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Friday, April 17, 2009

Religion & Prayers

What is wrong with our Catholic universities?

According to an article from NBC Washington that was on the internet when President Obama made his speech on the economy last Wednesday, it seems that the White House asked the university to cover a symbol of Jesus. The gold "IHS" monogram inscribed on a pediment was covered over by a piece of black painted plywood. The university said that they had been asked to cover all university signage and symbols behind the stage in Gaston Hall. If the president didn't want a sign of religion visible, he should not have spoken at a Catholic, private university.

There has been a lot of controversy over Notre Dame's inviting the president to speak at the commencement this year. I have conflicting thoughts on this. You have to separate the office from the man. Having the President speak is a good thing, however, giving him an honorary degree is another. His views and actions are quite different from Catholic teaching. His allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is wrong, as is his desire to rescind the Freedom of Conscience Act. There are enough doctors and nurses who are willing to perform abortions, no doctor or nurse should be forced to perform these procedures that are contrary to their beliefs.

Along the same lines, have you heard about the College of Alameda. It seems that a student met a teacher who was feeling ill. The student asked the teacher if she would like the student to pray for/with her. Evidently the teacher consented. Another teacher came into the room and told the student that praying was not allowed. This student was suspended, but the administration backed away from the suspension with the warning that the student cannot engage in disruptive behavior. This prayer was between two consenting people.

The school may revise the district's policy so that prayers would not be prohibited as long as they are not disruptive. This student occasionally makes quiet, nondisruptive personal prayers during class, such as saying, "Lord, Jesus, help me".

How many of us are guilty of the same statement, or something similar. We'd better be careful where we speak, it may be considered disruptive or offensive in the mall, subway, etc.

5 comments:

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.

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manker said...

very insulting and scary that the university actually allowed it... He's a guest in their "house"....

shalom all
gp

Snooty Primadona said...

Some of the things (like this) that are going on, are quite disturbing to me & I'm confused as to why there hasn't been more discussion about all this.

ANGELFITZ said...

OBAMA: WHAT CAN I SAY? ALL THE THINGS YOU MENTION ARE TRUE EXCEPT YOU LEFT OUT INFANTICIDE, WHEREBY HE SIGNED A BILL STATING THAT IF A VIABLE BABY IS BORN, IT MUST BE LEFT TO DIE ON ITS OWN, ACCORDING TO THE MOTHER'S WISHES. I SAY A "POX" ON HIM. I FEEL SO BADLY THAT NOTRE DAME IGNORED MY LETTER OF PROTEST. LOL. SORRY TO SAY THAT I KNOW OBAMA HASN'T CHANGED HIS STRIPES FROM THE OLD DAYS BUT ME THINKS HE PRETENDED TO IN ORDER TO BE ELECTED. WE SHALL SEE.

ANGELFITZ said...

OBAMA: WHAT CAN I SAY? ALL THE THINGS YOU MENTION ARE TRUE EXCEPT YOU LEFT OUT INFANTICIDE, WHEREBY HE SIGNED A BILL STATING THAT IF A VIABLE BABY IS BORN, IT MUST BE LEFT TO DIE ON ITS OWN, ACCORDING TO THE MOTHER'S WISHES. I SAY A "POX" ON HIM. I FEEL SO BADLY THAT NOTRE DAME IGNORED MY LETTER OF PROTEST. LOL. SORRY TO SAY THAT BUT I THINK OBAMA HASN'T CHANGED HIS STRIPES FROM THE OLD DAYS. I THINK HE ONLY PRETENDED TO IN ORDER TO BE ELECTED. WE SHALL SEE. I GUESS I'M MORE ANGRY AND SCARED AT OUR DIRECTION MORE THAN YOU ARE.....MEA CULPA