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Sainthood and Serra: It's an insult to Native Americans
Sainthood and Serra: It's an insult to Native Americans

Pope Francis' decision to declare Father Junipero Serra a saint in recognition of his work as “the evangelizer of the West in the United States” represents a profound insult to Native Americans and an injustice to history. According to California's official history, Serra is one of the state's founding fathers, recognized for his role in Christianizing native peoples and teaching them “how to farm, make new things, and work hard,” as a 21st century textbook for children puts it. Along with Ronald Reagan, Serra represents California in Statuary Hall in the Capitol in Washington. This grandiose image of Serra's humanity denies historical evidence...

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