Dozens Of Notre Dame Graduates Walk Out During Mike Pence Commencement Speech

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Dozens of graduating students walked out during Vice President Mike Pence's commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday, according to video reports posted on social networks. When Pence was called to the stage Saturday morning, over 50 of the new alumni walked out in protest. The students cited the Vice President’s history of anti-LGBTQ actions including the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 2015, which some say legalized discrimination against LGBTQ people and families.

A small crowd of protesters also gathered at the university’s main entrance.

We Stand For, a coalition of students at Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s College, posted videos of the protest on Facebook and Twitter. The group says it stands up “for human dignity, respect and justice.”

GLAAD, a group representing those in the LGBTQ community, applauded the men and woman who protested.

“Graduates around the country deserve commencement speakers who inspire them to propel our diverse country forward, and these Notre Dame students bravely told the world that Vice President Pence’s anti-LGBTQ actions fly in the face of unity and inspiration,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “These Notre Dame graduates should be applauded for demonstrating true leadership and standing up for freedom and acceptance.”

Meanwhile, Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne said school officials would only intervene if the protest “seriously disrupted” the commencement or put anyone’s safety at risk.

"It's deeply humbling for me to participate in the 172nd commencement in Notre Dame's 175th year," Pence said to applause and boos, according to WNDU. Even prior to his speech, many students had announced plans to walk out in opposition to Trump administration's policies.

In his address, the VP touted President Trump's recent executive order on religious freedom in his address to the Catholic university, as well as Trump's remarks on religion in Saudi Arabia. Ironically, Pence also took aim at political correctness on college campuses, saying it was "wholly outside of the American tradition." It was just the signal dozens of graduating seniors needed to demonstrative walk out of their own graduation.

Prior to Pence's address, valedictorian C.J. Pine gave a politically charged address in which he called for equal rights and religious freedom for Muslims and all faiths The Hill reported. "Our generation must stand against the scapegoating of Muslims," he said.  Pine also appeared to take aim at Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“If we are going to build walls between American students and international students, then I am skewered on the fence," Pine said. 

Taking a more conciliatory tone, Father John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, called for peace and dialogue.  "Too often the love that fires our passion is twisted into a hatred in which we disagree," Jenkins said.

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apadictionary's picture

did mike pence also walk away during mike pence's speech?

earleflorida's picture

i didn't know there was an african county in ireland to recruit from... newt 

SafelyGraze's picture

they were protesting his religion and religious beliefs and religious affiliation


CheapBastard's picture

Sore losers. Maybe they can get the Pope to convert from his radical socialism back to Catholicism.

Manthong's picture

Someone should post a list of the belligerent little idiots somewhere so that prospective employers could see who they are considering hiring are all about... disrespect.


ThaBigPerm's picture

Virtue duly noted as signalled... surgeon general's warning: recreational outrage can be addictive

john doeberg's picture

Any excuse is good to ditch a boring event.


RAT005's picture

Video of the parade of the Unemployables?

And those catholic students should revisit the part where their religion condems homosexual just isn't as charming as they would like to think.

remain calm's picture

Little snowflakes will be the first to default on their loans too, because the decided to major in the greek mythogy with a minor clay pottery. Fuck off you little twirps.

OverTheHedge's picture

Come the crash, pottery will be a useful skill - the world will always need ashtrays.

Greek mythology has some usefull lessons, but will not readily translate into a workable trade, although story-telling may make a comeback, once television dies a.well - deserved death

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Nah, combine the Greek with the pottery. The world is going to need more urns than ashtrays. Many, many more.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Graduates of a Catholic university walked out to protest his Christian views?  lmfao! 

Twee Surgeon's picture

It's nothing personal, they are jesuits. They probably have to be at a homicide or a molesting or a fundraiser for a Mexican cartel.It might be Che Guevara's birthday or something. So much to do, so little time.

Son of Loki's picture

Post names and photos of the snowflakes. Employers already have a tough time finding applicants who are not stoned, not too stupid, too arrogant, or former felons. Add these losers to the list and they may be forced to hire more foreigners.

The last three people my company hired were two Asians (Chinese from Australia and a South Korean) and one older American who came back into the work force---which was great since the senior fellow had tons of skills that he willingly shared.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Dont let your logic confuse these ever so important emotional social issues. I smiled a little bit when I typed that.

I hope these morons get a clue before they whelp some offspring.  For the kid's sake, not theirs. I take some guilty pleasure imagining their 16 yr old Jr informing them he is queer and his new bf is a transvestite nigger dope dealer, or he just grows up despising them and their views. From the Bible their college espouses You reap what you sow. The harvest should be interesting for the snowflakes.

InternetToughGuy's picture

It is a "Catholic" University, or more precisely, a formerly Catholic University. The vast majority of Catholic schools seemed to have abandoned teaching Catholic morality. It is the modernist mind-rot of Vatican II. e.g. Catholic institutions no longer teach that "there is no salvation outside the Church", but rather they preach "ecumenism". Ecumenism, as it is currently taught, is actually religious indifferentism, which is actually a sin in the true Catholic teaching.

As far as "marriage equality" goes, modernist Catholics are the very WORST as poll numbers go, in representing true Christian morality. The Church teaches that homosexuality is a mortal sin, but modernist Catholics tend to favor homosexual "marriage". And on and on. 

If someone is Catholic and they have children I would recommend public school before sending them to a Catholic school. The exceptions are those schools that are still traditional Catholic. They are the exception. The worst schools are the ones run by the Jesuits. They used to be a great order of priests, but now they are purveyors of mind-rot. e.g. Bergoglio.

istt's picture

Unfortunately, some employers would use it as "hiring" list.

shovelhead's picture

They would be plugged into .gov employment in a heartbeat.

remain calm's picture

Starbucks has got a position for you making my coffee every morning just the way I like it and I will be the one wearing the golden MAGA hat.

Got The Wrong No's picture

The little Snowflakes gender twisted pukes would think spiting in you coffee would be a righteous protest for you Patriotism. 


RICKYBIRD's picture

I'll be the one wearing the pink pussy hat with MAGA.

pilager's picture

Little fruit like butt hurt cupcake communist wanna be libtard spoiled cumsucking raised by mommy living mommies cry babies experments need to have a good dose of real life.... and surely..... will start.... after Pensy puts him to work. 


Rements of the swamp.... Drain it! All of it!

thinkmoretalkless's picture

Right, so future employers will be aware that these righteous worldly souls will walkout of staff meeting if there aren't transgender bathroom or maybe request....I mean demand.... safe spaces when they encounter micro aggressions at work. ND has long ago lost my respect. Just another Ivy League wannabe. What a rip off. Save the tuition and bribe your way into a career you pompous twerps.

BabaLooey's picture

Fuck these assholes.

Stupid shites are too dumb to know they've been lied to since 2008, when the cunt fraud got in office.

If one of these silly vagina's were my kid - his/her ass would be kicked.

StanleyTheManly's picture

"Silly vagina's"..."cunt fraud"...why don't you try casting your insults WITHOUT insulting women in general. 

Paper Mache's picture

Calm down dear. How''s about dickheads, cocksuckers and motherfuckers, does that help out with your gender issues?

StanleyTheManly's picture

Hey, "dear", you forgot silly penises. Stuff it with your "gender issues".

Md4's picture

Motherfuckers works for me!

BabaLooey's picture

How about you quit drinking from the nearest toilet, Mister Twatasaurus

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Dozens Of Notre Dame Graduates Walk Out During Mike Pence Commencement Speech

My response: America is in trouble because our YOUTH have been corrupted. They are deceived by the great deceiver, the Father of Lies. Fixing this issue will take a long time, if ever.


He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.

.... Adolf Hitler

eatapeach's picture

We've all been lied to, and for many many many years before 2008.

Stroke's picture

Snowflakes &Sore loosers......The're going to be so surprised when they enter the real world

Md4's picture

You'd be surprised.

Corporations are deathly afraid of lawsuits and bad publicity on social media.

Instead of firing these asswipes, they cower and cater to them. Until they're made to get their minds right, while foraging from dumpsters for food, we're fucked.


vato poco's picture

but sooner or later, the employers will figure out the solution: just don't hire the whiny little cocksuckers at all. automation. targeted Buffet-style downsizing: 'in accordance with the 80/20 rule, 20% of your customers supply 80% of your profits, so...just fire that bottom 80%. send 'em packing!'- along with the 80% of your workforce required to service them. extreme vetting at hiring time; can't be hired without a recommendation from an existing (long-time) employee whose job (and pension?)("pension" LOL) will be axed if the new guy fucks up. unintended consequences, kiddies ....

His name was Seth Rich


Oldwood's picture

Definitely a radical extremist.

Anyone who does not reject their closely held mainstream beliefs of thirty years ago is absolutely a radical and should be forced to kneel before our progressives begging forgiveness and promising submission....maybe even beheading, if they don't seem earnest enough. 

Tolerance DEMANDS submission.

Clycntct's picture

he called for equal rights and religious freedom for Muslims"

Ya let them cut our head off with left or right handed swords

equal rights and all!

Croesus's picture

@ Oldwood:

"Tolerance DEMANDS submission"

Now THAT is a good idea for a bumper sticker...

JRobby's picture

The destruction of education is complete, $50g per semester.

Eyes Opened's picture

"i didn't know there was an african county in ireland"

 We are gittin there....

This is my hometown....


HRClinton's picture

No, but it's deeply disingenuous to say once again, the he is "deeply humbled" to be there.

Humbled? Really?

"Honored and delighted" would be more accurate and honest, than his faux humility. 

fleur de lis's picture

What rude, obnoxious snowflakes.

These brats will enter the workforce and snitch on anyone who is not sufficiently compliant regarding the issues near and dear to a snowflake's heart.

All of them should named on a publically available list and avoided for employment.

If they have such a poor sense of decorum after years at a well known University, they should not be hired for anything.

They got away with a public affront to the VP on national TV, so they will be inconsiderate, pushy, aggressively intolerant, out of control troublemakers in any job from now on.

They will be reckless with company property, they will not comply with company codes of conduct unless it suits them, they will not think twice to humiliate another coworker or a superior, they will demand better benefits and higher pay for mediocre work, they will by such fun at the office.

Any company that hires them had better have good HR and legal departments.




Drater's picture

My employer even has a "snitch hotline" and a separate "bully hotline" now for snowflakes to backstab their co-workers...instead of trying to handle any situations (real or perceived) directly one-on-one they can call anonymously like the cowards they are. I'm just thankful to be nearing the end of my career rather than starting out in this type of environment. 

CheapBastard's picture

The dictator Chairman Meeow had the same set-up of snithces, mostly very young Red Shirts who would snitch on anyone who did not tow the violent communist manifesto views. Many kids even snitched on their parents.  We see this dangerous developemnt now in various hate-filled areas of the USA like Berkley and some other campuses. Has to be one of the most serious threats to our nation when you get beat up for expressing yoru 1st Amendment views.

knukles's picture

I am ever so glad that I'm retired.
I never was patient with people shit or politics and the whole environment today is 100% those two nuisances.
What's shocking is the amount of law suits (number and $ settlements) that take place out here in CA in the government.  Everybody sues the city/county for unsafe work environments (Because for example, somebody tweeted something un-nice) and are getting big settlements.
These people (Progressives) Do Not Work in the traditional economic sense of the term.  They produce nothing, are a financial drag on an over encumbered system dolling out fiat money for silence and votes that the perpetuates as it's a bonanza of a gravy train.

Even one of my buds who's an IT guy has to put up with shit like this ... unknown transgressions surfacing thru legal actions between ....
Hey, guess what?  Remember Joe?  Well, he's suing you, yes, your Joe.  Why?  Because you said "boo" to him and you're not allowed to scare your employees into submission.


We're fucked.  The Bolsheviks won a long time ago.  They got the schools and now healthcare.
Wait until you get your ration cards.

NAV's picture

Yes. I personally, in my bailiwick, no longer hire anyone from UC Berkeley.

knukles's picture

Try the whole bloody CA educaitonal system and you'll be better served.