Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House RequestWednesday, April 15, 2009The pediment as it normally appears is in the photo at right with a highlight in red. The pediment as it appeared during Obama's speech is below.
By Edwin Mora
(CNSNews.com) - 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.
Georgetown, which is run by the Jesuit order, is one of the most prestigious Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States.
Roman Catholics traditionally use “IHS” as an abbreviation for Jesus’ name.
It seems an odd request from the White House especially when you consider the protests against pro-abortion Obama's planned speech at Notre Dame University. Will he ask the Fighting Irish to cover their religious symbols during his visit? What's next? Will the Secret Service confiscate the Nun's Rosary Beads?
Obama Visits Mosque and Complies with Islamic Edict
And yet when President Obama visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul earlier this month he "padded, shoeless like his entire entourage in accordance with religious custom, across the carpeted mosque interior."
Photos from that visit and this video do not show any religious symbols in the mosque covered.
Neither do we recall any requests to Israeli authorities to cover Jewish symbols when Obama visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem last year. On the contrary, Obama donned a yarmulke, the traditional Jewish headdress.