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Can we give credit to the 'enemy' sometimes?

June 27, 2013 - Paul Giannamore
A few days ago my crack research staff, i.e., family, told me President Obama said he wants to close every Catholic school in the country if he had his way.

Now, while Obama has a personal agenda that I don’t agree with, and he’s all-powerful now that he needs no voters, and I believe he wants to marginalize religious institutions that oppose his moves on marriage and abortion, such a statement still seemed extreme. Surely his supporters at Notre Dame (which many Catholics including me cannot figure out) would have reacted.

Seems like, if he actually had said that, I should be really, really upset and I would have heard it somewhere other than my living room. Also seems like, if he actually had said that, somebody might have found a way to work it into the national news cycle this week, amid all the pro-gay, anti-Civil Rights Movement moves of the Supremes.

So, I did what I always do. I Googled. I looked for something like “Obama’s closing Catholic schools” or “Obama speech and Catholic Schools.”

Yes, he said the following:

“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." He said it. In Ireland.

Where Catholics and Protestants have waged war and terror attacks for most of my life.

In that context, it’s a pretty good statement, dare I say, Kennedy-esque.

Even Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the go-to guy on fighting Catholic bashing, came out this week and said it was much ado about nothing.

Presidents we don’t like sometimes say something that is significant, taken in context. He was speaking about the things that keep people apart.

Kind of like John Lennon’s “Imagine,” taken by some as a song supporting a commie-atheist life.

The attitude that assumes everything an opponent says must be hated is what led the nation to, well, Obama’s re-election and a Congress incapable of doing anything since Obama was elected in the first place.

It’s why the GOP would destroy Chris Christie instead of boosting him as a possible frontrunner for 2016. How dare he thank Obama for helping the people of New Jersey. He must be scum.

It’s why I blame John McCain for helping put the U.S. where it is now. He unleashed a reality TV star small-town mayor and half-term governor on the nation, a person whose personal crest much include the Latin word for “inflammatory.” Keep ’em polarized until you have your way.

Talk about “death panels” so that people are so angry they cannot really have real, civil debate about the scare-enough cost-allocation measures in the overreaching health care law. Catchphrases do us all better, right?

This kind of stuff keeps eyes off the really scary actions, such as Obama deciding to go for executive orders that will, eventually, end heavy industry in this country by pushing it to places without any environmental rules. Or the NSA continuing its spying. On us.

And, really, Obama didn’t close Catholic schools across the area in the past 15 years or so. Low student enrollment, a combination of dropping population numbers and folks just not sending their kids to the schools did.


Article Comments

Jul-01-13 12:45 PM

You needed to be more specific in regards to the Obama speech.The Republic of Ireland has been relatively free of sectarian conflict since gaining it's independence from the United Kingdom.

Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is where Obama gave his speech. Different country; with a history of sectarian violence, especially since The Troubles began in the late to mid 1960's.


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