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It is a real shame what has happened to Christian higher education in this country. So many once Christian schools have sold their soul for the sake of respectability within secularist academia. (See my comment in the thread.)
Notre Dame is just banging the final nail in the coffin. It long ago ceased to be a Catholic institution in any teaching sense. (It may still be in some cultural and institutional sense.) Inviting legalized baby killing and stem cell harvesting Obama to give their commencement address is a blatant affront. I don’t think Notre Dame necessarily needs to ensure that their commencement speaker agrees with ever facet of Catholic doctrine, but the symbolism of this is just so obvious and bad. It is one more instance of the further co-opting of nominal Christianity by the “religious left.” This is the same reason I opposed Obama’s invitation to speak at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. There is nothing wrong with dialogue per se, but it was another photo and press release opportunity that sent a horrible message.
And don’t think Obama doesn’t understand this. I am sure he got many commencement invites. By picking Notre Dame he is consciously sticking a thumb in the eye of an institution (the Catholic Church) that ought to be providing resistance to his transformative program.