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Barack Obama’s G8 Speech ‘An Alarming Call For An End To Catholic Education’

June 20, 2013 by  

Barack Obama’s G8 Speech ‘An Alarming Call For An End To Catholic Education’

At least he was smart enough to test the waters on foreign soil before introducing this particular facet of his agenda in the United States.

Speaking in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the location of this year’s G8 summit, President Barack Obama flatly told a crowd of about 2,000 that parochial schools are, essentially, part of the problem. Naturally, the listening crowd had more than a few Irish Catholics in attendance.

“If towns remain divided — if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden — that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” said the President.

Catholic World News described Obama’s shocking statement as an argument “that parochial schools are an impediment to the establishment of a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.”

The Scottish Catholic Observer went further, saying the President’s rhetoric “has made an alarming call for an end to Catholic education in Northern Ireland in spite of the fact that Archbishop Gerhard Muller told Scots that Catholic education was a ‘critical component of the Church.’”

Indeed, the Vatican had recently praised the value of Catholic education over the weekend, when Muller — a direct appointee of Pope Benedict XVI to the Prefecture of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — told a Scottish audience that Catholic schools offer a convergence of “intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment” that serves students well in all walks of life.

Perhaps because of the setting for Obama’s remarks, most of the distress over their sinister implications has come from Catholics. But the part-Irish President equally condescended to Protestants in his statement, even though an Internet search two days after the speech turns up little in the way of alarm from non-Catholic Christians.

American Catholic priest Fr. John Zuhlsdorf spoke for many Christians of all faiths when he assessed the President’s intentions on his blog:

Another example of what this man wants: total isolation of any religious values in the private sphere alone.

…Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a foreign visit to a Islamic nation where he told people on his arrival that they shouldn’t have madrasas.  Can you?

Did he when visiting, say, Israel, say “You Jews shouldn’t have synagogue schools and you muslims shouldn’t have mosque schools.”  I can’t remember.  Did he?

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • shadow1776

    I think Obama is showing his true colors. A communist, religion hater, free thinking hater. A True agent of Evil.!!!

  • James

    Satin’s disciple on earth, trying to rid religion from the lives of good people. Life would be one thousand times better if this abomination did not exist at all, and all others who think like ……it.

  • judy

    He is the Devils son. Hitler reborn!! We should all be prepared for the worst,as long as he has the power that the liberal devil worshipers so happily and ignorantly gave him.. Stay close to your families and God and we will defeat him and his GESTAPO army of thugs. Stay strong my brothers and sisters….Im sure the worst is still to come.

  • Tunde Adenodi

    It is preposterous to suggest that Obama would go to N Ireland to call for an end to Catholic education, even an end to anyone’s education! The word “parochial” does not suggest such a wicked assertion except to an Obama hater. Pls stop sending stupid messages like this. It tells me more about you than Obama.

    • Tommy cunningham

      He said was part of the problem and discourages cooperation. Meaning needs done away with so we will cooperate in giving up our liberty.

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  • Don miller

    Yea he wants to end every religion in this country except the Muslim religion so we the people don’t affend any Muslims well if their so offended they certainly have my permission to trot their happy asses right back home along with the rest who don’t like America’s traditions and lifestyles enough is enough a civil war is certainly warranted in this country in order to get our house in order our house being this united states of America they can either love it or leave makes no difference to me and the rest of we the people we didn’t make this country great to hand it over to immigrants looking to change everything we the people fought and died for its an abomination if I ever saw one you don’t like our culture and way of life LEAVE!!!!! We didn’t ask or bring you here this corrupt government did without our consent remember Washington you work for us not the other like so many politicians think a dn disgrace the politicians have turned this country into a mockery of what it should be I bet plenty fighting Irish out there would be willing to stand united with we the people and straighten this politicaless out if there’s time maybe to late already if so its time to leave

  • Marguerite Broussard

    I am shocked & embarrassed by Obama’s
    admission that he is prejudiced. It certainly
    isn’t the view the President of our FREE
    Country should be advertising. I attended
    Parochial school & am very thankful
    for the education & family values I was
    taught. My sincere apologies from an
    American who definitely is ashamed by my
    President’s prejudicial admission.


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