Obama Denies Jesus in Georgetown Speech

Posted on 16 April 2009

Amidst all of the American flags and presidential seals, there was something missing when President Barack Obama gave an economic speech at Georgetown University this week — Jesus.

The White House asked Georgetown to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name in Gaston Hall, which Obama used for his speech, according to CNSNews.com.

The gold “IHS” monogram inscribed on a pediment in the hall was covered over by a piece of black-painted plywood, and remained covered over the next day, CNSNews.com reported.

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.


President Obama is greeted by Georgetown University
President John J. DeGioia as he arrives to deliver
remarks on the economy, April 14, 2009, at Georgetown
University. Georgetown had covered the symbol
“IHS” on the pediment above and behind the two men.

“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.“The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches,” she added. “Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn’t high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.”

Pediment in Gaston Hall with “IHS” covered as
photographed by CNSNews.com, April 15, 2009.

On Wednesday, CNSNews.com inspected the pediment embedded in the wall at the back of the stage in Gaston Hall, where Obama delivered his speech. The letters “IHS” were not to be found. They appeared to be shrouded with a triangle of black-painted plywood.Pictures of the wooden pediment prior to Obama’s speech show the letters “IHS” in gold. Many photos posted on the Internet of other events at Gaston Hall show the letters clearly.

The White House did not respond to a request from CNSNews.com to comment on the covering up of Jesus’ name at Gaston Hall.


President Obama speaking at Gaston Hall at
Georgetown on April 14 with the “IHS” covered up
on the pediment behind him.

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.  According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “St. Ignatius of Loyola adopted the monogram in his seal as general of the Society of Jesus (1541) and thus became the emblem of his institute.” The Society of Jesus is the formal name for the Jesuits.

Gaston Hall stage as it looked on the afternoon
of April 15 with “IHS” still shrouded.

Although the monogram was covered over on the wooden pediment at the back of the Gaston Hall stage where it would have been directly above and behind President Obama as he spoke,  the letters “IHS” are posted elsewhere around the hall approximately 26 times on shields representing different parts of the United States and the world.Obama did not mention the name of Jesus during his address. However, he did mention Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. “There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells a story of two men…‘the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock,’” Obama said.

“We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand,” he added. “We must build our house upon a rock.”

UPDATED:

We dug up this video from the past during his campaigning.  He references the “Sermon on the Mount” as a radical belief.

10 Comments For This Post

  1. jordan says:

    Obama: There can only be one, 'One'.

    Some people have argued that Obama does not want to use religion to further a political ideology. However, Obama did evoke the Sermon on the Mount, at this Georgetown appearance, to further his economic agenda. Although Obama failed to mention Jesus Christ by name for the Sermon on the Mount.

    “There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells a story of two men…‘the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock,’” Obama said.

    “We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand,” he added. “We must build our house upon a rock.”

    The last statement is particularly ironic since building your house upon a ‘ROCK‘ means to build your house with Christ as the foundation. Obama decided to blot out the real foundation from the timeless parable.

    See the hi-res pictures:

    http://tinyurl.com/djtzgm

  2. Phil says:

    Mr. Obama should render unto the Government what is the Government’s, and render unto God what is God’s.

  3. David Reep says:

    Why even bother to make the speech in that particular room if the White House found it offensive to have IHS visible? He certainly feels at home with stained glass windows and other lofty architectural elements such as Greco Roman columns, ( campaign trail props )etc…perhaps he just does like like sharing the podium with any symbols more lofty than his own name.

  4. Fredo says:

    IHS means Jesus only for Catholics believers, Jesus is MORE THAN THAT! Obama didn´t denie Jesus. He just covered a monogram. The name of Jesus in the name above all name, nobody can cover it!

  5. Paul Swonger says:

    In the Latin-speaking Christianity of medieval Western Europe (and so among Catholics and many Protestants today), the most common Christogram is “IHS” or “IHC”, derived from the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus, iota-eta-sigma, or ΙΗΣ. Here, the Greek letter eta was transliterated as the letter H in the Latin-speaking West (Greek eta and Latin-alphabet H had the same visual appearance and shared a common historical origin), while the Greek letter sigma was either transliterated as the Latin letter C (due to the visually similar form of the lunate sigma), or as Latin S (since these letters of the two alphabets wrote the same sound). Because the Latin-alphabet letters I and J were not systematically distinguished until the 17th century, “JHS” and “JHC” are equivalent to “IHS” and “IHC”.

    “IHS” is sometimes interpreted as meaning Iesus Hominum Salvator (“Jesus, Savior of men” in Latin) or connected with In Hoc Signo. Some uses have even been created for the English language, where “IHS” is interpreted as an abbreviation of “I Have Suffered” or “In His Service”. Such interpretations are known as backronyms. Used in Latin since the seventh century, the first use of IHS in an English document dates from the fourteenth century, in The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman.[1] Saint Bernardino of Siena popularized the use of the three letters on the background of a blazing sun to displace both popular pagan symbols and seals of political factions like the Guelphs and Ghibellines in public spaces.[citation needed]

    One of the oldest Christograms is the Chi-Rho or Labarum. It consists of the superimposed Greek letters chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ), which are the first two letters of Christ in Greek. Technically, the word labarum is Latin for a type of vexillum, a military standard with a flag hanging from a horizontal crossbar. A Chi-Rho Christogram was added to the flag by the Emperor Constantine I in the late Roman period. Therefore Christogram and labarum were not originally synonyms.

    The most commonly encountered Christogram in English-speaking countries in modern times is the X (or more accurately, Greek letter chi) in the abbreviation Xmas (for “Christmas”), which represents the first letter of the word Christ.

  6. Reporter says:

    I have just been informed that tomorrow (Thursday) the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin formal consideration of David Hamilton — the notorious “No to Jesus, Yes to Allah”
    judge nominated by Barack Obama for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote tomorrow —
    a key vote that could determine whether Hamilton gets
    confirmed by the full Senate!

    As you may know, in 2005 this former ACLU activist ruled that prayers “using Christ’s name or title” were sectarian and therefore unconstitutional.

    To make matters worse, in a post-judgment motion for this same case Hamilton ruled that prayers said to “Allah” were acceptable!
    So, according to Obama’s first judicial nominee, prayers to Jesus are unconstitutional but prayers to Allah are just fine!

    Simply put, Hamilton said “No” to Jesus and “Yes” to Allah!

  7. Sean L says:

    Last time I checked Jesus’ name was still Jesus. Wait let me look again, yep still Jesus. Catholic are NOT Christians, they are CATHOLICS. Christ never said to pray to his mother or Peter or Paul or anyone else that followed him. He never said confess your sins to some dude behind a vail, but to the HEAVENLY father! A catholics mass is more like a funeral, I celebrate him, I joyfully follow him because I want to not because I have to. Obama wants nothing to do with Jesus Christ, he wants the attention.

  8. Ricky says:

    Obama is President, not Billy Graham. Our country is not made up of only Christians. I am a Christian but Herod was not a Jew but he did not make the Jews adhere to Roman paganism. Obama is a Christian but he has to govern all religious sects in our country. Many Christians fled to the United States because of religous persecution. Now we Christians want only Christianity to be recognized? We are definitely hypocrites.

  9. TRUE BELIEVER says:

    LET THE BIBLE SPEAK FOR THE TRUTH::: LUKE 12:8 JESUS SPEAKING SAID>>>>> I tell you the truth, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God, BUT HE WHO DISOWNS ME BEFORE MEN WILL BE DISOWNED BEFORE THE ANGELS OF GOD.///////THEN IN 1CORONTHIANS1:18 FOR THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING, BUT TO US WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED IT IS THE VERY POWER OF GOD.——————————————————
    Would you ever imagine a preacher that went to the Whitehouse, and tells the president i want you to take down those pictures behind me as I speak ? This guy Obama is a complete IDIOT so Arrogant, & he obama should wake up out of his being intoxication of SELFISHNESS.

  10. BOBBY PERRY says:

    JESUS SAID EVERY ONE , WILL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE WILL CONFESS
    AND BARACK OBAMA WILL CONFESS, THAT JESUS IS LORD.

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