"Pro-Lifers" Plan to Get Arrested -- 'Until
the South Bend Jail Is Overflowing'
"Pro-life" activists plan to keep on being arrested at the University
of Notre Dame in the run-up to May 17, when President Barack Obama
shows up in South Bend, Ind., to deliver the commencement address and
accept an honorary degree.
The Roman Catholic university has no business honoring a man who
supports abortion, stem cell research and same-sex marriage, all of
which defy Catholic teaching, critics insist.
Dr. Alan Keyes, a conservative Republican who ran for the U.S. Senate
seat that Barack Obama ended up winning in 2004, says he plans to be
among those arrested at Notre Dame.
Keyes is urging like-minded people to join him: "I will go to South
Bend. I will step foot on the Notre Dame campus to lift up the standard
that protects the life of the innocent children of this and every
generation," he said in a statement posted at StopObamaNotreDame.
"If this be trespass, then forgive us our trespasses and join us in
trespassing until the South Bend jail is filled to overflowing with
witnesses to truth; filled beyond capacity; filled until we break the
most onerous shackles of all -- the ones that bind the heart and mind
to evil and our nation to the path of its destruction," Keyes wrote.
Keyes is asking others who have "prayed and labored for the unborn" to
join him and others in the protest that is expected to culminate in
Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, says he is "elated"
that Dr. Keyes will join the protest at Notre Dame. "Local Catholics
are already planning to be arrested with him," Terry said. "Let us pray
that Notre Dame will see the light after they feel the heat," he said.
Terry was arrested last Friday, after refusing an order to leave school
grounds. He was part of a protest in which demonstrators pushed baby
carriages with dolls covered in fake blood.
As CNSNews.com has reported, at least 19 Catholic bishops, including
Cardinal Francis George, who is president of the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops, have spoken against Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama.
The Rev. Hugh W. Cleary, the head of the Catholic religious order that
founded and now sponsors the University of Notre Dame, declared in an
“open letter” to President Barack Obama that many good Catholics are
scandalized by his pro-abortion policies, which, Cleary said, are
“regarded by us as an intrinsic evil.”
Contact: Susan Jones
Date: May 6, 2009
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