May 13, 2009

Standing Up in the Notre Dame Scandal

If you haven't heard, radical right-wing conservatives are freaking out all over because Notre Dame asked the president of the United States of America to speak at graduation.

Here's a Facebook page for some binders that, supposedly, contain the names of people with their underwear in a bunch over this issue.

If you read some of the comments, you'll see people planning to boycott the graduation. Here's a story about it on ABC's website. It's mainly a student group called ND Response.

Here's to you, ND Response, in exercising your right to free speech. However, your form of protest is pretty pathetic. This isn't just about graduation. Your college is awarding the president an honorary doctorate. That's huge. Yet you choose to protest in basically the same way an angsty high school senior does when he skips out on graduation. You're not going to be at the ceremony? So what; you're still collecting your degree.

If you want to impress people, don't just skip your graduation, reject your graduation and your degree entirely. Contact the institution and tell them you don't want your degree to be awarded. That is a rebuke which is much more likely to get attention than a hissy fit where you simply go to your own party instead of the official ceremony.

Posted by James at May 13, 2009 2:37 PM
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And how many of these boycotters think torture is OK? How about the death penalty? The war in Iraq? Divorce?

I'd be more impressed if they were consistent with their beliefs. This is all about "Obama supports abortion rights".

Posted by: briwei at May 13, 2009 4:16 PM

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