunately, Cardinal George not only challenged President Obama’s lies (some of which were recycled for a press conference last week); he also described similarities between abortion and slavery, suggesting that if abortion were viewed through the lens of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Catholic bishops would be with Lincoln, and President Obama would be with Douglas.
As the Learned Hand Professor of Law, with research interests in bioethics, constitutional law, and human rights, Mary Ann Glendon could also demolish the talking points to which President Obama has pledged himself, but an award acceptance speech is not the proper forum for that.
Far from being hypocritical, Professor Glendon’s service as an ambassador to the Holy See, her lifetime of pro bono work, and her refusal to be part of the John Jenkins Circus for Obama speaks volumes about her understanding of Catholic teaching. Would that we all had her courage.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?