Since the president’s visit to another blood soaked venue was so sudden, there hasn’t been much time for comment on it, but I did want to note a few responses from people who are furious about Obama’s trip. I liked a comment from the Boston Catholic Insider. “We absolutely need to pray for the victims….It also makes sense to promote a message of hope in response to the tragedy…” But, the article goes on, is this a good time to divert police resources for a presidential visit, as the investigation is halted so that Obama can gawk? The article then excoriates Obama as “the most anti-Catholic president in history….Despite this, on Thursday we will have the most pro-abortion anti-Catholic president in history …all talking about the senseless loss of life…” The writer rejects that there is a “common language for us to pray together….How can there be a common language for prayer amongst Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Protestantism and other faiths? Is it at any time appropriate for there to be an ‘interfaith service’ in a Catholic Church, let alone the Cathedral?… Will there be any mention that the Protestants and people of other faiths in attendance are in error, which could condemn their souls to Hell?”
Then, there are the Jews who can’t attend, because they won’t go into churches, and Cathedral churches are worse than others.
And various Catholic groups who find the Boston Diocese with its history of sexual abuse to be the most offensive.
And the Protestants who understand that Catholics don’t like them, and who don’t go in to churches.
And liberal church groups who find the Church’s position on gays, inclusion and abortion to be repulsive.
And those who just don’t feel that Boston’s Islamic community has been sufficiently opposed to terror and don’t want to “pray” with them following a terror attack, even though its not known who did this.
And then there are those atheist who don’t like the image either.
And we’ll just ignore those in Washington, particularly, Democrats, who would just prefer in the shadow of yesterday’s debacle that maybe Obama should stop campaigning and just stay home and go to the office.
I’ve said this before–who is advising this guy? Is there anyone in the White House with any common sense, who could simply propose that if Obama really wants to do something, wait a few weeks and attend a memorial service in a neutral venue? I’m sorry, but its never appropriate for the president of the United States to do what he is doing, politically or otherwise, and it sends exactly the wrong message at the wrong time. I guess he does bark.