Obama & WH Ask Georgetown University to Cover Christ Symbols Before Speech


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.

Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request

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.

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  • Comments

    27 Responses to “Obama & WH Ask Georgetown University to Cover Christ Symbols Before Speech”

    1. SUPER DAVE on April 17th, 2009 8:36 am

      muslims don’t believe in christianity. God might have put his own message on the barry o teleprompter. barry o is running scared.

    2. rightknight on April 17th, 2009 10:08 am

      Implicit in Christian Philosophy is the concept
      of Individual Freedom. Imposition of Fascism
      is hampered by the belief that people are created
      equal and free. Christianity and Fascism do not
      do well together….one of them must be discarded.

      Enter the clowns of Social Engineering!

    3. Michelle Smith on April 17th, 2009 10:38 am

      Why would he be offended by a symbol of Christ? Is it because Jesus is not black? Is it because Jesus represents Christianity and BHO does not?

      Georgetown University needs to tell him “No”, we are leaving it as is.”

    4. R.L Haley on April 17th, 2009 10:52 am

      Yeah WTF… Damm I love you monkeys,you firestarters you.

    5. Brenda in Virginia on April 17th, 2009 11:22 am

      O-nothing is simply showing his true nature which is one who stands for nothing. He’s the most consistant example of empty suit I believe I’ve ever seen in politics.

      That’s ok…the Bible tells us if we are ashamed of Christ on earth, He will be ashamed of us when we stand before the Father….enough said there????

    6. Carpe on April 17th, 2009 12:35 pm

      F. Obama bin Laden.

    7. SUPER DAVE on April 17th, 2009 12:49 pm

      obama bin biden. the lowest of the low that 53% of Americans worship as their God.

    8. BUN on April 17th, 2009 1:04 pm

      Personally think it would be easier all around for him to stay home.

    9. CBB on April 17th, 2009 2:15 pm

      Are You Kidding Me??? There’s some sort of Conflict between Patrioticism and Christ?

      This country was founded on the belief that ALL people were endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with inaliable rights, among them FREEDOM, and LIBERTY!
      The people LOAN those rights to out governing bodies to represent us when they make decisions on our behalf. I know, I know, it’s just all a philosophical concept now, but you’d think the Obama Camp would now these basic things about America, and at least learn to fake it better. God Forgive Us and Keep Us from shaking our fist at You. Obama does not represent the thinking of us all and there are those who are still paying attention!

      BTW: HI CARPE!!! Would love to see you inside!

    10. justice4nat on April 17th, 2009 3:20 pm

      Georgetown administration….where is your backbone?? You couldn’t put Barry O in some other room???? Or better yet, tell him Gaston Hall stays as is and NOT cover up any vestiges of Christ?!?! The university in fact and in deed denied Christ, and could not or would not stand up to Odumba. Like the Bible tells us if we are ashamed of Christ, He will be ashamed of us when we stand before the Father. BUN hit it dead on when he said Barry O could have just stayed at home!!

    11. Pat in Alabama on April 17th, 2009 3:54 pm

      And this man claims to be a Christian? what a joke!

    12. yoyo muffintop on April 17th, 2009 5:11 pm

      Haha – the right wing douchebags are drumming up another phony controversy I see and the lemmings/Fundies are lapping it up.
      Example – Fundie #3 implying the White House (in particular President Obama) specifically asked for this specific arrangement in order to cover up evdience of Christianity. Of course that’s not true.
      What a little tempest in a teapot. This infantile yammering about covering up religious symbols, when a perfectly reasonable explanation has been given and accepted by the grown-ups among us, is quite comical.

    13. yoyo muffintop on April 17th, 2009 5:54 pm

      #9 – You have to study up. The mentioning of God in the Declaration of Independence does not describe the personal “God of Christianity”. Thomas Jefferson (who held deist beliefs), wrote the majority of the Declaration. The Declaration describes “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” This nature’s view of God agrees with deist philosophy and might even appeal to those of pantheistical beliefs. Any attempt to use the Declaration as a support for Christianity will fail for this reason alone. Furthermore its author aimed at a future government designed and upheld by people and not based on a superstitious god or religious monarchy. It observed that all men “are created equal” meaning that we all get born with the abilities of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” Note that the Declaration says nothing about our rights secured by Christianity.
      I’ll repeat it for you: “Governments are instituted among men.”

      Now go learn about the basics of America…your attempt today at the “basics” was lame at best.

    14. Sherry Darrow on April 17th, 2009 5:56 pm

      In our wildest nightmares, who would’ve believed that this would or could ever happen in the United States of America, a country so blessed by God. All we have to do is go to the Old Testament and see what happened to the societies that turned their backs on Him…Brenda in Virginia and justice4nat hit the nail on the head.
      We who profess to be believers better stay on our knees for at least the next 4 years!!

    15. jordan on April 17th, 2009 10:18 pm

      Obama: There can only be one, ‘One’.

      Some people have argued that Obama does not want to use religion to further a political ideology. However, Obama did evoke the Sermon on the Mount, at this Georgetown appearance, to further his economic agenda. Although Obama failed to mention Jesus Christ by name for the Sermon on the Mount.

      “There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells a story of two men…‘the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock,’” Obama said.

      “We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand,” he added. “We must build our house upon a rock.”

      The last statement is particularly ironic since building your house upon a ‘ROCK‘ means to build your house with Christ as the foundation. Obama decided to blot out the real foundation from the timeless parable.

      See the hi-res pictures:

    16. Ray on April 18th, 2009 12:09 am

      The truth has a habit of slowly coming out.

    17. rightknight on April 18th, 2009 1:46 am

      The video of this meeting is distributed world wide.
      Obowma’s ‘friends’ in the Middle East would associate
      the symbol with Obowma. Can’t have that! Let’s hear
      the explanation sometime. Right now it seems it’s all
      about Obowma himself vs about America and it’s
      foundations and way of being.

      Words mean something, and leaving out words means
      something as well.

    18. Waterboy on April 18th, 2009 9:13 am

      Is this for real? I just can’t believe this. He would be off my list of persons to invite.


    19. St Stephen on April 18th, 2009 1:32 pm

      Georgetown had the moral obligation to display any symbol of their faith in the manner they are accustomed to. To do otherwise showed a weakness or at least a compromise between the God of their faith and man.

      You cannot have two masters, Georgetown, shame upon you if you sacrificed your own belief.

    20. Waterboy on April 18th, 2009 3:31 pm


      Very well put.


    21. HOPE on April 18th, 2009 4:30 pm


      It’s wise to keep an eye on your enemies.

      Look at them….

      They’re star struck.


      Money, Money, Money, Money, Money?



      I hope Our President knows Chavez sells
      his own people…into Slavery.

      I believe he is inspired by Lincoln…

      SMART man.


    22. HOPE on April 18th, 2009 5:10 pm

      They’re going to turn against religion…

      Yo Yo is right!


    23. HOPE on April 19th, 2009 12:24 am

      The ‘deepest seeded’ truth about people who have served as slaves is that they’ve lost their true faith in God. They think of Him as one that one ‘socializes’ with and it is held as a beacon in their neighborhoods. But, they also believe that it is religion that enslaves men… as do I. False religion, worshiping outwardly as opposed to inwardly, has enslaved men since Adam sinned. That was the FIRST change invented in his mind…

      The question is: Why?

      Because, they relied on Jehovah’s first promise regarding His Organization being struck in the heel. They knew it would take a sacrifice and, just as our God did, so did we. Not as a torturous act to be bestowed upon man, but from repentance and a strong desire to get back in good standing with Him. Surely, living in the garden beat living among thorns.

      He chose dependence from God, just as our governments will do to gain control of the single most deadly thing in the world… hatred.

    24. HOPE on April 19th, 2009 12:47 am

      But… the thing that he doesn’t realize is that they are not any where near as concerned about their citizens as he is. Nor do they have the same agenda. He is a scholarly man fulfilling a dream, while they are the same dirty varmints they’ve always been. Corrupt, violent and worshipers of money rather than God. The message of Jesus has not touched their hearts so they are continuing their sacrifices, not caring for the environment, the furtherance of man nor the right of every living thing to pursue happiness. Thus the difference is as clear as Cain and Abel.

      You must love your God with your WHOLE mind, heart and soul. That is your only commandment from the Christ but there are principals as well. Don’t worry about how your fellow man judges you, but rather, the one that created you.

      The Nations?

      They have blessed themselves!

    25. SUPER DAVE on April 20th, 2009 11:02 am

      #21: old abe himself had slaves.

    26. Dolf on April 24th, 2009 7:09 am

      Sherry Darrow on April 17th, 2009 5:56 pm
      In our wildest nightmares, who would’ve believed that this would or could ever happen in the United States of America, a country so blessed by God. All we have to do is go to the Old Testament and see what happened to the societies that turned their backs on Him…Brenda in Virginia and justice4nat hit the nail on the head.
      We who profess to be believers better stay on our knees for at least the next 4 years!!

      wait, thought Israel was the most beloved nation od God (JWH, Allah the same)

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