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PC California Removes Statue Of Saint

Church and Latin groups are silent.

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Indian groups have again had their way with American history. This time in deep blue Los Angeles, as the mayor is removing a statue honoring a Roman Catholic missionary because of Indian pressure. Incidents like this always bring to mind this television clip where Colonel Nelson Miles has a nice chat with Sitting Bull.

Given this is a desecration of the memory of a Latin historical figure, where are Latin pressure groups like La Raza? Are they silent because they can only go after those whom they perceive to be conservatives? And where is the Roman Catholic Church, who is being directly attacked by this action? Have they no voice? Where is local Bishop Barron?

FNC: “Los Angeles is scrubbing the name of Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic saint and missionary, from a downtown Los Angeles park, more than a year after activists vandalized statues of the 19th century priest.

The city plans to remove Saint Junipero Serra’s name from a portion of the park and will be referred to as La Plaza Park until a new name is adopted, the statement said. Garcetti had convened a ‘civic memory’ working group in 2019 to give recommendations as to how the liberal city could ‘engage’ with its past. But as the group was working, left-wing activists took matters into their own hands and ripped down the statue of Serra in 2020. Another statue of Serra in Sacramento was also vandalized.

Serra, who lived from 1713 to 1784 and was canonized by Pope Francis in 2015, is seen as the father of the California missionary effort. Serra is heralded as bringing Christianity to Western America and assisting in the conversion of many Native Americans. Canonizing Serra at a mass in Washington, D.C., in 2015, Pope Francis implicitly rejected claims that Serra was involved in the mistreatment of Native Americans.”

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Father Serra Park, will be renamed by way of a “indigenous cultural easement.” That would be  created out of thin air “to give local indigenous communities priority access to the park for practice of traditional ceremonies.”

“Los Angeles is a city of belonging that takes responsibility for the mistakes we’ve made in the past,” Garcetti said in a statement. “Our indigenous brothers and sisters deserve justice and today we take a step toward delivering both greater cultural sensitivity and spaces for Angelenos to gather and perform their traditional ceremonies.”

The pope begged to differ, but offered nothing but weak words about Serra, not about the issue. “He learned how to bring to birth and nurture God’s life in the faces of everyone he met; he made them his brothers and sisters,” he said. “Junípero sought to defend the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated and abused it.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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