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.

99 thoughts on “Video: Obama Calls for an End to Catholic Schools

  1. John Q. Public says:

    Another act in the shredding of the constitution by the Feds. It is for the distinct reason to force us to worship the State. The Soviets and Chinese outlawed religious freedom. Any one who believes in freedom, the bill of rights or God is now on the “terrorist list”. We are being overrun by the Globalists and will lose our sovereignty if you all don’t stand up and be counted. The new world order is the enemy of all freedom loving people! Become conscious and pay attention to what is happening. The rabbit hole is very deep. Liberty lovers on are being attacked on ALL fronts. I do not want to be a slave in a Globalist society, run by corporate and elite interests. Get you news from the true free media on line, not the “mainstream repeaters” on cable.

  2. beth says:

    Shutting Down All Catholic Schools is a great idea that should be implemented straight away. This is the only way to stop wide spread child abuse and the inconsistent and dangerous practices of the catholic church. The quicker the catholic church is abolished and the papacy arrested the better off humanity will be.

  3. Sonali says:

    As someone who went to Catholic schools, I can understand what his intention was – sometimes the existence of all of these exclusive institutions creates prejudice and judgmental atmospheres. I have seen that in the past few years.

    However, my Catholic schools were never like that. The teachers, students, and parents were always very kind and respectful towards everyone, regardless of religion. There was never any “Catholic vs. Protestant” or “Catholic vs. Jew” dispute. That is something I’ve seen in other Catholic communities, though.

    So I think Catholic schools should definitely continue to exist, and continue to teach students Catholic values, and Catholic values include being respectful and kind. If they continue to do that, Obama shouldn’t have a problem.

  4. John Atwood says:

    As a School Board member, I resent much of the criticism of public schools. The federal controls imposed upon us tie our hands. As in any business, responsibility with loss of authority just does not work We do not need a federal Dept of Ed. Leave it to the states or better still the local school board and change the tort laws so that we are not under the constant fear of being sued. You would see an evolution of the public school system if we were allowed to have control

    1. Joshua Mercer says:

      We also support local control of education and want the federal government completely out of education.

  5. Dorey Houle says:

    It is because of private schools; Catholic, Christian (Protestant), Jewish, Muslim, etc.; that state and local governments are able to (poorly) educate the children who attend mainstream public schools. If all children attending private schools registered at their local public school, the Departments of Education would be so overwhelmed and unprepared to provide classroom space, learning materials, and teachers that the system would be disabled. As a parent who has chosen private school instead of public school I can say that it is the inclusion of values in the running of these schools that are the clear benefit to my children. Perhaps if public education impressed upon its students the benefits of hard work and accountability the difference between private and public education would not be so stark.

  6. Noreen Allert says:

    He is a disgrace. How dare him say that…sad part is he believes it!! We were warned and now he’s running a muck!!!

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