Prior to a speech at Georgetown University, President Obama and the White House asked the university to take down of all things, Jesus. The White House asked Georgetown to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name in Gaston Hall. A rather fitting metaphor for Barack Obama.
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.”
The first question one would ask is, did he do this in the past while visiting other religious institutions? Of course the answer is no and Flopping Aces has the scoop. It would appear when Obama visited the Blue Mosque in Turkey, he did so without a similar request.
What’s next Barack, going to make ND cover up TD Jesus?
The WH claims that there was No Religious Cover-up at Georgetown. What are they going to say, yes? You went into some one’s home and asked them to alter their house, PERIOD! The WH made sure that they very backdrop that would have been seen the entire time the speech was taking place was cleansed of Jesus. That is a fact. The paintings that the WH reference below would be out of camera shot.
The White House denied that there was any effort to specifically cover up religious imagery or symbols and noted that on the wall directly behind the president there are two religious paintings and there is other imagery throughout the hall.
The White House did not respond to a request from CNSNews.com to comment on the covering up of Jesus’ name at Gaston Hall.
Georgetown, which is run by the Jesuit order, is one of the most prestigious Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States.
Roman Catholics traditionally use “IHS” as an abbreviation for Jesus’ name. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “St. Ignatius of Loyola adopted the monogram in his seal as general of the Society of Jesus (1541) and thus became the emblem of his institute.” The Society of Jesus is the formal name for the Jesuits.