(CNN) – An overwhelming majority of Catholic voters say the University of Notre Dame should not revoke its invitation for President Obama to speak at the school's commencement ceremonies this weekend.
In a new survey released by Quinnipiac University, 60 percent of Catholic voters are against rescinding the invitation while 34 percent are for it. Among voters as a whole, 56 percent don't think the Catholic school should take back the invite while 31 percent do.
Some Notre Dame Students and alumni have expressed outrage the Catholic school invited Obama to be the commence speaker because of the president's views on abortion and stem cell research.
About 65,000 people have also signed an online petition protesting the address, saying his views "directly contradict" Catholic teachings.
The poll also surveyed Catholic voters' views on abortion compared to the population as a whole. Among the findings, according to Quinipiac:
-15 percent of all voters, including 13 percent of Catholics and 10 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be legal in all cases
-37 percent of all voters, including 37 percent of Catholics and 19 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be legal in most cases
-27 percent of all voters, including 28 percent of Catholics and 40 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be illegal in most cases
-14 percent of all voters, including 16 percent of Catholics and 26 percent of observant Catholics, say abortion should be illegal in all cases
According to an analysis from by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama in 2008, roughly the same percentage as those who voted for President Bush in 2004.
The poll surveyed 2,041 registered voters between April 21-27 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
It is called seperation of church and state.......................he is the leader of our country and is an outstanding speaker...... His invite should stand and those that don't want to attend shouldn't
Women should and do have the right to choose. To choose to or not to have unprotected sex. She then lives with the result. But when she caves in to primal instinct and conceives another person's life that life shouldn't be sacrificed to pay for the mother choosing wrongly. Just as if I were to get pulled over for speeding you shouldn't need to pay my ticket the baby shouldn't be made to die for mom's bad decision. And please all the pro-murder people don't say "Rape" or "Incest". as those are such a small % of unwanted pregnancies compared with recreational sex. If you don't cause the issue there won't be an issue.
We know full well that if GWB was speaking, there would be war protests and picket signs, and that would be acceptable. They would be using their freedom of speech, since this is the land of the free because of the brave.
But freedom of speech is not acceptable when it is against Barack Obama. I do not agree with abortion, life begins at conception. Read Psalm 139 if you have any doubts. We have the right to be against abortion just like you left wingers have a right to praise it and love it.
Coming from a non-practicing catholic, don't believe everything your priest tells you. Afterall he is a human being just like everyone else and he too sins from time to time. I don't support abortions, but sometimes we have to accept it in times of grave health issues for both the mother and/or the unborn child. I stand by President Obama when it comes to the abortion issue. Listen to his past speaches on this issue and I'm sure you'll all agree.
God Bless my American neighbours!
it is as simple as this, if seeing and listening to the POTUS @ commencement offend you, then don't come, don't show-up and rain on everybody elses parade. Stay home and on the side lines in silence the way you did when little boys were getting molested. I don't understand the catholics, where was the outrage when these priest were destroying children lives, why didn't they stand up then to protest and protect the ones who could not protect themselves since they are so into protection of life? Being pro-life goes a lot deeper than being against abortion.
More mindless outrage from the religulous right, "you people" get angry over just about everything, don't you? Try this, pray and meditate.
Absolutely back President Obama speaking at the fine institution of Notre Dame.. As a senior citizen who opposes abortion but believes in choice (yes, they can co-exist!) I think that it would be a very honorable day for the graduating class to have our president there!! Good luck, grads!
I don't know about the rest of you, but I am sick to death of religion of any category being included in any political or government agenda. Separation of church and state has all but evaporated since the religious right wing nuts took over the GOP. And as far as abortion goes, it is legal and will stay legal. If you don't believe in abortion for religious or moral reasons...THEN DON'T GET ONE!
The president should not be speaking at the commencement..he should not have even been invited in the first place..whoever made the decision to invite him should be relieved of their job..a president speaking at the commencement at a jesuit university smacks in the face of the seperation of church and state..of course that only matters if the president is a republican..I hope that the protestors are so loud they drown out whatever the annointed one has to say..or they unplug his teleprompter
so Obama is pro choice and the church isn't and this means what? he will be a great speaker and I would be happy to have the president speak any time any were any place ..
this is america and freedom of speach and ideas is what makes us great. if the church doesn't like it get over it . this is the 21 c .. move with the times or be left in the dark
@ Oh My!, who said "The church is on a different plane than our government and president. "
Indeed. And while we're all here on the mortal, physical plane, separating church from state is what allows us to strive to live in peace. Let God sort 'em out later.
"The church is on a different plane than our government and president. Sorry but it's the truth."
Correct. You can find government in "current affairs" and your silly religion in "mythology"
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Affair". Do not trust this government, do not trust Wall Street and above all do not trust the Banking Industry they are all corrupt including the main stream media, they have been bought off by the top 1% in this country.
'About 65,000 people'
No. The petition has actually been signed by 365,000 people, which I'm sure our arrogant administration will simply consider as irrelevant noise. Sad. LIFE is at stake.
The administrators of Notre Dame and Arizona State are setting a bad
and confusing example for their students and graduates. I surmise
they allowed all of this controversy to bring attention to their schools.
Unfortunately, it was all negative.
As I understand it Obama is not a Catholic, ergo is not bound by the teachings and Bulls issued by the Pope. He is not there to give a speach about Birth control methods, all of which are against church doctrine. He will speak about hope and the future of American's college educated youth despartely trying to find a job. Most of those critical of the invitation are conservative card carrying Republicans, that is to say hypocrits, just like the rest of us in one way or another. Whatever you guys, don't mess up the graduation ceremony. It is the grads day not yours.
It appears your idea of free speech does not include dissent.
It is time for you to take your press passes and lay them on the graves of Walter Cronkite, or Eric Sevareid, or David Brinkley.
You no longer have the right to the title "Journalists"
For all you posters screaming 'separation of church and state,' you're missing the point. This is a private Catholic school, not a random public forum. Catholic school are supposed to uphold Catholic values. Catholic schoold are supposed to stand for truth. You can find secular morally relative opinions elsewhere.
Fair is Fair May 14th, 2009 11:23 am ET
Lawanda, I seriously doubt it's about color. With all due respect, if race relations don't improve dramatically in this country, we're all in trouble. Bringing out the race card on every topic surely dosen't help matters at all.
Lawanda may a point, Fair is Fair. There have been other pro-choice Presidents to speak and Notre Dame and there hasn't been this level of protest or dissent.
Perhaps the Board of Regents (or whoever runs Notre Dame) should be replaced by a committee of citizens picked by the Administration.
Would not be unprecedented under this President. Maybe someone over at 1600 should float the idea.
NOW they protest! No protests when innocent children's lives were being destroyed by predator priests, and I can't remember seeing much outrage about that case in South America where a mother, her child and doctor were excommunicated because the mother chose to have an abortion performed on her NINE-year old daughter who was raped and impregnated, and who the doctors determined would not survive the birth process.
Meanwhile the rapist is free to take communion, ensconced in the bosom of the Church. Where's the outrage?
How many of these protestors are affiliated with Notre Dame or the Catholic Church and how many are the same people who show up at any opportunity to try to force their religious dogma on others??
perhaps if Obama was moles ting young children they wouldn't have a problem with him being invited.
People should remember that pregnancy was a capital offense for certain people during the Third Reich. Can anyone name just one perpetrator that was reprimanded or discplined by his Christian church for taking part?
Did you folks ever hear of Lucifer?