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Barack Obama ‘Savages’ Catholic Education

imagesOriginally posted at American Thinker Blog

It’s already been firmly established that if a person, group or ideology disagrees with Barack Obama, he becomes fixated on them and then, any opportunity he gets, he makes provocative comments that could be interpreted as a warning shot.  The message?  Barack Obama doesn’t forget ideological unfaithfulness, and if he can, he’ll shut you up by shutting you down.

The president has imposed his bad attitude on, to name but a few: Conservatives, specifically of the tea party brand, right-leaning talk radio, Fox News, and the group the left views as the seat of pro-life advocacy, the Catholic Church.

Catholicism is a prime target because it’s an autonomous, self-governing entity that continues to insist on having the freedom to exercise the First Amendment right to freedom of religion, and has defied the administration by refusing to submit to Obamacare contraceptive and abortion directives.

So while in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit, Obama didn’t waste the opportunity to taunt Catholics worldwide by saying inflammatory things to schoolchildren. Despite the fact that just days prior, Vatican Prefect Archbishop Gerhard Müller told Scots that Catholic education is “a critical component of the Church,” Barack Obama, speaking to an audience of about 2,000 students at Belfast’s Waterfront hall, made what was described as  “an alarming call for an end to Catholic education,” saying:

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.

It’s hard to recall, but when the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner was in Indonesia, Cairo or Turkey, did he also suggest to Muslims that schooling children in madrassas “encourages division and discourages cooperation?”

Of course not.  And while the comparison may seem extreme, Barack Obama’s animosity towards Catholicism, although expressed in a more dignified manner, is eerily reminiscent of gay activist Dan Savage, founder of “It Gets Better” and Savage Love sex advisor.

In 2012, Savage was invited to give an anti-bullying speech at the National High School Journalism Conference.  Instead of addressing bullying, Savage used the opportunity to make like Barack Obama and bash Christians.

Savage implied that people use the Bible as an excuse to bully gays and cited Leviticus and Romans, which both say that homosexuality is sinful.  Then, the anti-bullying expert told the students to ignore all the bulls**t in the Bible.  When 100 students walked out, Savage responded by heckling them and calling them “pansy-assed.”

Savage might as well have been speaking to Irish students about the evils of parochial school, because the effect was the same.  Although Obama exhibits a bit more finesse when he insults Christians, he insults them just the same by implying that Catholic education fosters division – defying Archbishop Müller’s contention that Catholic education provides schoolchildren an exceptional setting where “intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment…come together.”

The truth is that it’s precisely the intellectual training, intrinsic morality, and commitment to faith that irritates secular progressive activists like Dan Savage and Barack Obama and drives them to exploit public appearances as platforms to vent their partisan hostility.

During his homily at St. Andrews Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education at Glasgow University, Archbishop Müller also said that Catholic education provides young people with a wonderful opportunity to “grow up with Jesus.” And after all, isn’t growing up with Jesus at the crux of the problem progressive ideologues, who support the gay lifestyle, facilitate premarital sex, and promote abortion, have with any kind of Christian education?

Müller stressed that Catholic schools should seek to promote “all that is good in the philosophies of societies and human culture,” concepts diametrically opposed to everything Barack Obama stands for.  That is why the president is driven to weave into every public address he gives the message that, just as the IRS and NSA scandals have proven, if you disagree with Barack Obama, he wants to shut you down.

Barack Obama’s Silence Speaks Louder than His Words

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

When President Obama disagrees with something, it doesn’t take long for him to impulsively express his disapproval in a public forum, especially when he believes doing so will further his policy goals or bolster his waning popularity.  But while what he does say sends a strong message, what he chooses not to say can send an even stronger one.

On the issue of gay marriage, the President has verbally identified himself as being in the process of “evolving” from anti- to pro- same-sex matrimony. When Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and innocent people were killed in Tucson, the President very publicly insinuated that conservative incivility contributed to a violent climate, and then goaded the nation toward mutual respect.

Barack Obama has even been brazen enough to verbally try to “intimidate” the Supreme Court “by wrongly suggesting that a ruling against the health care overhaul would be ‘judicial activism,'” as well as promote policies that restrict the Catholic Church’s right to adhere to its core religious convictions.

Above all, the President has never been reluctant to articulate his support for abortion on demand, and free contraceptives for everyone, nor has he hesitated to speak out against bullying gay teenagers, rebuke radio talk show hosts calling female college students derogatory names, or respond to criticism over his family taking extravagant vacations.

Yet with such strong opinions on these and many other issues, when those on the left do to conservatives exactly what the President has expressed indignation over when criticism is directed toward him, his policies, or liberals in general, Barack Obama’s deafening silence signals that his outrage is quite selective. With President Obama, his silence oftentimes speaks louder than his words.

A prime example of that tendency was exhibited by his speaking out in the Sandra Fluke/Rush Limbaugh incident and failing thus far to do likewise in the Dan Savage/Christian kid-bashing incident.

After Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke took to the national stage to advocate for Catholic institutions to provide insurance that covers free birth control and abortion, Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” two comments for which he later apologized.

In defense of Sandra Fluke, Barack Obama jumped into the fray when he called the third-year law student to express his support for her brave stance.  At the first press conference of 2012, Obama, who Jay Carney had already explained felt Limbaugh’s comments were “inappropriate,” revealed his motives for picking up the phone and dialing up Ms. Fluke.

The President said he did so because “he was thinking about his own two daughters,” saying:

One of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about…I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way, and I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.

I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her, and that we want to send a message to all our young people that being part of a democracy involves arguments and disagreements and debate.

Those sentiments, although noble to some, are proving to be exclusive and only expressed when Barack Obama defends the left.

Recently an incident took place where “inappropriate” remarks were directed by a gay activist toward children who were also “engaging in issues they care about.”  Yet thus far there has been no comment from the President who, on behalf of a left-wing feminist, had tripped over himself rushing to her defense.

Dan Savage, ‘It Gets Better’ founder/”Savage Love” sex advice columnist/gay activist/White House reception guest of Barack Obama, was supposed to be sharing an anti-bullying message at the National High School Journalism Conference sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA ) and the National Scholastic Press Association. Instead, Savage used the opportunity to exercise his civic duty and bully the kids who came to the conference from Christian schools in the area.

At one point, Savage described for the teenagers how “good his male partner looked in a Speedo” and told them, “I hope you’re all using birth control.” After Savage, “Evolve Already ” promoter of marriage equality for gays attempted to savage the book of Leviticus, the Apostle Paul, and his letter to the Romans, 100 offended high school students quietly stood up and filed out of the auditorium.

Feeling bullied by the students refusing to listen to his vulgar tirade, the anti-bullying speaker then “began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant ‘pansy assed.'”

Continuing on with a level of mistreatment that far surpassed Limbaugh’s two-word insult, Savage told a room full of high school students that “there are people using the Bible as an excuse for gay bullying, because it …being gay is wrong,” and encouraged them all to “ignore all the (expletive deleted) in the Bible.”

Based on how quickly Barack Obama raced out to the microphones to address what he felt were demeaning comments directed toward the frail Ms. Fluke, is Obama planning on doing likewise and officially distancing himself from Dan Savage by publicly addressing his “inappropriate,” anti-Christian remarks?

When he’s finished straightening out Mr. Savage, will the President then be phoning the children who were called ‘pansy asses’ by his abusive White House guest, as he did Sandra Fluke ?  Will he tell the kiddies their parents should be proud of them for the dignified way they respectfully dismissed themselves from the awkward confrontation?

Afterwards, at his next press conference, will Obama share that he thought about how terribly his Christian daughters Sasha and Malia would have felt being singled out and insulted in such a public way, just for going to a high school journalism conference?

Will Barack Obama condemn verbal and religious abuse of any kind and remind America “The remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse.” Or will Mr. Obama send a strong but silent message of agreement to the anti-bullying bully Dan Savage by choosing to say absolutely nothing at all?

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