Obama’s Political Foe Arrested

Published May 11, 2009

Alan Keyes, the Black conservative commentator who has made a living bashing Barack Obama was arrested Friday doing what he does best – speaking out against his longtime political foe.

Keyes, a Marylander who lost to Obama in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois, was charged with trespassing, along with 20 other demonstrators, for participating in a protest at Notre Dame University against President Obama’s invitation to speak at the Indiana-based Catholic university. Campus officials said that only student demonstrations are permitted on campus, and then only with approval from the student affairs office.

Keyes and his fellow protestors are upset that Obama, a proponent of a woman’s right to choose, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree on May 17.

"Notre Dame arrests Christians who defend babies, and honors a man who kills them," said Randall Terry, who organized the protest. "This is an open wound in the Church. The question is this: Will a Catholic Bishop step up and demand this betrayal of the Faith be brought to a halt?"

Obama will be the sixth U.S. president to deliver the commencement address at Notre Dame and the ninth to receive an honorary degree. Presidents from both political parties have been invited to Notre Dame to give “important addresses on international affairs, human rights, service, and we're delighted that President Obama is continuing that tradition," said Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins.

Written by BET.com Staff

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