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Oppression?

Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I thought about writing to respond to Brandon Durr’s supreme faux outrage about Obama’s visit to Georgetown (“Cover the crosses,” April 20). I probably could have made a “Durrr” joke somewhere. Instead, I’m going to quote the response NBC Washington got when they asked the University about the covering of the cross. “Julie Bataille from the University’s press office e-mailed me that the White House had asked that all university signage and symbols behind the stage in Gaston Hall be covered. The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches,” she wrote. “Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn’t high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.”

Man, that’s some oppression of Catholicism right there. Ouch.

Ben Meekins

grad student

off campus

April 20