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President Obama made no special requests for the graduation at Notre Dame

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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:00 am

This is in response to the letter signed by Carolyn Hadden, of Galt, posing the question, “Is Obama really a Christian?” on July 19.

Ms. Hadden’s letter contained one glaring error, at least. She stated, “In fact, when Obama went to speak at the graduation at Notre Dame last year, he said all religious statues, icons and even the crucifix had to be covered!” This is blatantly untrue! I checked myself (8:32 a.m. July 19) by calling the Office of the President at Notre Dame University, and was told by the secretary answering the phone that this statement was “absolutely untrue.” No such order was given by President Obama or anyone else. In fact, the graduation ceremony was held in the football stadium and, as a practicing Catholic, I can say that it is not the practice of the Catholic Church to adorn its stadiums with religious statues, etc.

I heartily support the idea that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but they have a grave responsibility to check the facts before making outright statements such as this one about President Obama.

Ron Rader


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