Soft Appeasement in the Service of Evil
As with the strained morality of modernism, what galls about rationalizations for the invitation of President Obama to be commencement speaker for and to receive an honorary degree from the Catholic Notre Dame University is the dishonesty of the rationalizations:
The Obama invitation, [Notre Dame President Rev. John] Jenkins emphasized, does not condone or endorse Obama’s positions on stem cells or abortion but the visit is “a basis for further positive engagement.”
As George Weigel subsequently points out in the linked article, “Commencement is not an occasion for debate.” Obama will be receiving an honorary degree.
[Catholic law professor and Reagan lawyer Doug] Kmiec, who taught at Notre Dame for 20 years and supports the invitation to Obama, called it a sign of a mature university and further evidence that religion is firmly part of the public discourse.
This about a president who has pledged to disallow religiously founded morals from guiding public policy concerning science.
The invitation and subsequent justifications point to an intention to coo the masses to slumber because they don’t comprehend the nuanced relationships between power and morality. And Father Jenkins’s emphasis of Obama’s race illustrates the soft racism whereby ethnicity trumps all, leaving the moral actor powerless in bonds of sensitivity.