Junipero Serra Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

In Defense of Saints and Statues

The mob-led campaign to erase Father Junipero Serra illustrates the problem with the crusade against public monuments.

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.