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Alan Keyes among 22 arrested at Notre Dame
May 8, 2009 2:38 PM | 92 Comments
Former Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes and 21 other protesters were arrested this morning when they refused to leave the Notre Dame campus during a protest of President Obama's upcoming commencement address there, authorities said.

Keyes and the others were arrested on trespassing charges when they refused to leave campus, a university spokesman said. All 22 were being held in the St. Joseph County Jail on misdemeanor criminal trespass charges, in lieu of $250 bond each, said St. Joseph County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Redman.

Keyes was among a group of 26 protesters, some of them pushing baby carriages with dolls covered in fake blood, who entered the campus and were greeted by Notre Dame police, said university spokesman Dennis Brown.

The protesters had "publicized their intentions in advance," and were handed notices advising them that university policy bans protests unless they are organized by student groups and approved in advance, Brown said.

University policy is to arrest anyone who refuses to leave campus after being notified of the policy, and Keyes and other protesters who stayed were arrested about 12:15 p.m. Eastern Time, he said.

"We've got a long established policy that only members of the university community can organize or lead a protest, and they have to be approved by our office of student affairs," Brown said.

The first protester was booked on a trespassing charge at the St. Joseph County Jail at 1:14 p.m., Redman said. The protesters were a mix of local residents and others from out of state, he said.

Those arrested would appear in St. Joseph County Court next Monday if they fail to make bond, he said.

Notre Dame announced earlier this spring that Obama would be the commencement speaker at its May 17 graduation ceremony. Since then, Notre Dame, a Catholic university, has become the target of protests by groups who say Obama's stance on abortion should disqualify him from speaking at a Catholic institution.

Activists including Randall Terry, founder of the anti-abortion rights group Operation Rescue, who was arrested at the campus last Friday, have begun targeting the school for protests in recent weeks. A student group, Notre Dame Response, has organized its own protests regarding Obama's visit.


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters this afternoon that Obama had no plans to decline an honorary degree that will be given to him as part of his appearance at Notre Dame. Such an honor has been especially troubling to some opponents of his appearance at the school.

"We are honored to have received the invitation," Gibbs said. "Notre Dame has a good history of robust, civic debate and the president looks forward to speaking to the graduating class."

Gibbs said Obama planned to "accept the degree, and come back to the White House."

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Comment by Steph F. on May 8, 2009 at 11:50pm
I salute Alan Keyes for walking the talk. "The Messiah" is a sham and a shame. He is not worthy of a degree from a university that practices Catholicism. America weeps today. Folks, let's get moving...it is time to take back our country.....now!
Comment by Leisa Smith on May 9, 2009 at 4:06am
I went to Alan Keyes's web site and read why he did this,it is a must read.Alan Keyes was in my opinion the ONLY elgible candidate for President,he told us it would take we the people and our United States Constitution to put our country back on track,that it would take our belief in God to give us the strengh to do so,that he would be our President but leave it to we the people to decide,will we walk the talk?he has shown us NO FEAR,this man is the TRUE PATRIOT,this infurates me .
Comment by Ariel Adams on May 9, 2009 at 3:54pm
Good for Alan Keyes.
Comment by WVPatriot on May 9, 2009 at 5:48pm
Comment by Harry Riley on May 9, 2009 at 8:39pm
American leadership is made of a bunch of mushrooms.........they hide in the dark and are fed horsesh....

God bless Allen Keyes.........he is about the only influential leader in America that will risk whatever it takes to do the right thing for America....what a shameful end to a once great nation............
Comment by Rose Jones on May 9, 2009 at 10:39pm
EVEN THE POLICE DIDN'T SHOW ANY REMORSE! IS THIS OUR COUNTRY? I AM SICK TO MY STOMAGE! I WANDER IF THE PEOPLE AT NOTRE DAME WERE ARRESTED AS WELL! WHY MR. KEYES? I DO KNOW THAT IN EVERY CATHOLIC INSTITUTE WOULD PRAY ON A DAILY BASICS. MAYBE THEY CHANGED FOR OBAMA ! NOW OBAMANATION HAS BEEN AWARDED WITH A DEGREE!? IT IS VERY CONFUSING!
Comment by Maureen Gerrish on May 9, 2009 at 11:21pm
From Alan Keyes' Blog "Loyaly To Liberty":
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
"[FYI: This past weekend Fox news reported the arrest of Randall Terry as he protested against Notre Dame's invitation and honorary degree for Barack Obama. (See Notre Dame: Promoting the Glamour of Evil, and An Open Letter to Father Jenkins.) According to the report "Terry was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail on criminal trespass charges." He has since been released after posting a bond. In light of this occurrence, I feel bound in conscience to make the following statement, commitment and call to all who labor in defense of the God given and unalienable right to life.]

With the arrest of pro-life servant Randall Terry, Father Jenkins and the University administration at Notre Dame take their adulation of evil to a new level of spiritual atrocity.

In a little less than two weeks they will welcome to the university campus a man who represents the most abominable and extreme commitment ever known in US politics to destroying the God given right to life of innocent human offspring. With their actions and the "honor" they confer upon Obama, they will actively promote the lie that it is possible to dishonor God blatantly and unashamedly, yet be somehow "honorable" in the eyes of those who profess faith in Jesus Christ.
Christ said:"...
Continue reading at:
http://www.loyaltoliberty.com/
Comment by Maureen Gerrish on May 9, 2009 at 11:29pm
Also see: http://www.aipnews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=4467&posts=37
Comment by James Davis (Jim) on May 12, 2009 at 4:56pm
I made a comment earlier today and it's worth stating again. As Col Riley stated the mushroom include the Catholic church because of their failing leadership. this is a problem that belongs to the Catholic Church. The leadership should have the faculty responsible for this and the earlier cloaking of the immage of Christ on campus to expulsion from the Uiversity and the church and relinquish any and all entitlement to compensation. That would be a start to proove to the following that God is the Lord above all, regardless. Sign up for the Grand Jury of your state. If there is not one, START ONE. It's our duty to get involved.

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