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Saturday, March 28, 2009

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Brian

Wasn't "madrassa" used by Fox News in a sensationalistic manner in "reporting" on Obama's upbringing? The irony is thick enough that I really wanted to comment.

Patrick Whelan

Sarcasm is unbecoming to Carl Olson in this piece. How would he feel if Notre Dame invited him to be their commencement speaker, and his fellow Catholics began denouncing him as the most pro-whatever (torture, war, environmental despoilment) columnist in the history of Catholicism? I suspect he would feel that such criticism was unreasoned and hateful.

The Right seems to be mostly concerned that President Obama's appearance at Notre Dame might persuade Catholics to like him. But Obama's decisive victory among Catholics last fall (54 to 45%) would seem to have already answered that question in the affirmative.

Patrick Whelan
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Carl E. Olson

Sarcasm is unbecoming to Carl Olson in this piece.

Actually, it is entirely becoming considering the vapid, insulting nature of Mr. Rutten's editorial.

How would he feel if Notre Dame invited him to be their commencement speaker, and his fellow Catholics began denouncing him as the most pro-whatever (torture, war, environmental despoilment) columnist in the history of Catholicism? I suspect he would feel that such criticism was unreasoned and hateful.

A straw man, Patrick. Trust me, I've been called a lot of things that I'm not ("neo-con," "neo-Catholic," "ultra-right-wing," "liberal", etc.), and proof is never offered (and, for the record, I'm not pro-torture, war, or environmental despoilment either). Regardless, there's ample proof of Sen./Pres. Obama's pro-abortion support, advocacy, and voting record. So, is it wrong to say so? Is it really "critical" to simply state the truth? Or hateful? It's bizarre to think that rightly describing reality is so irritating to you.

The Right seems to be mostly concerned that President Obama's appearance at Notre Dame might persuade Catholics to like him.

I see that you and Mr. Rutten see matters through the same skewed prism of "Right vs. Left" and "Rep. vs. Dem." This is about Catholic teaching, period. It certainly isn't about "liking" or "hating" someone, but stating the truth about their publicly known positions on essential issues, specifically abortion in this case.

But Obama's decisive victory among Catholics last fall (54 to 45%) would seem to have already answered that question in the affirmative.

I'm far more concerned about the 1.3 million babies murdered each year via abortion. That's a very unlikable, horrific number.

Ed S

I've never heard of Patrick Whelan or his organization before. How can anyone be president of an oxymoron? And how can Mr Whelan, using the sophomoric arguments I just read above, be president of anything but the sophomore class? My prayers for your graduation!

Peter McCabe

Mr. Olson's sarcasism is awesome, and a welcome breath of fresh air amidst the choking relativistic smog we find ourselves living in. Carl, I pray for you and your family that your clear voice may continue to be heard.

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