When I heard about the speech Obama gave in Belfast, Ireland, this week, I wondered:
Did the Nobel Peace Prize go to his head?
How else to explain the sheer “chutzpah” of lecturing another country on their internal affairs?
Well, one of my favorite newspapers had an editorial “head explosion” over the speech:
via Investor’s Business Daily: In Northern Ireland, Obama Pushes A Stale Leftist Canard About Religion
…. Sticking his nose in Northern Ireland’s internal affairs at the Group of Eight summit in Belfast, the president pretty much told the Irish to dismantle their Catholic and Protestant schools, on the grounds they’re hotbeds of hatred.
“If towns remain divided — if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another, and fear or resentment are allowed to harden — that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” Obama told an Irish audience of 2,000, many of whom were children in religious school uniforms.
It was an odd statement coming from an American president whose nation’s founding was premised on the idea that diverse religions could flourish together as long as there is freedom. America has been a beacon of this idea’s success for more than 200 years.
It also reeked of a broader dishonesty pushed by the global left that somehow religion — along with national identity, sovereignty, patriotism and religious schools — bear the blame for everything from the troubles in Northern Ireland to the great wars of the 20th century.
In reality, the opposite is the case. State power and, in Ireland’s case, the British Empire’s refusal to allow the Irish to practice their religion in peace, were at the root of Northern Ireland’s troubles, which were exacerbated by the U.K.’s socialist failures in the ’60s and ’70s and Marxist terrorism….
Catholic and Protestant schools in reality have a better record on teaching respect and tolerance than do state schools, particularly in America….
President Obama likely knows this — because he sends his daughters to a Protestant school.
Yes, the Obamas send their girls to Sidwell Friends, a private Quaker school, one of the top schools in the country.
Middle school tuition per year: $35, 288.
But hey, it includes hot lunch!
Washington Times: Obama remarks about Catholic schools spark new fight with church