Friday, April 17, 2009

Georgetown University Covers Jesus Symbol for Obama Speech

At the request of the White House and ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, Georgetown University — which is Catholic — covered a monogram symbolizing the name of Jesus.

Gary Bauer, chairman of American Values and a Georgetown Law School alumnus, said he took offense to both the White House request and the compliance of Georgetown in covering the symbol on the stage.

“Whatever the motivation of the White House was," he said, "the officials at Georgetown certainly should have said, ‘If you want to come here to speak, the evidence of our faith will remain visible.' ”

Kathryn Lopez, editor of National Review Online, also expressed disgust.

“It really was an outrage," she said, "and it suggests an identity crisis at Georgetown University."

— Roger Greer