While this story does not (ostensibly) revolve around dhimmitude, my own Georgetown University experience suggests otherwise. Georgetown is home to the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which receives millions from Saudi Arabia, and has come under fire for this very fact, and Georgetown’s Center of Contemporary Arab Studies is a den of Islamist apologetics. Also, I recall the following anecdote: While attending a class (Politics in the Arab World) taught by one professor Samer Shehata — who thinks the U.S. should befriend the Muslim Brotherhood , incidentally — we were discussing how the Muslim world needs to begin separating church (or mosque) and state, Shehata, quite sarcastically pointing to a crucifix on the wall (apparently forgetful of the fact that Georgetown is a private, Jesuit school) made a remark like, “Yeah, but what about that?” One wonders what role all of these factors may have played in covering up the name of Jesus.
“Religious Symbols Covered Up When President Obama Spoke at a Catholic University,” by Bret Baier for Fox News, April 16:
The University of Notre Dame is not the only Catholic institution raising eyebrows when it comes to President Obama. Officials at Georgetown University covered a monogram symbolizing the name of Jesus because it was inscribed on the stage where the president spoke Tuesday. The White House asked for all symbols to be covered at the lecture hall.
Georgetown University spokeswoman Julie Green Bataille tells Cybercast News “the White House wanted a simple backdrop… consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches.”
The monogram “IHS” “” which comes from the Greek for Jesus “” was covered with a triangle of black-painted plywood. Catholic League president Bill Donohue says: “The cowardice of Georgetown to stand fast on principle tells us more than we need to know… but the bigger story is the audacity of the Obama administration to ask a religious school to neuter itself before the president speaks there.”…