Video: Obama Calls for an End to Catholic Schools

Earlier this week in Northern Ireland, Notre Dame honorary-degree holder President Obama called for an end to Catholic schools, in front of an audience of about 2,000 young people — many of them Catholic:

This was part of his official prepared remarks which are now available on the White House website:

“…Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity — symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others — these are not tangential to peace; they’re essential to it.  If towns remain divided — if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs — if we can’t see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division.  It discourages cooperation.”

I would argue this is actually even worse than it seems at first glance.

After all, under Obama we have seen the rise of a toxic government culture where unelected bureaucrats feel enabled to target and harass American citizens whose political views differ from their own.

Now that President Obama has essentially saw fit to declare open season on Catholic schools abroad, what’s to stop the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan or other officials in that department from seeing Obama’s remarks as their excuse to start harassing Catholic schools here?

Screen shot 2013-06-20 at 4.45.56 PMIf this sounds crazy, remember how crazy it sounded only a few years ago that Catholic institutions would be forced by the government to pay for contraception and abortifacient pills, or how crazy it sounded only a few months ago that the IRS would intentionally target conservatives for audits and other politically-motivated harassment.

Obama’s remarks also, once again, went out of their way to single out Catholics. As Fr. Z pointed out:

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a foreign visit to a Islamic nation where he told people on his arrival that they shouldn’t have madrasas.  Can you?

Did he when visiting, say, Israel, say “You Jews shouldn’t have synagogue schools and you Muslims shouldn’t have mosque schools.”  I can’t remember.  Did he?

Of course not — because such comments would rightfully invite criticism and be condemned.

Outside Catholic circles, I don’t see anyone talking about what Obama said about Catholic schools in Ireland.

Protestants should be offended as well.

And here’s my biggest concern — Obama really believes what he said. He really does believe Catholics and Protestants having their own schools is “part of the problem.” And so does the left.

So speak up now, while we still have a chance of grabbing his attention and showing him we’re not going to stand for it.

Please SIGN THIS NEW CV PETITION to Obama demanding his apology.

First our hospitals and businesses, and now our schools — I’ve had enough.

  • Cara Avila

    Perhaps he meant this for Northern Ireland n the Protestants and Catholics that have been fighting for years. However, to make a statement like this he has to believe the concept of having Catholic schools n Protestant schools is part of a problem of division. Really? What about Yeshivas and Islamic schools? Separation of church n state?!

  • cynthia

    obama is terrible he must be the anti christ,how much longer are we going to put up with him,God have mercy

  • MJM

    @ Sean Watson
    I think we all understand the surface tone in which the comments were made, Mr Peters, included. But what you may be missing is the point of the article. Using Obama’s history of rhetoric, his words are far more sinister than the spoken word present. Isn’t he the one he said his government will be the MOST transparent? Isn’t he the one who said he learned about Benghazi on the TV news? Isn’t he the one who said Obamacare will NOT raise taxes? And so on…. I believe what Mr. Peters is correctly pointing out is that this is how Obama starts. It’s subtle, yet it is cunning. You hear a peaceful, loving message while others, like myself, hear a much different message based on Obama’s actions toward the Catholic Church. Our ears perk up – I see no false witness, I see the need to be cautious. Remember that Hell is paved in good intentions.

  • Sean Watson

    Wow. Way to take an Obama speech where he argues against divisiveness and tries to bring people together, like Protestants and Catholics, and turn it into a plan for closing down all Catholic schools. Mr. Peters, that’s called bearing false witness, or LYING, to speak plainer. Perhaps you should listen to what he’s actually saying, that “if we can’t see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division.” That’s from your quote above, and it’s specifically talking about what you just did: demonizing those who don’t believe exactly as you do, exploiting fear, building resentment, and creating divisiveness.

    I think we’d have a better world if there were more people who tried to bridge differences and fewer who spread fear and lies.

  • Agustín

    It is incredible that obama Said That! I am Uruguayan, my country is similar and is close to Argentina, but France’s culture influence. The only place you really know where Catholics and other faiths speak of religion is in Catholic schools and is because they talk about it in catechesis, In a state’s school no matter religion, then it is very difficult to talk about it with people from there. I’m not trying to offend but this is an attempt to impose the Agnostisismo / Atheism.Bye

  • Colin

    In Obama’s defense, he seems to be referring to the total segregation of Protestants and Catholics not just to school segregation. This is between two groups who have clashed violently in Ireland’s past and very well might benefit from some form of voluntary desegregation. I knew some family friends that hosted a few Irish boys each year, Protestant and Catholic, as part of an initiative to get them to know the other side on a personal level. While I don’t doubt the president is an opponent to Catholic schools, I don’t think his statements here are objectionable.



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