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Fighting Irish no longer fight for justice

Letter to the Editor | Monday, March 23, 2009

In 1964, Fr. Hesburgh linked arms with Martin Luther King, Jr., standing up for the dignity and equality of every human being. I am proud that my university had a hand in the fight against the evils of racism and helped the nation progress to a point when it could elect an African American president. While Fr. Hesburgh marched in the streets, fighting tirelessly to oppose the marginalization of human beings, the current Notre Dame administration has chosen to honor a man who actively works for the destruction of human life. In May, President Obama, who has strongly supported the Freedom of Choice Act and other heinous pro-abortion legislation, will take the stage in the Joyce Center and will be given an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Fr. Hesburgh, even in the face of opposition, firmly stood up for the rights of fellow human beings. Fr. Jenkins, on the other hand, has publically declared that the dignity of human beings is expendable, so long as you can secure the nation’s most prestigious graduation speaker.

Emily Matich



March 21