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Don’t hijack our day

Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, March 24, 2009

To Mr. Keane and all the others who have expressed such outrage at the invitation of President Obama to speak at this year’s Commencement (“Reactions to Obama as ND Commencement speaker,” March 23): please don’t hijack our graduation.I understand your objections. You are absolutely entitled to your outrage, but I would ask you to direct it to the proper parties and in the proper manner. Threatening “pictures of dismembered children lining Notre Dame Ave.” (“Obama choice unacceptable,” March 23) is absurd. The intended viewer (the president, I assume) will not even see those pictures. I implore you: do not turn our special day into a political circus. No one will say, “Notre Dame invited President Obama to speak, so the Church must think abortion is okay now.” People are much smarter than that. However, if you choose to hijack our graduation with large-scale protests, people will say, “How sad. How embarrassing.” It is our day, not yours. Show a little respect.

Sean Lyttlethird year lawoff campusMarch 22