A California bill is awaiting Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature which proposes to remove the statue of Catholic saint Father Junípero Serra in Sacramento citing that Serra played a significant role in the mistreatment of native people in California.
This bill follows the trend of progressives attempting to remove statues commemorating influential historical figures in the name of injustice, racism, sexism, etc. Progressive Democrats removed statues of Robert E. Lee and Christopher Columbus across the country.
President Joe Biden is an outspoken Catholic, but despite this, his progressive allies are continuing to push for this bill to be signed. Serra played a vital role in the history of the state of California.
Archbishops statewide are arguing that removing Serra’s statue would be a blow to Catholics across the state. Both the San Francisco archbishop and the archbishop of Los Angeles wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal urging Newsom to not sign the legislation.
“Serra was a complex character, but he defended Indigenous people’s humanity, decried the abuse of Indigenous women, and argued against imposing the death penalty on natives who had burned down a mission and murdered one of his friends,” the archbishops wrote in the op-ed.
Last summer racial justice protestors tore down the statue (they also toppled statues of Francis Scott Key and Ulysses S. Grant), and it has been in storage since. This bill would permanently keep it there.
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