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Thursday, January 22, 2009

"New Intellectual Territory"

When a supposed Catholic institution uses those words to describe an upcoming speaker event, you just know the invitee will be unorthodox and liberal.

And in this case, you also get an unrepentant terrorist.

From California Catholic Daily:

Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, a 4500-student Catholic institution run by the Christian Brothers, has invited 1960s-era radical Bill Ayers to speak this month as part of a series of lectures the school is calling “Against the Grain.”

“The January Term Speaker Series at Saint Mary’s College features Bill Ayers and four other distinguished speakers throughout the month,” says a college press release. “This year’s theme, ‘Against the Grain,’ reflects the provocative stance the speakers have taken on issues ranging from politics to sustainable living. Bill Ayers was a political lightning rod during Barack Obama’s recent race for the presidency because of the president-elect’s association with the former 1960s radical. Ayers headlines the speaker series...

Saint Mary’s describes itself as “a Catholic, Lasallian, liberal arts college” that is “rooted in the life and work of Saint John Baptist de la Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers and the patron saint of teachers. Our traditions and heritage inform everything we do.”

I did some research on St John Baptist de la Salle, and while he is the patron saint of teachers, I couldn't find anything where he supported blowing up buildings.