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Old 04-18-2009, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by rockdawg21
Ugh, really saddened last night. A friend of mine whom, I've always considered a patriot, didn't see anything wrong with this. I told him what happened and all he had to say was, "It's separation of church & state." A piece of my heart almost died. Then he said "Alright, Obama hater." I no longer consider him a patriot, I really couldn't believe he didn't see anything wrong with this at all. Plus, this guy is a regular at his church, observes lent, etc.; a very active member of his church.
I see nothing wrong with it either. Did you read the reasoning behind the decision?

Julie Bataille from the university's press office e-mailed me that the White House had asked that all university signage and symbols behind the stage in Gaston Hall be covered.

"The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they've done for other policy speeches," she wrote. "Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn't high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context."
I respect his decision to do this, and if the folks at Georgetown didn't want this, they could have asked him to take his speech elsewhere.
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