I just want to start this week’s column by wishing all American citizens a very happy and safe Independence Day, along with the hope that we can all continue enjoying many more years of freedom and happiness. Happy 4th of July!!!
Now, on to the subject of latest interest to many of us — the latest trip of President Barack Obama to Northern Ireland and his claim at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall before an audience of 2000 young people, many of them Catholics, that Catholic education increases division. I wonder what’s with this man that every time he visits a foreign country he needs to make America a laughing stock.
Obama, with his typical audacity and arrogance, stated, “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.”
In my own personal opinion, President’s Obama’s comments were not only inappropriate, but also ludicrous.
I cherish the Catholic education I received from the Sisters of the Company of Mary. They taught us not only an ample education, but most of all moral principles to live by. It happens that our president doesn’t consider our Catholic faith and education good enough because we don’t allow abortion and contraception as used by girls as young as 15 under his disastrous Obamacare. So, by keeping with the teachings of our faith, we, Catholics, increase division?
Would the Obamas approve of their daughters using contraception at such an early age?
I found very interesting the words of Father John Zuhlsdorf, better known as Father Z, an American Catholic priest of the Diocese of Velletri-Segni in Italy, and an Internet personality, who compared Obama’s comment about Catholic and Protestant schools with the deference he has shown to other religions: “Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a foreign visit to an Islamic nation where he told people on his arrival that they shouldn’t have madrasas, referring to Islamic seminaries in Pakistan that train students to be Muslin clerics. Did he, when visiting, say Israel, say: ‘You Jews shouldn’t have synagogue schools and you Muslins shouldn’t have mosque schools’? I can’t remember; did he?” Father Z asked.
It is unbelievable that as president of this great nation he remembers so little of the U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights. The very First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects our right of freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. Who gave him the right to lecture another person or another nation, for that matter, on religious liberty?
Maybe he is better off by discussing how to eliminate the madrasas, teaching memorization of the Qur’an in Queens, Brooklyn and New York City, New York.
The Obamas are free to practice their Muslin religion and we are obligated to respect their choice of faith, so why does he need to interfere with ours?
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.
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