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Posted on 05/19/2003 1:12:01 AM PDT by CedarDave
May 18, 2003
Protesters Walk Out on Santorum SpeechBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 6:10 p.m. ET
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- About one in every eight graduates walked out of Sunday's commencement at Saint Joseph's University before the keynote address by Sen. Rick Santorum, who recently infuriated gay groups and others with derogatory remarks about homosexual behavior.
Santorum, the Senate's third-ranking Republican, didn't mention the walkout or the controversy directly.
``We are all called to love one another, even people we disagree with, even people who hate us for what we believe,'' he said.
Students were offered an opportunity to leave before Santorum was introduced to receive an honorary degree and make his speech, and about 100 graduates walked out amid competing boos and applause.
Some students had urged the Jesuit university to rescind Santorum's invitation after he likened gay behavior to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery in an April 7 interview with The Associated Press. He later said he intended the remarks as a legal analysis and didn't intend to comment on individual lifestyles.
``Senator Santorum and I are at completely opposite ends of the spectrum,'' said graduate Sara Foglesong, among those who walked out. ``I am not incestuous. I am not a bigamist. I just happen to be bisexual. It offended me.''
Across the street, Dennis Heffernan led a group of three counter-demonstrators. ``I belong to a pro-life group, and Rick is a pro-life person,'' said Heffernan, of Philadelphia.
In another commencement speech Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney told University of Missouri graduates to look for ``the unexpected opportunities'' in life.
Before graduates of the Columbia school's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Cheney said he had retired from public service when he agreed to head George W. Bush's search for a running mate.
``If you're ever asked to head up an important search committee -- say yes,'' Cheney said, drawing laughter. ``That decision three years ago set me on a path ... this seems to be a pattern in my life: the unexpected opportunities.''
Former President Clinton, in a speech at Mississippi's Tougaloo College, blasted President Bush for his opposition to affirmative action in college admissions and accused him of neglecting domestic issues.
``I supported the president when he asked for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we can't be forever strong abroad if we don't keep getting better at home,'' Clinton told the crowd at the historically black school near Jackson.
Bisexual and a good practicing Catholic going to a Catholic university.
He did NOT!
So...look for... the Union lable....
My mother used to sing that too me as she rocked me to sleep...
This shows the quality of the education these graduates have received. Their potential for making/rendering decisions based on actual events has been overcome by either their liberal bias or their unwarranted trust in the liberal media.
Today's catholic universities are hardly Catholic; in fact they're a disgrace!
By 2005, although classes are beginning in makeshift buildings this fall, Ave Maria College will be completed outside of Immokolee, Florida.
This will be a true Catholic college that will be in strict communion with Rome and won't have pro-abortion or homosexual agenda proponents speaking on campus ever!
The idea of a tradition Catholic school is the dream of Tom Monaghan, CEO of Dominos who believes saving a soul is more important than even pizzas and is indeed "putting his money where his heart is...."
Notre Dame, Georgetown, St. Joseph University, et al have become dens of leftist and immoral activism and it's good to know that parents will have a choice.
Things like this annoy the heck out of me. I think it's either sheer stupidity or laziness more than anything.
For those who may not understand what Ed and I are saying here, what Santorum was attempting to do -- admittedly not with the best choice of words -- was to discuss the general principle of whether government has any legitimate right to regulate "private" sexual behaviors. His concern is that if the Court rules that it does not, then that will open all kinds of other doors besides homosexual behaviors.
Perhaps the distinction is too subtle for today's press corps to understand, but that is far from "equating" the the various behaviors in question. It simply raises a valid point about how far the government's nose should be permitted into the bedroom -- and saying that maybe in certain cases, it should be allowed in.
I'm really not sure how or where I think these lines should be drawn. It won't be easy.
In any event, it is totally incorrect to say that Santorum "equated" the various behaviors. He never did that. He was talking about the principle of government regulation.