University answers questions about IHS monogram coverup
But where’s Jesus?
Following Obama’s speech in Gaston Hall on Tuesday, David Gregory (COL `10), the Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Academy, pointed out that the University has apparently covered up the “IHS” symbol and cross that usually appear over a speaker.
If Gregory received a response from the University, he hasn’t posted it on the TGA’s blog, but they have responded to CNS News:
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.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the “IHS” monogram that had previously adorned the stage at Georgetown’s Gaston Hall was still covered up–when the pediment where it had appeared was photographed by CNSNews.com.
“In coordinating the logistical arrangements for yesterday’s event, Georgetown honored the White House staff’s request to cover all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols behind Gaston Hall stage,” Julie Green Bataille, associate vice president for communications at Georgetown, told CNSNews.com.
That may not be good enough for Patrick Deneen, an associate professor of Government at Georgetown, who made snide remarks on his blog “What I Saw in America” which compared the cover-up to the recent acts of vandalism on campus:
I hope and expect authorities will be looking into this heinous act, and that the President himself will decry the covering of this sacred symbol at the Catholic institution where he requested to deliver a speech in which he cited the Sermon on the Mount. Surely he must be as outraged as campus officials over this terrible deed.
Photo taken from Georgetown University’s Flickr account with permission.