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The Meaning of the Left’s Attacks on an 18th Century Franciscan Friar

Activists see Fr. Junipero Serra as an emblem of Spanish colonialism and thus a potent symbol of the sins of imperialism. But the Franciscan friar’s life in the missions of what later became California was a testament to the inestimable dignity of every human being, especially the poor and vulnerable.