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Petitioning Office of the President and 8 others

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

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.

Read more about Cardinal Francis George:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-22/business/chi-cardinal-under-fire-for-comparing-gay-rights-movement-to-klan-20111222_1_gay-rights-annual-gay-pride-parade-rights-and-civil-unions

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/12/26/395013/cardinal-faces-pushback-for-comparing-gay-rights-movement-to-the-kkk/

Letter to
Office of the President
Student Government Association
Dean of the College and Academic Vice President Dr. Jeffrey Frick
and 6 others
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
The St. Norbert College community is rooted in the Norbertine ideal of communio: teaching and demonstrating how to respect and trust others. 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.

That's why I'm respectfully asking St. Norbert College to choose a different commencement speaker.

St. Norbert College is a wonderful school that embraces communio, characterized by mutual esteem, trust, sincerity, faith and responsibility. Therefore, Cardinal Francis George, given his controversial and hurtful statements, should not be allowed to misrepresent St. Norbert College or the class of 2012.

Please select a new speaker who will shine a positive light on St. Norbert College, its students, and our local community.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,