View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, March 20, 2009

An insensitive Obama attempt at humor

"It's like the Special Olympics or something."

That's what President Obama said on the Jay Leno show about his bad bowling.

How special. He did apologize, but this gives us a clue about the way he thinks.

He probably supports aborting those folks anyway. Don't want to "punish" normal people, right?

Governor Sarah Palin, who has a son with Down Syndrome, had a strong reaction:

“I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics,” Governor Palin said. “This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world.

“These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.”


Blogger Interstate Catholic said...

Obama is going to be the commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame.

Heaven help us!

6:59 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Wow. Are there protests?

12:15 AM  
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3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because a man tells a joke that's not in the best of taste, does that give you the right to be so uncharitable as to say "he probably support aborting those folks, anyway"? Really? Do you know that for sure?

Your comment is in pretty poor taste, too. Since when does one justify the other?

4:19 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

anonymous - I base it on what he has said, and his extreme position on the issue.

The punishment remark is something he said (in reference to his daughters). He opposed medical treatment for aborted babies born alive. He is a proponent of FOCA.
He opposes all limits on abortion. He even opposed bans on partial-birth abortion.

In effect, he supports abortion on demand for any reason for the full nine months of pregnancy. That includes aborting children who have conditions like Down Syndrome.

5:57 PM  

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