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Appearance protest

John Monczunski | Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I am always amazed at the contortions people go through to justify the positions of their favorite politicians and political parties. Sean Mullen and Andrew Lynch tell us that it was appropriate to protest Barack Obama’s appearance because of his position on abortion, because abortion is intrinsically evil. However, they argue, no one should have protested Newt Gingrich regarding his pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-torture views (which run counter to Christ’s teaching) because they are not “intrinsicaly evil.” Oh really? By the logic of Mr. Mullen and Mr. Lynch, if Adolf Hitler were alive and speaking at Notre Dame we should not protest him, because Hitler, too, was pro-life, and his policies led to “only” 11 milliion deaths in the Holocaust. I am weary of people who see abortion as the only evil in the world. And who only see evil in Democrats. Evil is evil, I would submit. It is all bad.

John Monczunski

associate editor

Notre Dame Magazine

Sept. 20