Most of us remember how the University of Notre Dame disgraced itself by allowing the Messiah Most Miserable to sully its commencement ceremony AND receive an honorary degree from what once was a Catholic institution. This happened in 2009. Many good people protested, both before and during the debacle, from afar and right on the campus itself with some being arrested. Father Jenkins was warned of the protests beforehand but carried on, claiming that the President of the United States should be a welcome speaker.
My! How times change in these eight years! When faced with the prospect of President Trump giving a commencement address at his campus, all of the sudden, Jenkins is having his doubts! Says the UND president, "I do think the elected leader of the nation should be listened to. And it would be good to have that person on the campus — whoever they are, whatever their views. At the same time, the 2009 commencement was a bit of a political circus, and I think I’m conscious that that day is for graduates and their parents — and I don’t want to make the focus something else."
Let's examine all this, shall we? We'll start from the end: "I don't want to make the focus something else". What a piece of crock! When Obama came, Jenkins didn't care one whit about that day being "for the graduates and their parents". It was a victory lap for both Obama and Father Theodore Hesburgh. The latter was president of UND from 1952 - 1987. During that time he authored the heretical Land-O-Lakes Statement and helped the infiltration of progressivism into the inner workings of the Church hierarchy. Because he also gave aid and comfort to Msgr Jack Egan as the latter was developing the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, he fostered the kind of "community organizing" that jump-started Obama's political career. Yes indeed, Jenkins was celebrating a triumph of progressivism that day, not the graduates.
Now let's look at the "circus". He thinks that more of that may be present because of Trump as opposed to Obama? Arguably he has a point. Consider the rioting and rampage that occurred in various metropolitan areas as marauders roamed the streets, smashed windows, beat up Trump supporters, set things on fire, etc while proclaiming that Trump is "not my president". Consider all those Clinton supporters who claimed to be traumatized, with many campuses setting up crisis counseling centers all because their candidate lost. Perhaps Jenkins is concerned that UND students will have their noses put out of joint in such great numbers that he'll have trouble setting up enough counseling centers, safe spaces, etc. Such a circus might indeed dwarf what he faced in 2009. Does Jenkins realized what he might have admitted? He might have cheered all the mayhem that happened elsewhere after the election, but isn't so keen with the prospect of his own campus being trashed by overgrown brats. Well, just as he jailed the pro-life protesters, he can grow a backbone and be prepared to haul away any rampaging snowflakes.
Such double standards these progressives have! And now the masks are coming off their faces.
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