Alan Keyes Arrested While Protesting University of Notre Dame’s Obama Invitation

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | May 8, 2009 | 3:29 PM EDT

The administration building at Notre Dame University

( – Conservative political activist and former presidential candidate Dr. Alan Keyes was arrested on Friday along with 21 other pro-lifers while protesting the University of Notre Dame’s decision to give President Obama an honorary law degree despite his support for abortion.
Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, a pro-life group, said Keyes and the other protesters “walked on campus praying quietly with baby carriages that had dolls covered with stage blood as a show of protest.”
The day before, Keyes was approached during a press conference on public property by two plain clothes Notre Dame policemen and told that if he walked on campus for any reason, he would be arrested.
According to Terry, Keyes replied: “I have not even stepped foot on the campus, and they give me this warning? They told me: 'We are just doing our job.' I told them I am just coming to witness for the truth."
“We have people sitting in jail who defended human life on Notre Dame’s campus and Notre Dame is going to honor someone that takes human life,” Terry told, referring to Obama’s decision to approve funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which supports China’s one-child policy that includes coercive abortion.
The Bush administration had stopped the $40 million in annual funding for UNFPA six years ago.
By giving the order to fund UNFPA, Obama “unleashed American dollars to kill babies in Africa and in China, and when he said start again with embryonic stem cell research, his order is directly responsible for the deaths of innocent human beings,” Terry told
Terry compared Obama to King Herod from the Bible, who ordered boys under the age of two in Bethlehem and its vicinity to be killed.
“So, it’s not that he just supports it. He is doing it, like Herod. When Herod ordered the babies in Bethlehem to be killed, Herod didn’t do the killing himself, but he ordered others to do it, and that’s what Obama is doing,” Terry added.
“So would Notre Dame invite Herod? Herod builds great roads, and he builds a great temple. You know, we don’t agree with that whole baby-killing thing in Bethlehem, but there’s other issues we want to discuss,” he said.
Keyes was arrested by campus security at 12:15 pm for trespassing, which is a misdemeanor offense, according to Bill Redman of the St. Joseph’s County Police Department. Keyes has a bond of $250, but he had not bonded out as of 3 pm, Redman said. None of the other 21 protesters with Keyes was bonded out either.