Martin Hill
OpEd News
June 23, 2008

I and others of faith join together in this call for the immediate removal of Michael Reagan from the Board of Directors of Notre Dame Catholic High School in Sherman Oaks CA. This Thursday, June 26th we will be presenting an official petition to you, your school’s president Br. William Nick CSC, Principal Stephanie Connnely, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony, as well as The Holy Cross Institute, whose home is at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.


Catholic Activist Calls for The Removal of Michael Reagan From Notre Dame High School’s Board Of Directors


June 23, 2008

To all concerned parties,

My name is Martin Hill. I was born and raised in Southern California and attended parochial schools for 12 years, along with my 5 siblings. I am writing to you today regarding a situation involving Michael Reagan, who sits on the board of directors of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA. Reagan is one of 24 members on the board and is listed as an ‘Alumni Parent’.
On their mission statement, the school’s website states: ‘The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for eternal life."

On Monday June 16th, Clear Channel radio station KFI AM 640 Los Angeles, in their 8:30AM News hour, covered the story of radio talk show host Michael Reagan being investigated by the FBI for making death threats on his radio show, against anti-war activist Mark Dice. ( )
Dice, who heads a Christian group called ‘The Resistance’ based in San Diego, had recently appeared on the FOX News Network
discussing his group’s campaign to send dvds to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan outlining reasons why they should oppose the war:
watch video:

Michael Reagan subsequently called for the assassination of Mark Dice on his nationally syndicated radio show: Watch:
Dice immediately issued a press release denouncing the remarks, filed a criminal complaint with the FBI against Reagan, and called for his immediate firing.

As the news website ‘Raw Story’ later reported, Reagan, the son of the late president Ronald Reagan said:

"We ought to find the people who are doing this," Reagan said, "take ’em out, and shoot ’em. Really. Just find the people who are sending those letters- to demoralize our troops- they are traitors to this country-and shoot them. You have a problem with that? Deal with it. But anybody who would do that doesn’t deserve to live. You call them traitors-that’s what they are- and you shoot ’em dead. I’ll pay for the bullet."
"How about you take Mark Dice out," Reagan continued, �and put him in the middle of the firing range? Tie him to a post, don’t blindfold him, and let it rip and have some fun with Mark Dice."

On Sunday, Dice announced on his website that he received a personal apology from Reagan and will appear on Reagan’s show to receive an on-air apology Monday, June 16th, at 3:30pm Pacific.
"While I understand different political opinions can result in heated arguments, Reagan’s statements are completely unacceptable, un-American, and extremely dangerous," Dice said. "Reagan has elevated the hate and rhetoric aimed at those who disagree with this war to new and unprecedented level. He must be fired immediately and no other radio or TV network should let his voice be heard, or his face be seen.
"Despite Reagan’s apology," Dice continued, "the Pandora’s box that he opened can never be closed. The ramifications of his threats and suggestions are enormous and frightening. In an age where a few clicks of a keyboard can result in anyone’s home address being found, Reagan’s comments open the door for stalking, vandalism, and worse. Any threats made will be forwarded immediately to the FBI and the appropriate legal action will be taken."

News website Buzzzflash then reported some previous comments made by Reagan, advocating the murder and genocide of muslim babies and their mothers:
Then a YouTube posting of a Michael Reagan broadcast from a couple of years back finally got noticed for what it was: genocidal threats against Muslim babies and mothers, because some Middle Eastern mother named her child "Hezbollah."
"You know what I would get them for a first birthday, I would put a grenade up their butts and light it. Happy birthday. Bye-Bye." He went on to say, "What’s wrong with killing the mothers and the babies?" It only gets more macabre and defiantly homicidal from there

Michael Reagan–presidential son and top-rated talk show host–shares his sick ideas on how to solve trouble in the Middle East on 8/15/2006. First he advocates killing babies by inserting "a grenade up their butts," then he claims we will achieve peace "when everybody in the Middle East is dead." [ watch video]

Numerous news outlets and internet blogs then followed up with coverage on the story. Mike Malloy, syndicated radio host with NOVA radio also covered the topic. Under pressure, Reagan spoke to Dice in a pre-recorded interview Monday morning June 16th, which aired later Monday afternoon. In the arguementative and hostile interview, Reagan offered a supposed apology that Dice doubts is sincere, and ended with the snide comments that he hoped Dice "had his 30 minutes of fame". Dice, who has reportedly recieved numerous death threats since Reagan’s original broadcast, told Reagan that he should be held legally and civilly accountable.
Part 1 of the June 16 Interview with Reagan and Dice:
Part 2

On their website, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catechism document on Intentional homicide states:
2268 The fifth commandment forbids direct and intentional killing as gravely sinful. The murderer and those who cooperate voluntarily in murder commit a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance. [69] Infanticide, [70] fratricide, parricide, and the murder of a spouse are especially grave crimes by reason of the natural bonds which they break. Concern for eugenics or public health cannot justify any murder, even if commanded by public authority.
The fifth commandment forbids doing anything with the intention of indirectly bringing about a person’s death. The moral law prohibits exposing someone to mortal danger without grave reason, as well as refusing assistance to a person in danger.

Whether or not Americans are satisfied with the government’s investigation into 9/11 ( ) or whether they approve of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is largely inconsequential to this e-mail, although I must point out that the Catholic church, including Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II before him, as well as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have spoken out against the current wars. Also, these undeclared wars do not meet the requirements for the ‘Just War Doctrine’ outlined in our Catechism.

In the homily at Mass yesterday, the priest reiterated how Jesus said four times in the Gospel not to be afraid. The priest explained that we must not be afraid to stand up and challenge authority. People of all faiths, not just Catholics, in California and across the world, are working towards peace and will not be belittled, devalued and threatened.

We stand behind Mark Dice and insist on respect for all human life. For a person such as Reagan who regularly advocates such outrageous racial and religous hatred as well as calls for murderous threats and genocide, it is completely unacceptable for him to hold a position of authority, prestige and influence over 1200 Catholic school students and their education. I and others of faith join together in this call for the immediate removal of Michael Reagan from the Board of Directors of Notre Dame Catholic High School in Sherman Oaks CA. This Thursday, June 26th we will be presenting an official petition to you, your school’s president Br. William Nick CSC, Principal Stephanie Connnely, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony, as well as The Holy Cross Institute, whose home is at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. . According to Notre Dame’s website, it was Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1947.

I hope you will take this request in the spirit that it is intended.

Those people who wish to add their name to this petition can do so by e-mailing me at [email protected] Please put the word ‘PETITION’ in the subject line. Include your name, e-mail address, City, as well as comments if you wish, and phone number if you would like a reply. For those requesting media interviews, please put MEDIA in the subject line.

We request that prompt action be taken at the local level and if not, we will petition the Cardinal. The Holy Cross website points out that

"The diocesan bishop has the right of vigilance over and visitation of the Catholic schools located in his territory, even those schools which have been established or are being directed by members of religious institutes; he is likewise competent to issue prescriptions dealing with the general regulation of Catholic schools; such prescriptions are also operative for those schools which are directed by religious, with due regard for their autonomy regarding the internal management of their schools." (Canon 806.1)


Martin Hill

Note: The Notre Dame High School website states:

Values: Integral to the Holy Cross educational philosophy is the formation of the whole person. In keeping with this philosophy, Notre Dame bases its mission on these shared values:
Spiritual: We strive to give students a comprehensive understanding of the Catholic faith, a respect for the value of the individual and the experience of a faith community, lived out through liturgy, prayer and service.
Intellectual: We seek a curriculum which meets the highest standards of accreditation and society, which prepares students for college and post-secondary pursuits, and which fully develops students’ skills for communication and critical thinking.
Personal: Notre Dame seeks to shape students who value themselves and others, who apply gospel values in moral decision-making, who have strong aesthetic sense and who exhibit self-discipline and a cooperative spirit.
Communal: Notre Dame aims to promote an active interest in the well-being of others, understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and an awareness of the responsibilities of citizenship.


Notre Dame High School
13645 Riverside Dr
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 933-3600
The Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s University
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704-6489
Phone: 512-637-1962
Fax: 512-637-1937
E-mail: [email protected]
Brother Stephen Walsh
Phone: 512-448-8650
E-mail: [email protected]

Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2202
213 637 7000
[email protected]
Please contact Media Relations at 213 637 7215 or [email protected].
Directions to the Archdiocesan Catholic Center

Br. William Nick CSC President [email protected] 610
Stephanie Connelly Principal [email protected] 625
Vera De Artola Director of Campus Ministry [email protected] 662
Tom Dill Dean of Men [email protected] 624
Richard Klee Vice Principal of Academic Affairs [email protected] 622
Br. Lawrence Skitzki Controller [email protected] 615
Ann McClung Dean of Women [email protected] 626
Terry McGaha Vice President of Mission and Planning [email protected] 612
Catherine Nelson Vice Principal of Instruction [email protected] 621
Mary Oyler Director of Facilities [email protected] 607
Courtney Relph Director of Admissions and Events [email protected] 632
Rob Thomas Vice Pricipal of Student Life [email protected] 650
Louis Weiss Director of Technology [email protected] 689
Barbara Yundt Director of Counseling/Sophomore Counselor [email protected] 645

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