Save Blessed Junipero Serra, the first Hispanic saint in the United States
In the Capitol Building in Washington, DC there are 100 statues of distinguished persons most representative of each state. In the National Statuary Hall there are only two Hispanics; one of them represents California: Blessed Junipero Serra, the great evangelizer from Spain who worked tirelessly with the Native Americans and who founded nine missions that the most important cities in California were built upon.
Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra this coming September 23 when he visits Washington DC, making him the first Hispanic saint in the United States. Nevertheless, California state senator Ricardo Lara has proposed that the statue of Blessed Junipero Serra in the Capitol Building be replaced with the first woman astronaut and well known gay activist, Sally Ride. Lara’s bill has been approved by the State Senate and now needs to be approved by the State House of Representatives and the governor of California.
Ricardo Lara is the first Latino politician in California who has publicly come out as homosexual and who on repeated occasions has expressed his disdain for the Catholic Church.
Lara wants to get rid of a future saint and distinguished Hispanic in the Capitol rotunda to replace him with the first lesbian astronaut. We do not deny that Sally Ride is an admirable and important person for many, but in no way did she have the role played in California by Blessed Junipero Serra in the founding of the state.
We Hispanics in the United States need your support to maintain the presence of our first saint in the Capitol Building. Join our cause wherever you may be by signing our petition.
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Do not remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra