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College of the Holy Cross to Honor Former Obama Speechwriter at Commencement

Jon Favreau, former director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama, will receive an honorary degree from College of the Holy Cross and address the graduates during the College's Commencement ceremonies next month, according to the College’s website.

Favreau, a Catholic, recently compared a recent law in Kansas that protected the religious freedom of business owners to Jim Crow Laws. On Twitter, he called the law “A tragically sad day in the history of Kansas, where the House just went Jim Crow on gay couples.”

Late last year, when an Ohio judge rejected Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage, he retweeted a tweet saying how proud they were. He wrote, “Me too.”

Favreau wrote disapprovingly of Pope Benedict XVI in the Daily Beast:

Benedict, who during his tenure gave a speech that insulted Islam, reinstated a bishop who had denied the Holocaust, labeled homosexual acts an “intrinsic moral evil,” and failed to adequately address one of history’s most revolting sex abuse scandals, chose to focus on defending the institution of the Catholic Church, no matter how damaged or hypocritical it had become.

He also wrote disparagingly of his own Catholic education, writing:

Growing up in a small, middle-class suburb of Boston, my religious education was largely based on the traditional Catholic pillars of guilt, shame, and fear. The main message of every mass was to show up at mass more often. The primary focus of Sunday school was on the sins we might commit, rather than the good works we might perform. As teenagers, we were taught about the sanctity of life with a graphic depiction of an aborted fetus. Subtle. 

Favreau was valedictorian of the class of 2003 at Holy Cross.

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