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Condemn Randall Terry

Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I would like to call your attention to an offensive mailing that many alumni received in the last few days. It is from Randall Terry and his organization, StopObamaNotreDame.com. This mailing contains a four-page letter, a visually explicit postcard and a donation request. This mailing asks its recipient to convince the University to stop President Obama’s appearance at Commencement and remove Fr. Jenkins from office.

The University cannot turn a blind eye to efforts by outside organizations claiming to “protect” the University. The University must also question how this organization was given access to millions of alumni names. It is time for Notre Dame to publicly condemn Mr. Terry, his organization and this mailing. The appearance of President Obama should encourage an intelligent debate about modern-day Catholicism and politics and not an unsolicited, hateful call to action. The University cannot stand by in silence while Mr. Terry moves his organization forward. The University should be ashamed that this issue has spiraled so far out of control.

Maria Mirto

alumna

Class of 1978

April 27