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Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mr. Terry,

While I applaud your enthusiasm and dedication to the pro-life cause, I seriously doubt your sanity.

Standing up for what you believe in? That’s fine. Disagreeing vehemently over an issue? Absolutely, please do. But wanting to send an aborted fetus to the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America? That’s just crazy.

Mr. Terry, as an ardent supporter of life you claim that all humans should be valued and respected, but what are you doing when you post pictures of aborted fetuses all over South Bend? What are you doing when you arrange to have a dead fetus FedEx’ed to a president of the United States? You are devaluing and disrespecting human life by using these dead children as instruments to further your agenda. This is hypocrisy.

If you really want to take a cue from Martin Luther King as you aptly stated in your Observer article, you will remember that he told us that “like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.” You argue that hate is good. You once said “I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good.” Mr. Terry, what you do does not even begin to resemble the great work of MLK.

In my opinion, you foster hatred instead of working out of love, you encourage radical behavior and outrage instead of civil debate and constructive discussion, you revel in your sensationalism instead of actually making a difference. I hope you know that no matter how many aborted fetuses you want to disrespect and plaster outside the gates of Notre Dame, no matter what kind of inane “circus” you plan to create, President Obama will come here. He will speak to the Class of 2009. I will be there and you, Mr. Terry, will be stuck outside our gates.


Allison Ciesielski


off campus

April 8