Georgetown Covers Up Name of God for Obama Speech: Wise Move
CNS news, a sort of “central nervous system” of persecution-fetishists, has been running a story claiming that the Obama administration had the monogrammed name of Jesus on a pediment covered up when Obama spoke Georgetown’s Gaston Hall.
This, of course, is supposed to be “wink-wink-nudge-nudge” proof Obama hates God, wants to restrict all public mentions of God, yadda yadda yadda.
But honestly, stop and think about the situation for a few seconds. If the school hadn’t covered it up, can you imagine the right-wing snark over the resulting photos of Obama with the Catholic initials for Jesus hovering right over Obama’s head like a label? The tediously predictable sniggering over how Obama thinks he’s the second coming? It’s a classic damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.
Indeed, I can not only imagine this happening, but I’m pretty sure that people like the NRO’s Corner bloggers would be leading the chorus of sniggering just as enthusiastically as they’re now leading the chorus of snarking over covering up the sign. They might even wag a finger at a Jesuit school for implicitly endorsing an abortion rights supporter.
And the reality is that, in this case, Obama’s folks sound like they made the right call. They didn’t affect any changes to the building or its religious iconography. They simply made sure that the President’s direct backdrop didn’t claim any special banner headline giving any perceived special religious endorsement to the words and politics of a secular leader.
The picture from the CNS story also raises my suspicions a little as to whether this is really such a strange occurrence at the school for secular speakers in the first place: the initials are blocked out by a black piece of plywood that very well could be a fairly common feature, put in place any time a speaker isn’t trying to claim Jesus’ mantle. If it comes out that this is a fairly regular occurrence, chalk it up to yet another instance in which CNS has conveniently left pertinent information out of their stories to ratchet up the partisan outrage.