St. Norbert College: Say NO to Cardinal Francis George for comparing LGBT community to KKK
  • Petitioned Office of the President

This petition was delivered to:

Office of the President
Student Government Association
Dean of the College and Academic Vice President
Dr. Jeffrey Frick
Office of Communications
Vice President of Enrollment Management and Communications
Bridget Krage O'Connor
Vice President for Mission and Student Affairs
The Rev. Dr. Jay Fostner, O.Praem.
Vice President of College Advancement
Philip C. Oswald
Vice President of Business and Finance
Eileen M. Jahnke
President, St. Norbert College
Thomas Kunkel

St. Norbert College: Say NO to Cardinal Francis George for comparing LGBT community to KKK

    1. Petition by

      concerned student

      De Pere, WI

St. Norbert College recently announced that Cardinal Francis George would serve as the commencement speaker for the graduation of the class of 2012. One would expect that after four years of being taught Norbertine values and communio, graduation would reflect such values.

Cardinal Francis George has openly compared the gay rights movement to the “Ku Klux Klan.” As a school that has taught its students how to respect and appreciate others for our differences, many students are outraged that he will be speaking at graduation.

Therefore, we respectfully ask St. Norbert College to choose a different commencement speaker. A speaker who will shine a positive light on St. Norbert College, its students, and our local community.

The St. Norbert College community is rooted in the Norbertine ideal of communio: teaching and demonstrating how to respect and trust others.

“Communio: Norbertine ideal characterized by mutual esteem, trust, sincerity, faith and responsibility. Communio is lived through open dialogue, communication, consultation and collaboration. Communio encourages us to respond individually and collectively to the needs of our local and global communities.”

We respect that St. Norbert College is a Catholic school and we understand and respect Catholicism's view on homosexuality; however, we find comparing the gay rights movement to such a hateful group as the KKK is atrocious. If you do not want Cardinal Francis George misrepresenting our school, if you do not want Norbertine values to be forgotten, if you do not want this offensive and disrespectful man to speak at St. Norbert graduation, please sign this petition.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. St. Norbert College's commencement is a day for students, not controversy

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      In this guest post, Nelson Ham, a geology professor at St. Norbert College, states: "Commencement is for graduating students, their families and their friends. It is a day to express pride. Yet institutions routinely focus on someone of recognition who can impart a wisdom-filled, final lesson to graduates, and usually all is well. But this year is different. SNC is keeping the cardinal as speaker with a revised rationale that engaging with people of controversial perspectives is part of higher education. The principle is absolutely true, but using the rationale now strains our institution's credibility."

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. St. Norbert Community Reacting To Controversial Speaker

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      NBC26: Michele Becker is proud of her sons and of St. Norbert College, where she earned her master's degree. But recent anti-gay comments by the school's scheduled commencement speaker hit close to home. “I was so disappointed and just heartsick and I felt so sad,” Becker said. One of Becker’s sons is gay and she works closely with the local gay straight alliance. Becker says the Cardinal’s comments put the college in a tough spot. “How does a Catholic College un-invite a Cardinal? But I think they need to give serious consideration,” she said.

    5. Another news story :)

      concerned student
      Petition Organizer

      "GLAAD reached out pro-LGBT Catholic families connected to St. Norbert. These family members stressed what a welcoming and inclusive place St. Norbert is, and that they didn’t want that inclusive community to be broken."

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Online petition looks to derail guest speaker at St. Norbert College

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      "An online petition against a guest speaker coming to St. Norbert’s College spring graduation ceremony is quickly gaining a traction. Hundreds of students and citizens have signed a petition at over guest speaker Cardinal Francis George who was announced in mid-December."

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. SNC still planning on having cardinal francis george speak at graduation...

      concerned student
      Petition Organizer

      SNC released a statement to NBC26 stating they still plan on having the cardinal speak. It is extremely important at this time that we get more people to sign this petition. Share this with as many people as you can. We respect SNC and their decision, but we again ask them to reconsider. We value having someone speak at graduation who holds a position in the Catholic community; however, we would rather have someone who better represents communio and norbertine value. Check out the following link to see the NBC26 story.

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. 168 and counting

      concerned student
      Petition Organizer

      This petition hasn't even been up for an entire day, and we already have 168 signatures. Considering the size of the SNC community, this is getting a lot of support.

    12. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joan George ANDERSON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      St. Norbert College: Say NO to Cardinal Francis George for comparing LGBT community to KKK. We respectfully ask St. Norbert College to choose a different commencement speaker. A speaker who will shine a positive light on St. Norbert College, its students, and our local community.

    • Avis Marie Sandar SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago


      • over 2 years ago


    • David Greene COLLEGE STATION, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Homosexuality (among other sexual preferences) has been accepted by the majority of contemporary Christians as being natural and in no way detrimental to society. In fact, a number of Christians nowadays do not even consider it a Sin because the Holy Bible has been poorly transliterated too many times to be accurate in its modern edition(s). There is no known "gay cure" because it doesn't exist. Homosexuality—like most sexual orientations, preferences, and identities—is thought to be a natural psychological and potentially genetic aspect of the human psyche. St. Norbert College, stop the hatred and educate yourself on the teachings, doctrines, and claims your own religion has. Stop allowing for people to misrepresent Christianity and tell them to grow up—it's the 21st Century, after all. They should act like it.

    • Julius Chatton HOUSTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I am an openly gay Catholic (dichotamy, I know) who strongly feels that God doesn't make mistakes. Comparing LGBTQ's & our "movement," (which is simply an ongoing push to live equally in a so called "free country,") to a militia group such as the KKK, is a comparisson which I find just as degrading & insulting to God as it is to me. How on earth can we honestly claim to walk in the footsteps of a savior who loved, embraced, and counciled everyone regardless of their lifestyles, when we as a religious group are so busy chastising everyone's lifestyle who doesn't correlate with our own?


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