Political motives aside, and with the highest respect for the Office of the President of the United States, we the undersigned friends, students, and alumni of Saint Vincent College respectfully protest your acceptance of the College\'s invitation to speak at commencement on May 11th.
Since it was founded in 1846, Saint Vincent College has strived to embody the ideals of the Catholic faith and the fifteen-hundred-year heritage of Benedictine education. The College\'s mission is firmly rooted in \"the love of values inherent in the liberal approach to life and learning.\" We believe your administration\'s disregard of opposing viewpoints has deeply divided the nation and flies in the face of this approach.
Your poor stewardship of the environment, policies that favor the wealthy while ignoring the needs of the poor and the sick, and reckless squandering of the lives of our troops by clinging to failed tactics in an ill-conceived, unjustified war are at odds with our values. Values that
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