Christian figures and symbols, including Jesus Christ himself, have become targets of hatred and vandalism as protests continue across the country.
What initially started as a campaign against Confederate figures after George Floyd’s police death in May has expanded to activists who forcibly overthrew or called for the collapse of monuments to former American presidents, saints, abolitionists, and other figures.
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Earlier this week, protesters in Washington DC tore apart the San Juan Episcopal Church, located across from the White House, where President Trump raised a Bible after it was set on fire. Protesters said it was a way to obtain restitution for slave owners who were Episcopalian, reports the Washington Examiner.
The president promised to sign an executive order before the weekend to protect public statues and federal monuments, addressing the issue on Wednesday.
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“They are looking at Jesus Christ, they are looking at George Washington, they are looking at Abraham Lincoln, they are looking at Thomas Jefferson,” Trump said during a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Rose of the White House. Garden. “It’s not going to happen.”
Far-left activist Shaun King said Monday that all images depicting Jesus as a “white European” should be shot down because they are a form of “white supremacy” and “racist propaganda.”
In a series of tweets, King said that all images, including “murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and his white friends,” should be removed.
Critics argue that cultures other than white Europeans have represented Jesus similarly to the local community. For example, Ethiopia depicts Jesus as black dating back 1,500 years ago and Asian-looking images of Jesus can be found in the Far East.
Over the weekend, protesters in California knocked down a statue of Junípero Serra, a Spanish priest whom Pope Francis recognized as a saint in 2015.
After the Serra statue was demolished in San Francisco, Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone issued a statement defending the priest and calling it “the Mafia government, a troubling phenomenon that seems to be repeated throughout the country” and the Spanish embassy also defended Serra asking that the “rich shared history must be protected, always with the utmost respect for the debates that are taking place today”.
Before King’s tweets about tearing down the statues of Jesus, the president of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp, tweeted Sunday: “The statues of Jesus are as follows. Pray for the United States will not end. “
The constitutional law attorney and chief legal adviser for the Trump 2020 campaign, Jenna Ellis, was “registered” on Monday to say in a tweet: “If you try to cancel Christianity, if you try to force me to apologize or retract my Faith, I don’t I will bend, I will not hesitate, I will not break. “
“In Christ, the solid rock I am in,” he added. “And I am proud to be an American.”
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Even if activists manage to remove the image of Christ from parts of society, former Arkansas Governor and ordained minister Mike Huckabee finally believe that this would only serve to strengthen the faith of Christians.
“You can remove the images and the art of representing Jesus, but you can never remove the true spirit of Jesus Christ from the lives of his followers. And historically, under oppression and persecution, true faith begins to show itself even more dramatically. It’s because in the middle of the dark, the light becomes more obvious, “said Huckabee.
Fox News’ Teny Sahakian, Brian Flood, Bradford Betz, John Roberts, Andrew O’Reilly and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.