Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obama's Speech Angers Cath. in Northern Ireland; Tells Belfast Crowd Catholic Schools Are "Divisive"

President Barack Obama is under fire this week after a speech he gave in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in which he labeled Catholic schools "divisive" and likened them to former segregated schools in America's Deep South, the Life Site News website reports today (June 20, 2013).

Obama's comments have not only angered Catholics in Northern Ireland, but also have put him at odds with the Vatican's highest authorities in what remains an extremely complex and sensitive internal political dispute.

In comments that the "Scottish Catholic Observer" called "alarming" and "unfounded," Obama implied that tensions between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland would be eliminated if there were no separation between Catholic and Protestant schools.

"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," Obama said.

1 comment:

  1. "...Catholic schools 'divisive'..." This very statement is in and of itself "divisive." In my life, as a citizen of the United States of America, there has never been a more divisive president than Barack Obama. He goes out of his way and to the extreme to divide "The People." He pits one against another with a quasi methodology that festers hatred by feeding off of stereotyping. The process of stereotyping, "classification," "labeling," has forever limited thought, and spirit. Sadly, it enables the more ignorant to label, and then dismiss en masse,(The teachings of Peter). It is the root of bigotry, (The teachings of Paul), "... and likened them to former segregated schools in America's Deep South". A cloven tongue...
    The old saying; "there is a time and a place..." has never been more truly applied than it is today. It appears that Obama does not understand it's meaning; or if he does then we all must stand strong. The only place for Obama to have made this mean comment better than Ireland, for his purposes, would have been St. Peters Square. Has the Pope commented on this?