Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Students demand Catholic university denounce Saint Junípero Serra as mass murderer

Paternalism banished from campus
A coalition of students at the University of San Diego have demanded that administrators denounce Saint Junípero Serra as a mass murderer with a “colonialist legacy.” They also want the Catholic saint’s name stripped from a campus building at the private, Catholic university.

The demand, one of nearly two dozen made by a coalition of black and LGBTQ students calling themselves “Concerned Students at USD,” also demanded that administrators allow “a coalition of native students, staff and faculty” to rename USD’s Serra Hall.

Serra was a Catholic, Franciscan missionary from Spain who arrived in the United States in 1749, and settled among the American Indians in California. With his settlement, he converted, baptized and educated thousands of Indians, but has also been described as practicing a paternalistic and aggressive approach among those he converted.  (more...)

Our future teachers. More school spirit at UCSB:

Protestors before Dr J's talk "Same-Sex Marriage: Why Not?" at UCSB's Anscombe Society.

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