Humanist Professor Quits Over Condi

13 05 2006

Humanism is a religion. And it has been surreptitiously installed in our nations schools and colleges as an official religion.

Why else would a professor who embraces the humanist values resign because Condoleezza Rice was invited to be the commencement speaker at this year’s graduation.

An open letter to William P. Leahy, SJ, president of Boston College.

DEAR Father Leahy,

I am writing to resign my post as an adjunct professor of English at Boston College. I am doing so — after five years at BC, and with tremendous regret — as a direct result of your decision to invite Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be the commencement speaker at this year’s graduation.

Many members of the faculty and student body already have voiced their objection to the invitation, arguing that Rice’s actions as secretary of state are inconsistent with the broader humanistic values of the university and the Catholic and Jesuit traditions from which those values derive.

But I am not writing this letter simply because of an objection to the war against Iraq. My concern is more fundamental. Simply put, Rice is a liar…

…I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both.

I would like to apologize to my students and prospective students. I would also urge them to investigate the words and actions of Rice, and to exercise their own First Amendment rights at her speech.

His name is Steve Almond. Listen to this comment on the front page of his website:

The issue here is public officials who mislead the public–not my decision to stop teaching at BC. Rather than writing me, I’d advise you to write to politicians and media outlets, demanding to know why the members of the current administration–including Secretary Rice–keep lying to American citizens about their policy decisions.

Sounds more like liberal Kool-Aid than a real Catholic offended by a humanist ideal.

Looks like this all started around May 4 when two theology professors objected in a letter to Leahy about the speaking date and a honorary doctorate:

The conflict began this week when two leading theology professors circulated a letter opposing the college’s invitation, asserting that Rice’s views on international affairs and her actions in the Iraq war were in conflict with Roman Catholic values. More than 150 members of the 1,000-person faculty had signed the petition.

The professors:

Kenneth Himes, chairman of the department of theology, and the Rev. David Hollenbach, who holds the Margaret O’Brien Flatley chair in the department, titled their letter ”Condoleezza Rice Does Not Deserve a Boston College Honorary Degree,” and sent it to the entire faculty inviting members to sign on. The writers said they were distressed with the university’s decision to invite Rice to commencement May 22.

Distressed? Conflict with Roman Catholic values? This is humanism.

Check out the letter that was signed:

… On the levels of both moral principle and practical moral judgment, Secretary Rice’s approach to international affairs is in fundamental conflict with Boston College’s commitment to the values of the Catholic and Jesuit traditions and is inconsistent with the humanistic values that inspire the university’s work.

As a matter of moral principle, Rice maintains that U.S. foreign policy should be based on U.S. national interest and not on what she calls the interests of an “illusory international community.” This stands in disturbing contrast with the Catholic and humanistic conviction that all people are linked together in a single human family and that all nations in our interdependent world have a duty to protect “the common good of the entire human family.”

For these reasons, we object to Boston College honoring Condoleezza Rice at its 2006 commencement. Doing so contradicts the university’s Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic identity.

People are indeed linked. But even families fight. And when one nation threatens another, we must defend ourselves. Thank God the patriots who fought the British did not have this luvie-duvie perspective for the Red Coats!

This attempt to attach God to humanism is futile. It is being exposed and more Christians are waking up and focusing more on a Christian worldview.

Expose The Left has the video of Almond hanging up on the John Gibson Show.
Michelle Malkin would like to see Condi speak more often.

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