Too Alienating: Catholic School Removes Statues Of The Virgin Mary And Jesus

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Aug 26, 2017 8:00 PM
Too Alienating: Catholic School Removes Statues Of The Virgin Mary And Jesus

So, statue hysteria is far from over. I mentioned how this has progressed in some areas of the country. Of course, the Confederates are in the crosshairs. Then, the Founding Fathers were said to be at risk of being put on the chopping block. Now, Catholic saints are on the target list. It doesn’t stop there.  A Catholic school in California has removed statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ because it could be alienating and they so they can be more inclusive (via Fox News):

A California Catholic school is facing a backlash from parents after officials took down some religious statues -- including one of Mary and baby Jesus -- over concerns that they were “alienating” prospective students.

The head of the San Domenico School in San Anselmo said parents of some prospective students who visited the campus – which was founded in 1850 and serves 671 students grades K-12 -- expressed concern about the religious figures, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

“If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling,” Amy Skewes-Cox, who chairs the school's board of trustees.

Cecily Stock, who is head of the school, said most students are not Catholic.

Yeah, that’s not the point: you removed statues of the Mary and baby Jesus. That’s not a Catholic thing; that’s a universal symbol of Christianity. This is just insane, and even non-Catholics are making that point (via Marin Independent Journal):

Kim Pipki, whose daughter left San Domenico two years ago after graduating from ninth grade, said some of the statues were also important to families who aren’t Catholic.

“The one main statue that has everyone fired up is the baby Jesus and Mary one,” Pipki said. “It was at the center of the primary school courtyard.”

Pipki said the school had a ceremony during which children would place a crown on the statue of Mary.

“It was less about God and more about passing on some traditions,” Pipki said. “People were shocked that the statues were pitched in the basement.”

What are we doing here, people?

(H/T Alex Griswold)