Notre Dame, a Catholic university located in Indiana, sent a message of non-acceptance to a student group that stands for and supports traditional marriage. The TFP Student Action describes themselves as a project of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, says they had university permission to set up their traditional marriage table. However, when the group manned the table and handed out literature, the police arrived and ordered them to ‘cease and desist.’ The group says they were told at that time that while they did have permission to have a table, they did not have permission to actually man the table.
Campus Reform reports that TFP Student Action participants were surprised that they were ordered to shut down. John Richie, TFP Student Action Director, said, “I’m still trying to fully understand why the event was shut down. I was hoping to find a more supportive environment for the Catholic position on marriage.” He continued, “Marriage is the cornerstone of the family, the foundation of society, the future of America. But still, anti-family activists want to silence our voices and muzzle 2,000 years of Catholic teaching. It won’t happen.”
University officials claim that the group’s traditional marriage table was only shut down because it did not fall in line with university policies. A spokesman, Dennis Brown, said, “The Orestes Brownson Council student group received permission to distribute information on campus last week. Our policies explicitly state that only members of the University community may organize or lead such events on campus. When university officials learned that, contrary to our policies, the student group made this request on behalf of an outside organization, we asked that they leave.”
The group was handing out literature entitled 10 Reasons Why Same-Sex “Marriage” is Harmful and Must be Opposed. Reports from students indicate that gay activist students ripped up their flyers, shouted profanity, and told them their pro-religious voice did not deserve to be heard. One man encouraged people to throw the flyers away without reading them.
The University of Notre Dame has come under fire in the past for the honorary degree that it bestowed upon Barack Obama despite the fact that he fervently supports abortion and infanticide, denying babies who survive abortion medical care thereby just letting them die. This was in violation of United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops policy. This award happened after Georgetown University, another Catholic institution, covered the name of Jesus, symbolized with the letters IHS, during a 2009 Obama speech by order of the White House.