Thursday, April 16, 2009

Obama White House Demands Removal of Christian Symbol at Georgetown

From CNS news:
Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS” — symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ — because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the “IHS” monogram that had previously adorned the stage at Georgetown’s Gaston Hall was still covered up--when the pediment where it had appeared was photographed by CNSNews.com.

President Obama is greeted by Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia as he arrives to deliver remarks on the economy, April 14, 2009, at Georgetown University. Georgetown had covered the symbol “IHS” on the pediment above and behind the two men. “In coordinating the logistical arrangements for yesterday’s event, Georgetown honored the White House staff’s request to cover all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols behind Gaston Hall stage,” Julie Green Bataille, associate vice president for communications at Georgetown, told CNSNews.com.
The letters “IHS” are something most media don’t seem to understand.

In fact, it’s based on a vision supposedly seen by Roman emperor Constantine, with IHS standing for in hoc signo [vinces] -- “in this sign conquer.” The sign being the cross.

Many Christians think it means “in His service.” Either way, it’s most certainly a Christian symbol.

Either way, something that Barack Obama is uncomfortable with.

What is most shocking is that Georgetown would submit to a demand like this, agreeing — for publicity or favor with liberals — to conceal a symbol of its own identity.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an extremely cheap bit of cherry-picking on your part.

It is quite clear from the article you link to that the White House asked to have ALL Georgetown University signage and symbols covered, so the backdrop would be consistent with backdrops of other foreign policy speeches.

GEORGETOWN's logistical coordinator (and NOT the White House) made the decision to cover up the "IHS" and cross because SHE thought the symbols would be out of context given the requested backdrop. The article makes it quite clear that the GU administrator was NOT responding to some demand that the administration made.

Furthermore, even if the administrator had not made the decision, it would follow from your logic that Obama was also uncomfortable with the GU seal, which there is no evidence for and which is frankly ridiculous.

Below is the relevant text you omitted:
--“In coordinating the logistical arrangements for yesterday’s event, Georgetown honored the White House staff’s request to cover all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols behind Gaston Hall stage,” Julie Green Bataille, associate vice president for communications at Georgetown, told CNSNews.com.

“The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches,” she added. “Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn’t high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.”--

Really, this sort of thing is indefensible from a PhD, and it reveals the depths of your biases.

10:15 PM  
OpenID J.R. (Mind of J.R.) said...

This is pure occult symbolism. Obama's head in place of the IHS symbol.

Pyramid of evil.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IHS, of course, does not come from 'in this sign conquer.' It is the name of Jesus. It is not a Latin abbreviation, but the first three Greek letters of Jesus' name. (Similar to the symbol that combines X and P, the first letters of Christ.)

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are removing God from all around us!!!! Out of our schools, off our money, and pretty much out of anything our country has to do with. Of course they covered "IHS" up on purpose. I disagree that "This is an extremely cheap bit of cherry-picking on your part". I think your right on and the White House is ass backwards on everything they are doing!!!!! Starting with slowly but surely taking away our rights!!!!!!

N.A.R

8:46 PM  
Blogger stringsvrs said...

I think that it was a wise decision to follow the format of covering up the IHS symbology. Had this not been done in compliance with the format we would more than likely be hearing that Obama is claiming to be the returned Christ...lol.

Just another Peace Lover ;D

7:43 PM  

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