The Corner

Re: A Public Argument

Of course the argument over Obama’s honorary degree from Notre Dame has a “public” dimension. That has never been in dispute. But the argument is largely about how Notre Dame’s Catholicism and professed pro-life commitments should affect its public role. Non-Catholics and non-pro-lifers who have something insightful to say about that subject should of course speak up. If they believe that it is “anti-democratic” to raise the subject, however, they are unlikely to be able to contribute much to the discussion.

P.S. “Isolated and beleaguered”? Compared to, say, the folks who post at Danielle’s website?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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