Pro-Life Group Says Catholic School Should Disinvite Obama

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - The American Life League says it is outraged to learn that U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama will be a guest speaker at Benedictine University in Illinois in October.

"Mr. Obama has been crystal clear about his radical support of abortion," said Joseph M. Starrs, director of the Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church.

"His beliefs on abortion are in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church and should not be accorded the privilege of speaking at a Catholic university."

Obama, currently an Illinois state senator, was billed as a "rising star" by many Democrats after his speech to the Democratic National Convention. He is scheduled to speak at a public affairs symposium sponsored by Benedictine University's political science department on Oct. 5.

"While it certainly makes sense for political science students to study the various aspects of a campaign for federal office, it makes no sense whatsoever for an institution that claims to be Catholic to grant a platform to anyone who promotes the legal destruction of innocent human beings in their mothers' wombs," ALL's Starrs said.

"The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is gravely evil in all circumstances; the appearance of a pro-abortion speaker on a Catholic campus flies in the face of this simple, basic Catholic teaching."

Starrs said American Life League is "urging the administration of Benedictine University and the bishop of the Diocese of Joliet to put an end to this scandal by forbidding Mr. Obama from speaking on the Catholic campus."

Obama's website says he protects a "woman's right to choose," and he also supports embryonic stem cell research.

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