President Barack Obama offended Catholics when he pardoned the Thanksgiving Day turkey with the Sign of the Cross. That's a sacred symbol for Catholics and millions of other believers because it stands for the Holy Trinity and the suffering and death of Christ on the cross. Those are their core beliefs, and mocking them is akin to disrespecting the Koran, ridiculing Kwanzaa or using insulting slang when referring to LGBT peoples.
C'mon, some of you might now be thinking. Let up, let it go. It was an innocent act in a light-hearted moment. Obama didn't mean to offend. It was just part of the silly, perennial White House "pardoning" of the Thanksgiving Day turkey. After all, he may not have understood the sacred meaning of the Sign of the Cross to so many.
If that was your answer, then perhaps you are finally getting it. Often things are said, written or done that are not meant to be offensive. But it still raises the hackles of the the many politically correct Americans who find insult all kinds of innocent words and deeds. Truth probably is that not all Catholics were offended by Obama's impiety, or even noticed.
But some do, so, will Obama apologize--an act always demanded by squads of political correct sensitivity enforcers? I'd guess not.
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