Cultural Cleansing of Christian Males

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Statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J.
Statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J.
Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan

USA – -( The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed.

Last week came word Saint Louis University will remove a heroic-sized statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J. from the front of Fusz Hall, where it has stood for 60 years.

The statue depicts Fr. De Smet holding aloft a crucifix as he ministers to two American Indians, one of whom is kneeling.

Historically, the statue is accurate. Fr. De Smet, “Blackrobe,” as he was known, was a 19th-century missionary to Indian tribes who converted thousands. A friend of Sitting Bull, he spent his last years in St. Louis.

And as the mission of this Jesuit university is, presumably, to instruct the Catholic young in their faith and send them out into the world to bring the good news of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior to nonbelievers, what exactly is the problem here?

According to SLU Assistant Vice President for Communications Clayton Berry, “some faculty and staff … raised questions about whether the sculpture is culturally sensitive.” Senior Ryan McKinley is more specific: “The statue of De Smet depicts a history of colonialism, imperialism, racism and of Christian and white supremacy.”

Statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J. was removed last week.
Statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J. was removed last week.

But if the founder of Christianity is the Son of God, then Christianity is a superior religion. What Ryan and those faculty and staff seem to be ashamed of, uncomfortable with, or unable to defend, is the truth for which Saint Louis University was supposed to stand.

But simply because they are cowardly, or politically correct, why should that statue be going into the SLU art museum? Why should not they themselves depart for another institution where their sensitivities will not be assaulted by artistic expressions of religious truths?

The message the SLU president should have given the dissenters is simple:

We are a Catholic university that welcomes students and faculty not of the faith. But if you find our identity objectionable, then go somewhere else. We are not changing who we are.

Yet another missionary to the Indians is now becoming a figure of controversy. On his September visit to Washington, D.C., Pope Francis plans to canonize Fr. Junipero Serra, the Spanish Franciscan whom John Paul II beatified in 1988, who converted thousands of Indians in California in the 18th century, when it still belonged to Mexico.

Fr. Serra established nine missions up the coast, among them missions that would grow into San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.

Not only is Fr. Serra's name famous in California, his statue has stood since 1931 in the U.S. Capitol in one of two places set aside for the Golden State. The other statue representing California is that of President Ronald Reagan, unveiled in 2009, which replaced a statue of the preacher Thomas Starr King.

With the pope coming here to canonize Fr. Serra, the war drums have begun. It is said the priest accompanied Spanish soldiers who brutalized the Indians, and Fr. Serra helped to eradicate their religion and culture, replacing it with his own.

Now a move is afoot to remove Fr. Serra's statue.

According to the Religion New Service, “State Sen. Ricardo Lara, an openly gay Los Angeles Democrat, wants to replace a bronze statue of Serra with a monument honoring Sally Ride, the nation's first female astronaut. Lara said Ride would become ‘the first member of the LGBT community' to be honored in Statuary Hall.”

Another drive is underway by feminists to remove the visage of Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replace it with that of a woman, preferably a minority woman. Jackson, it is said, was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of the Cherokees in the Trail of Tears.

Yet, Jackson, slashed across the head by a British soldier in the last days of the Revolution for refusing to polish his boots, was also arguably the greatest soldier-statesman in American history.

Gen. Jackson led the 1815 defense of New Orleans against the British invasion force, and crushed the Indian marauders in Florida, drove out the Spanish governor, and cleared the path for annexation.

Twice elected president, Jackson is, with Jefferson, a father of the Democratic Party, and he and his proteges Sam Houston and James K. Polk virtually doubled the size of the United States.

One Internet poll advanced four leading candidates to replace Jackson: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Wilma Mankiller and Harriet Tubman.

But when we look at who is currently on America's currency — George Washington on the $1 bill, Abe Lincoln on the $5, Hamilton on the $10, Jackson on the $20, Ulysses S. Grant on the $50, Ben Franklin on the $100 — do any of these women really compete in terms of historic achievement with what those great men accomplished?

Aren't we carrying this affirmative action business a bit too far?

What all these arguments are at bottom all about, however, is a deep divide among us over the question: Was the European Christian conquest of America, given its flaws and failings, on balance, a great and good thing. Or not? (Editor: Ammoland's Vote is it was)

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 8 thoughts on “Cultural Cleansing of Christian Males

    1. Apathy. It is the main destructor of our rights, heritage, history, and freedoms. When it comes down to it most people follow the herd. They go along with something for fear of being alienated for their differing views. I believe that we can change the course by unapologetically standing for our differing views. Had a well respected faculty member done so, the actions at SLU may not have happened when the majority of students and faculty stood beside them. But apathy kills the good intended by giving the affected a question of, “Does this bother me enough to do something about it?” The differing view person may step forth, but the apathetic will do nothing or follow the herd as it takes far less effort. DON’T BE APATHETIC!

    2. This country has become too consumed with being politically correct and ultra-minority “rights” instead of the threats posed by muslim terrorists. For the students and staff of a religious institution to be concerned about a statue depicting a missionary are they not in favor of spreading the Word of God to non-believers today? That’s the whole purpose of missionaries to get people away from how they now worship to Christianity!

    3. The Editor should understand that the catholic church through purgatory says anyone can see heaven.

      No jesus needed….. besides the church teaches muslims are their brothers and have the same god….

      So take down all their statues……

      1. what is with this removal of all items that celebrate the history of this country? god and history are not taught in schools anymore. now all imagery of our history is being destroyed in the name of political correctness? this is stupid and criminal. if people dont like the look, or the message of a school, building, business, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! this country was founded on freedom of religion and personal choice. its looking more and more like what russia and germany went thru during the purges of their ‘unsavory elements’ GOD & COUNTRY!!!!

    4. There are some people who believe that if remnants of the past are removed then their guilt is soothed.

      Maybe we should face up to the fact that maybe keeping these historic reminders can help us understand the acts of the past and make sense of our history.

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