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Obama sends no representative to Memorial Mass for beheaded journalist James Foley.

Posted by on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists.

President Obama, however, did send three White House aides to Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American fatally shot in an encounter with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

The memorial mass for James Foley took place Sunday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Foley’s hometown. Connie Hammond, an administrative assistant at Holy Rosary, told CNSNews.com that no White House officials were in attendance.

“There was nobody that represented the White House,” Hammond said, adding that all of the dignitaries in attendance called ahead except for one and that all of them sat together.

Tom Bebbington, director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, told CNSNews.com that the officials in attendance at the Mass included New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R.-N.H.) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D.-N.H), and Rep. Ann Kuster (D.-N.H.).

Bebbington confirmed that no White House officials were present.

Pope Francis sent his condolences to the Foley family in a letter that was read during the Mass.

The letter said the Holy Father “commends James to the loving mercy of God our Father, and joins all who mourn him in praying for an end to senseless violence and the dawn of reconciliation and peace among all the members of the human family.”

While Obama sent no White House officials to Foley’s Sunday memorial Mass, he sent three to Michael Brown’s Monday funeral.

These, according to the Associated Press, included Broderick Johnson, chairman of the White House's My Brother's Keeper Task Force; Marlon Marshall, the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, who went to high school with Brown's mother; and Heather Foster, who is an adviser to the Office of Public Engagement.

James Foley, a freelance photojournalist, was murdered by ISIS terrorists, who released a video of his beheading last week. He had previously been imprisoned while reporting from Libya.

“Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend,” Obama said in a statement released last week following news of Foley’s death, “He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away.”

“Today, the American people will all say a prayer for those who loved Jim,” Obama concluded, “All of us feel the ache of his absence. All of us mourn his loss.”

Obama was later criticized for going golfing shortly after making this statement on Foley’s beheading.

Thoughts??

by on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM
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I have to wonder why.  Not take some journalists word for what he/she thinks is the reason why.

4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

General question:

Would it violate White House staff's religious freedom to be sent to a Catholic mass? 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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 The source is dubious at best

Were they wanted at the Foley funeral? His brother was publicly stating the government should have done more to get him home.

Just an FYI, one of the people that went to the funeral of Mike Brown was a high school classmate of Mike Brown's Mom.

Also, because of that incident, the national guard had to be called in....the situation is a national one now.

Obama was later criticized for going golfing shortly after making this statement on Foley’s beheading.

really?

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I have to wonder if the family did not want any one there.

It was, after all, their fault.

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

So very disrespectful that no one from the White House went to this service

Mommabearbergh
by on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Did they want a White House rep there? Is the question. Talk about race baiting
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM

 it was their fault?

How so?

you think they should have paid the ransome?

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I have to wonder if the family did not want any one there.

It was, after all, their fault.

 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM


Quoting pamelax3:

So very disrespectful that no one from the White House went to this service

This really is my first thought on this.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 it was their fault?

How so?

you think they should have paid the ransome?

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I have to wonder if the family did not want any one there.

It was, after all, their fault.

 

The family may very well think it is their fault.

That is what I meant.

I can certainly understand if they do.  Whether they are right or wrong is another subject.

Mommabearbergh
by on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Are you even sure they would want them there. If i gave the White House notice my child is in danger and they did nothing would I want them in the church where I am grieving.mmmm probably not.

Quoting pamelax3:

So very disrespectful that no one from the White House went to this service

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