Government Official Seeks to Censor Philanthropist’s Speech.

Cardinal Newman Society reports: A Cincinnati city councilman who identifies himself as gay doesn’t think a man who disagrees with him should have the right to speak.

anthony-munozAnthony Munoz, former Cincinnati Bengals star, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and big-time local philanthropist, was asked by Xavier University to give this year’s commencement address.

Xavier University is a Catholic, Jesuit University, which means they like community service and social justice things like what Munoz champions in the local community.

But Anthony Munoz also believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman and isn’t shy about publicly supporting that belief. This is also a truth that the Catholic Church teaches and has taught uncompromisingly, so Xavier should be on board.

But this position is, apparently, radical and dangerous to some. So radical and dangerous, in fact, that in spite of his many great and laudable efforts to help so many people, a city council member thinks Munoz is unfit to speak to the graduates at Xavier, even though, one can reasonably assume, Munoz would not make marriage a major topic in his talk. Never mind any of that: Since Munoz dares disagree with same-sex marriage he must be censored.

Xavier, being a Catholic university, really has a great opportunity here to witness to the sanctity of marriage, express the true compassion at the heart of the Church’s message for all persons, show how this compassion is beautifully expressed in and through the teachings of the Church—even the ones some find hard or absurd, and to stand up for Munoz’s right to speak even if what he believes or says seems reprehensible to some in positions of power.

Or to students.

According to the city council member, a petition at the chronically laughable regarding this kerfuffle was set up by Xavier students. The petition reads, in part: “Xavier University deserves a commencement speaker that all around  reflects our university’s values…At this time, Mr. Munoz does not reflect those values.”

For their part the University said, “Anthony Munoz was selected as this year’s commencement speaker because of his tremendous service to our community through the Anthony Munoz Foundation and his remarkable reputation for charitable work.”

So the students think “tremendous service to our community,” a “remarkable reputation for charitable work,” and upholding the sanctity of marriage do not reflect the “university’s values”?  Clearly they don’t understand what a Catholic university is all about.

For heaven’s sake, in 2009 Notre Dame honored the rabidly pro-abortion Barack Obama, whom Notre Dame would later sue for violating our constitutionally protected religious liberty, and had him speak at commencement in spite of massive and high-level opposition; ‘twould truly be a travesty if a city council member and a student petition cowed Xavier into disinviting Munoz because he boldly upholds a Catholic teaching that is not presently in vogue.



  • janennise

    please honor your church and the US. constitution regarding free speech. please don’t be cowed by bullies, political correctness and hatred . stand up for yours and our rights

  • Robb

    But let’s be honest, when Obama was asked to speak at Notre Dame, there was no talk of “censoring” speech by denying him access to that platform.

    • Slats

      Catholic Vote and other good Catholics wanted to prevent President Obama from speaking at Notre Dame because his perspective and goals were antithetical to the Catholic faith. His views were contrary to the values of the university, at least to what they should have been. In this case, folks want to prevent Munoz from speaking because he does hold Catholic values, and then they say that those values are contrary to the values of the university. One develops an aneurysm thinking about the uproariousness of the situation too much.

      The number one reason I tell Catholic folks not to send their kids to Notre Dame is not that Jenkins invited Obama, not that McBrien got tenure, not that they employ a persecutor of contemporary Christians like Candida Moss (the purposes of her “Myth of Persecution” book are to pooh-pooh the empirically real and genuinely crippling privations of money and livelihood that redound to contemporary Christians and Catholics who oppose evil, thus oppressing them), but rather the actions of the student body when Obama did speak at Notre Dame. A few of the students began to voice protest when he came to the podium. It is alleged that about half of the graduating seniors began to chant “We are ND” until the vocal protests ended. In other words, half of the seniors that year had been formed to shout down the good and protect evil. I think some folks like to say that there are the pseudo-Catholic, Jesuit, VM-producing colleges where your child will likely lose his or her faith, the “Cardinal Newman” colleges where they will likely keep it, and that Notre Dame is somewhere in between. I think the graduation episode shows that, whatever good things may be happening on the fringes, Notre Dame in the mainstream is ensconced as the crown diadem of that undesirable former group.

  • Teep Schlachter

    Here’s to hoping that Fr. Graham and the board are consistent here. XU has had a few kerfuffles in the past 6 years or so. When Obama’s healthcare plan was approved by congress, XU took the opportunity to reevaluate its insurance provider so as to better meet Catholic moral teaching while still allowing people to choose plans that included coverage for things like contraception. When the Vagina Monologues was on campus, the administration didn’t move to get rid of it, but made room for response in an academic setting. Clearly censorship was not in play in either case, and I hope it will not be here either. Even if I haven’t always liked some of the things that the XU admin tolerates, the truth is at least allowed a platform. I don’t see why that wouldn’t continue.

  • http://frontier James Gapp

    Stay strong with God and our catholic /Christian beliefs. Don’t let the biggoted minority change our lives because of their sinful values in life.

  • Slats

    I know that the petition speaks to the opinion of its signers and not to the university’s, but if it were true that “Mr. Munoz does not reflect (the university’s) values” viz-a-viz marriage, then Xavier’s doors should be closed its doors and its whole campus burned to the ground. We’ll see how the powers that be react to the petition.

  • Colleen Barry

    We knew it would get to this point…’re not allowed to disagree and speak….What social conservatives warned would happen….. It is happening even faster then I thought.

    • Ralph Bonuccelli

      Pray for this nation and the misguided students that might have signed the petition. They are being mislead very much like the Nazis misled the German people. If Xavier University folds on this, God have mercy on them. They will have turned against Christ as if they were sending him to the cross. God bless Munoz for his courage to speak the truth.



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