The city of Chicago promptly and quietly removed an iconic Christopher Columbus statue from Grant Park on Friday morning, utilizing the cover of dark to remove it from its place at 3AM.
The Columbus statue had been targeted in a mob assault by rioters last week, with a group of leftists throwing a hail of projectiles at police officers on site to defend them statue from a plan to tear it down.
Black Lives Matter rioters are stoning Chicago police who are defending a Christopher Columbus statue. pic.twitter.com/XCtMIDQI8z
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) July 18, 2020
Representatives of the local Italian American community blasted the mayor for caving to the demands of the rioters, pointing out that the piece of history is being erased totally arbitrarily and without democratic oversight.
“The Italian American community feels betrayed,” said Pasquale Gianni of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. “The Mayor’s Office is giving into a vocal and destructive minority. This is not how the Democratic process is supposed to work.” The historic statue was created in 1933 by Italian sculptor Carlo Brioschi. It’s reportedly being placed into city storage under the guise of public safety.
In a historical twist, the city of Chicago rose to global prominence through its celebration of the 1893 World Fair, which the city titled the “World Columbian Exposition” in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas.
The aesthetics of the 1893 fair, or the "World Columbian Exposition," were really something else. Yes… This is Chicago. pic.twitter.com/4f26DcM3xj
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) July 1, 2020
Another small element of American heritage, history, and legacy has been erased at the hands of a raving, violent mob who lack the capacity and consideration to create great works of their own.
California’s Santa Clara County, Reportedly the Last Place in America to Prohibit Indoor Worship, Finally Lifts Ban Following Supreme Court Order
Santa Clara County is home to Silicon Valley.
The Supreme Court issued an order on Friday that required California’s Santa Clara County to lift its prohibition on indoor religious services.
Santa Clara County is home to Silicon Valley and the city of San Jose. It may have been the last place in the United States to maintain its indoor worship ban prior to the Supreme Court order, which came almost a full year after the in-earnest beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in America.
Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose said in a Friday night statement that “I join all Catholics and people of faith in Santa Clara County in expressing our satisfaction in tonight’s U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting Santa Clara County’s ban on indoor worship services. Santa Clara was the only county in the country to continue such a ban. Banning indoor worship and yet allowing people to gather at airports, personal services establishments, and retail shopping is unconstitutional—and the Supreme Court has said so several times.”
Religious services in Santa Clara County, however, cannot take place at more than 20 percent capacity and without strict mask, social distancing, and sanitization protocols.
After hearing the South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom case, SCOTUS ruled on February 5 in favor of the former and effectively mandated that the state of California lift its ban on indoor religious services. Santa Clara County tried to maintain that the ruling didn’t apply to them because their county directives did not specifically target religious worship, but the court is evidently not buying that explanation given Friday’s order.
The decision back in 2020 to deem religious services “non-essential” was disastrous and evil from the beginning. Glad the Supreme Court has been doing its part to rectify that injustice.
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