May 2, 2007

This is unbelievable. Remember this ad?

Well, now Sen. Claire McCaskill is suffering more backlash, although at least this time it's not by a drug-addled gasbag. This week, McCaskill was told she was no longer invited to speak at her daughter's commencement from a Catholic girls' high school, because of her stance on abortion and stem cells research.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, who had been invited to speak at her daughter's Catholic high school commencement, was told last week that she was no longer invited because of church policy rejecting her positions on abortion and embryonic stem cell research.[..]

McCaskill's camp, however, puts the blame for the decision on Archbishop Raymond Burke.[..]

The disinvitation of McCaskill comes less than a week after Burke resigned from the board of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center Foundation because singer Sheryl Crow - an outspoken supporter of embryonic stem cell research - was scheduled to headline the annual fundraiser and concert.

I do think that the school has the right to have whomever they wish as a speaker. But the part that irks me is that the students asked for McCaskill and the school had already invited her. I'm confident that McCaskill would not be mentioning abortion or stem cells during the course of her speech. This just seems like an unnecessary injection of politicization at the expense of the students.

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