Tue, 19 May 2009 16:53:53 +0000 – On Sunday in South Bend, Team Obama had its way with the Fighting Irish. While Notre Dame officials argued for months that the decision to invite President Obama to give the 2009 commencement speech and offer him an honorary law degree had nothingto do with his "unacceptable" stance on abortion and the killing of human embryos for research purposes, President Obama shrewdly and shamelessly proved that for him, the occasion had everythingto do with these issues.
During much of his 25 minute speech, President Obama lectured Notre Dame about why some of the Church's fundamental values don't really matter that much and why graduates should burn these values at his altar of feigned dialogue.
And all the while, students and professors cheered. And Fr. Jenkins took bows. And Team Obama scored points, moving quickly toward its goal of winning another electoral victory in 2012.
Shrouded in rhetoric about "seeking common ground on abortion" was an affirmation of President Obama's unwillingness to budge an inch on the issue himself. His use of smoke and mirrors phrases in the address were predictable; they are always the same:1) a call to recognize abortion as a "moral" and "spiritual" issue (is he suggesting abortion may actually be immoral sometimes?! -- nobody knows, and that's the way he likes it) 2) an expressed desire to reduce the number of abortions.
President Obama knows he can get away with this mystical criticism of abortion as something less than virtuous, because his policy history and goals are in exact contradiction to these rhetorical obfuscations. A glance at his record leaves no doubt: Senator Obama, candidate Obama, and President Obama are all the same -- a radically pro-abortion person and politician. As senator in Illinois Obama voted against providing health care for babies who survive botched abortions. Where was his moral introspection then? As a candidate he promised to sign into law the radical "Freedom of Choice Act" which would take away the hundreds of existing state and federal restrictions on abortion, like parental notification laws and the ban on partial birth abortion. How would this decrease the number of abortions? As president he has brought the United States government back into the business of using tax payers' money to fund abortions overseas and destroy human embryos at home. And, I wonder, how is this "spiritual" and how does it reduce abortions?
In defense of its fundamental values, Notre Dame was pummeled by Team Obama because it let the president get away with this political message: "Because abortion is such a complicated issue, you can support abortion and still be in line with Christian teaching." Or worse still: "You can be pro-life and pro-abortion at the same time, because being pro-life is not just about defending the unborn, but also the living, and the defense of the latter kind of makes up for abandoning the former."
That kind of logic only works if determining when life begins is "above your pay grade."
Notre Dame is a great school. I hope it sees better days on the scoreboard that counts.
P.S. Here is alink to a short clipfrom the hour of commentary I did on FOX News in the lead up to President Obama's speech.
Father Jonathan Morris, who joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in May 2005, currently serves as a contributor and also writes for FoxNews.com.