Voices in favor of the destruction of Junipero Serra statues have accused the Spanish missionary of having committed numerous crimes.
By Paul Smeaton | 17 July 2020
LIFE SITE NEWS — The Ventura City Council has voted to remove a statue of St. Junípero Serra from its location outside its City Hall. Statues of the 18th-century Catholic missionary have become a target for vandalism and destruction across California in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, the council unanimously voted to remove both a bronze statue of Serra located on public property in front of City Hall and a wooden replica currently kept inside the City Hall buildings. The bronze statue will be relocated to the Mission San Buenaventura, one of nine mission sites founded by Serra, while the eventual destination of the wooden statue is yet to be determined.
While protesters have pulled down and desecrated statues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento in recent weeks, the statue outside Ventura City Hall has so far been preserved. Last month, a group of courageous young Catholics physically defended the statue when a mob had sought to tear it down.
Voices in favor of the destruction of Serra statues have accused the Spanish missionary of having committed numerous crimes, including genocide and the enslavement and torture of indigenous peoples. […]