Posts Tagged ‘friar’

If Frisco Wants to Get Rid of a Bunch of Statues Nationwide, What About This PIONEER MONUMENT in Civic Center – Meeting Today

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Here it is, at its newish perch on Fulton. Note its placement right next to City Hall, the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere.*

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Laying down a Jesus Trip in 1894:

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And here’s the plaque installed in 1995 what was supposed to Fix Everything. Note how it ends on an optimistic note:

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IDK, man. I don’t care what you do with this giant monument, just get it out of here, fine with me.

Here’s a recap of the controversy from the Gray Lady, from two decades back.

Nothing’s changed here lately, of course.

And it was a heavy lift to move this monster a few dozen yards, so it won’t be cheap finishing the job, I’m afraid.

All the deets:

TODAY Bring down the “Pioneer” Statue in Downtown SF! NOW!

Who is done with these white supremacist colonization states?

Who is tired of seeing Natives depicted as savage, less than, not here anymore or unworthy of being human?

Who wants t get rid of this white supremist statue right here in SF?

Then join us during public comment to demand this “pioneer” statue be taken down during the Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee Meeting on Monday August 21st 2pm. 401 Van Ness #125

Whose coming with us?

(Note: I do not know when the meeting ends, so please arrive on time to not miss your opportunity to give public comment, if you dont want to speak thats fine the more bodies in the room the better)

Organization:
Urban Crunchy Mamas of Color
Date of Event:
Monday, 21 August, 2017
Time of Event:
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Address:
401 Van Ness Avenue #125 San Francisco, CA
City:
San Francisco”

*What’s that, you can think of one higher than our City Hall? Well, maybe, but it aint:

1. Higher (Our U.S. Capitol Building is a tad shorter); and/or
2. Classical (San Jose City Hall has a dome, but it aint classical, the same with the Astrodome etc.); and/or
3. In the Western Hemisphere (Europe has us beat by a mile, I’ll give you that)

Father Junipero Serra Revealed in Golden Gate Park – Take a Look at the CalAcademy’s Neighbor

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen this old statue in the Music Concourse area like this:

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Before, there was a lot of shrubbery around the thing, to hide it, I thought. But now, most of that shielding is all gone.

Oh, here’s what I had to say back in aught-ten. Hey, do you suppose that the recent pruning could open up SFGov for a constitutional challenge?

Mmmm. I’ll tell you, in the past, judges have concerned themselves with how prominent religious symbols can be. Like with the nearby Prayerbook Cross and the Mount Davidson Cross.

Anyway, I’ll look into this. I’m just saying that this cross has become A LOT more prominent…

The Least Politically Correct Sculpture in San Francisco Has Got To Be This One, On Display at Civic Center

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

It’s called Early Times, or something.

A friar lays his Jesus trip down on a native Californian, back in the day:

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Oh well…

Small Section of Golden Gate Park Reserved Solely for Cross-Bearing, Proselytizing, Apostolic Franciscan Friar

Friday, September 24th, 2010

So there I was in Golden Gate Park tracking a giant blue bird and then when I looked up, I saw a hippy on a Jesus trip coming straight towards me larger than life.

Like this. See the robe, the beads, the sandals, the cross with the letters JHS* or IHS? This statue is a like a giant Catholic billboard on public land.

Check it, a huge bronze by Douglas Tilden made in 1906 and dedicated in 1907:

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So, here’s the Baby Name Wizard’s take on Junipero:

“Father Junipero Serra: Spanish Franciscan Friar. He is very well-known as a misogynistic abuser of native slaves and women, but remains an important historical figure in Central California.”

O.K. then. (Wow, a little harsh, huh?)

But what do you think Father Junípero Serra is trying to communicate here?

And what do you think the City and County of San Francisco is trying to promote by allowing public land for this kind of use?

Now, for some Christians, this statue, and the Prayerbook Cross just down the way, are not enough. These people go into the Music Concourse, see Father Serra and then get bummed:

I was just there today, and as a Christian, I was very dismayed by the fact that it seems the park administration has allowed the landscaping to STRATEGICALLY block out the base of the sculpture that has the inscribed descriptions of Junipero Serra. It’s religiously discriminatory and outright insulting, and apparently it’s condoned by the city. But then Jesus said his followers would be hated. At least we were warned.”

I’ll agree that the shrubbery appears to have been placed around this statue to obsure it somewhat. This kind of cover could be, as they say, constitutionally significant – it could affect a judge’s or a jury’s opinion on whether it’s kosher for San Francisco to reserve its land for this kind of message.

Father J was much more prominent back in the day. See?

I’ll tell you, our neighbors to the south in Los Angeles had similar issue with a cross that was a part of its history – here’s the story of how they handled it

How will San Francisco handle the case the Father Serra proselytizing in the GGP? 

Now, shouldn’t Golden Gate Park be a proselytizing-free zone reserved as a place for giant blue birds to eat rodents…

…and recycle aluminum cans?

You Make The Call.

*Now, about that inscription on the crossbar. It’s just a Christogram that spells out the first three letters of the name Jesus. So, it goes J-E-S, or IotaEtaSigma. There’s no need to make up a backronym like Iesus Hominum Salvator or nothing.