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Santorum's Classmates Plan Niles Protest

They say most Catholics don't agree with his positions, and he goes against Catholic bishops' teaching on some issues. Carmel High School alumni will protest outside Northridge Prep.

A group of presidential candidate Rick Santorum's former classmates have released this statement:

Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, a 1976 alumni of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, IL, will face a group of demonstrators from his alma mater as he holds a rally at Northridge High School in Niles, IL (Friday at 7 p.m.).

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The protesters will demonstrate in support of Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Trans equality and against Santorum's conservative positions on a number of social issues. Close to 400 members have joined the Facebook page "Carmel Catholic Alumni Against Rick Santorum."

Martha Ann Cahill Weaver, Carmel Catholic class of 1967, who is active with her local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) said; "I'm embarrassed that Santorum attended Carmel. . . I am deeply saddened that he could so easily write off an entire group of human beings."

Demonstrators feel it is important to counter Santorum's anti-gay hate, to set an example to students. Santorum's statements against the LGBT community have contributed to a culture of fear in schools around the country. The protesters want bullied students to know that "It Gets Better."

Polls show that the majority of American Catholics support gay rights, contraception and women's right to choose. Santorum has taken positions opposed to Catholic Bishops statements on war, unions and immigrants.

Jim Wilkins, a 1976 Carmel Catholic alumni said, "two key things I was taught at Carmel and Santa Maria were that you treat everyone fairly and equally and how you treat the most disadvantaged among us defines you as a person. Santorum fails on both points."

Lindsay March 16, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Janet, Which issues do the Catholic Bishops not support Santorum on and why?
Lindsay March 16, 2012 at 03:07 AM
7kidchaos, You are right. Santorum is "fresh" because he speaks for moral values. I often wonder why some are so offended with candidates who openly discuss the importance of moral values? It's quite puzzling really. Why in the world would we not want a candidate who speaks from the heart? This does not mean vigorous debate should be waved.Not everyone can agree on everything all of the time and we must all be willing to work together and compromise. But doesn't a candidate of good merit and strong faith deserve to be at least taken seriously rather than immediately dismissed? Wouldn't it be easier to trust someone who shows strong character than someone we question their personal merit? Yes, it would be refreshing, wouldn't it?!!!
Lindsay March 16, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Nick, Persecution: a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a people because of their religion, race, or beliefs. Do you believe in rule of law? If we live in a society without rule of law, there is no protection against persecution on one another's liberties. The debate is on developing fair laws which support the first amendment. Please define what you mean by Santorum's "attitude" and why most people of faith don't follow him? If we are talking about the institution of marriage, isn't Santorum correctly defending the religious liberties of those who value the sacrament of marriage? If your agrument is to not persecute gay "marriage", then shouldn't you be advocating a non-religious solution such as civil union as to not "persecute people of religious institutions"? I would be careful about saying that "most people of faith don't believe in Santorum".
Lindsay March 16, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Mac, I agree with you. Although, I think the problem lies with insurance benefits and other legal matters that spouses are privileged to under a marriage license, which is where the government comes into play. I think the debate is whether to allow gay couples to legally obtain privileges like those in a traditional marriages. This is where the debate gets fiery. I would hope that those who advocate for gay rights acknowledge the difference between the religious sacrament of marriage and the legal rights for benefits. Civil union by the State, NOT the church, would provide legal rights to benefits and at the same time respect the religious doctrine by not defining it as a "marriage" which is clearly defined in the Bible as a union between a man and a woman. Does it simply come down to a license distinction? State Civil Union License vs a Marriage License?
kdfam March 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Rick Santorum would be a great president during a time when so many are struggling. He shows strong morals and values in his dedication to his family -- loving father of 7 and devoted to his disabled daughter, what an inspiration! Such a model family would be the pride of our nation in the White House! He shows diligence and an exceptional work ethic the way he is campaigning with so little funding compared to the other candidates! With every newscast we find him more inspiring and we think he will make a great leader for our nation during this difficult time.

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