Notre Dame Tells Obama: HHS Mandate Is a ‘Grave Violation of Religious Freedom and Cannot Stand’

Members of the Notre Dame faculty sent President Obama a letter declaring the HHS mandate is “a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand.”

Too bad they didn’t see this coming when they decided to invite and honor the most radical pro-abortion and pro-infanticide president in US history to speak at Commencement ceremonies in 2009.


CNS News reported:

Twenty-five Notre Dame faculty members–led by the university’s top ethics expert, and including some of the school’s most eminent scholars–have signed a statement declaring that President Barack Obama’s latest version of his administration’s mandate that all health insurance plans in the United States must cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, is “a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand.”

The statement—put out on the letterhead of the University of Notre Dame Law School–is also signed by leading scholars from other major American colleges and universities, including Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, Brigham Young, Yeshiva and Wheaton College.

Prof. Carter Snead, a professor of law at Notre Dame, was one of the lead organizers of the statement, which was published on his official law school letterhead. Notre Dame’s top ethics expert, Snead serves as director of the university’s Center for Ethics and Culture, a position to which he was appointed by Father John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame.

In 2009, Father Jenkins awarded President Barack Obama an honorary Notre Dame law degree.

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  • Jim W

    These are “scholars” who did not recognize a con man. Not a sterling add for their respective universities.

  • Matches Malone


  • jony101

    obama will file the letter in the trashcan…….

  • Me

    Disregard obamacare. It has no legal validity and is to be ignored. It is not civil disobedience because its not a law. It’s an extortion attempt.

  • CV1

    “Sucker” is absolutely correct!

    Any Notre Dame official who arranged for Obama to speak there is as dimwitted as any voter who voted for the man.

  • Multitude

    Isn’t Obama working on shutting them down, along with the other for-profit colleges and universities he says are scamming students and student loan providers (aka the government, which seems to be easily scammed on a regular basis while earning 200% the pay, as Fannie and Freddie can attest).

    If you look at the top 15 universities by their endowment mountains of cash, Notre Dame is ranked #14, sitting on over $6 billion in money. Why can’t that be used to pay down the debt? Why are they charging so much for tuition? They could make tuition free for thousands of students for a long time with that kind of money.

    Grubby, greedy, 1% profiteers.

  • The Elector of Saxony

    “Father” Jenkins excommunicated himself the moment he endorsed the infanticide president with an honorary degree. These are the men who emboldened Obama. These are the men who would rather deny Christ than deny the black fraud.

  • Sasja

    I guess the Catholics, and Notre Dame, didn’t know about his stance on abortion and, specifically, infantacide. If they did, it did not matter since they saw fit to invite this devil into their midst. If this were not a Constitutional issue, I would be of a mind to tell them to suck it up. Now I find myself having to stand up for what I consider a morally bankrupt religion.

  • CV1

    Saja — Why is the “religion” morally bankrupt? Do you think Notre Dame represents all of Catholicism?

  • Sasja

    I don’t agree using Notre Dame’s funds for paying down the debt. The Church in general, is very wealthy. The Vatican is loaded.

    What I have a problem with, is the money not being used to help their poorest parishes throughout the world, as well as those who are trying desparately to help the truly poor in other countries. I often wondered how much financial support was given Mother Teresa in her quest to ease suffering.

  • just-saying

    They covered up the cross and other historical symbols of Christianity to get Obummer. NOW, they complain. Bunch of losers!

  • Sasja

    desperately. There, fixed it.


    New Notre Dame Fight Song –

  • nana

    As a devoted Catholic, 39% approval rating among the Catholics is still high. I am expecting 25% and lower, I guess there are alot of Catholics who are not getting the message????Obama is anti-Catholics!

  • Buffalobob

    There is a sucker born every minute, and on the universities they are born every nanosecond.

  • Highlander

    Elections have consequences don’t they? All the liberals in the Catholic Church who voted for Obama should have thought about this BEFORE they cast their votes for him. Did they really think he was going to be a moderate President? If so, they’re a bunch of real idiots …

  • StrangernFiction

    Useful idiots

  • Blackbird

    It probably should have been a hint of what they were inviting across their threshold when they had to cover up the Crucifixes and Crosses before he would come in for that commencement speech.
    But now that we are here we must hang together or we will hang separately, one by one. They have my total support right now.

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