Precinct 333

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Liberal Teachers Ignore California Standards

Franciscan friar Junipero Serra founded the mission system that led to Spanish settlements all up and down the California coast. It also led to the conversion of many Indians to Christianity. This is something the IrReligious Left has never forgiven.

Well, they've gotten into some California classrooms, and are intent of destroying the documented historical picture of Father Serra and replacing it with a PC image that portrays him as a genocidal exploiter of the California Indians.

A priest in the Franciscan Order of the Catholic Church, Serra was the driving force behind Spain’s colonization of California, and he's well remembered in the state’s grade-school textbooks.

But some elementary school teachers and activists say Serra took advantage of Native American labor, and through his leadership, the Golden State’s adored missions had devastating effects on thousands of Indians who lost their freedom and lives building and maintaining the 21 Catholic sites.

While Serra could become California’s first saint, some teachers are providing their own perspective, forsaking the mandated textbooks and letting 8-year-olds act out scenarios that portray Serra as a trickster and even, in a few extreme cases, a purveyor of genocide.

Will the state of California act to stop the miseducation of its children, and the defaming of Father Serra and the other missionaries who brought Christianity to California?


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