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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Mealymouthed and Hypocritical

Students at Catholic University are protesting Newt Gingrich's upcoming speech there, based on the university's decision to prohibit speakers who do not adhere to the church's teachings. The university's defense for allowing a supporter of the death penalty who also cheated on his wife, while previously prohibiting director Stanley Tucci because of his pro-choice beliefs, seems mealy-mouthed.

These students should be applauded for taking an important step to expose the hypocrisy of those who claim to follow the principles of their religion while adhering to only a small subset of it. It seemed wrong of Catholic University to stop Tucci from visiting, but if they want to force all speakers to adhere to their belief system, then they at least need to be consistent!