Getting back to the topic of protests at Boston College over Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice being asked to give the commencement speech (because the previous thread has gone so far astray), Hub Politics lists a whole slate of other speakers at BC who didn’t get similar protests when they came to speak. Of course, small groups of pro-lifers and other orthodox Catholics voiced their opposition, but most of those who are now oppose Rice as unfit to be honored because she’s a Cabinet member in the Bush administration which went to war in Iraq and, oh yeah, she’s pro-choice as well, were silent on these others, such as:
- Walter Dellinger, former acting Attorney General for Clinton who has worked with NARAL Pro-Choice America.
- Kate Michelman, president of NARAL
- US Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.; 100% pro-abortion voting record approved by NARAL
- Sen. John Kerry, 100% pro-abortion voting record approved by NARAL
- Sen. Ted Kennedy, ditto
- Three other Clinton Cabinet secretaries.
Is this rank hypocrisy? The opposition to Rice is not about Catholic teaching, especially not the fundamental teaching on abortion, but against her politics and her position in the Bush administration. And one thing that’s become clear in my experience is that many people don’t just disagree with Bush’s politics. They hate him with a deep and abiding antipathy and that transfers to everyone around him. I think this may be yet more examples of this.
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