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Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue Attacked, Destroyed in Vandalism of Texas Catholic Cathedral

An attack on Christ.

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A vandal attacked and destroyed a pewter statue of Jesus Christ in an El Paso, Texas Catholic Cathedral on Tuesday, permanently destroying an image of Christ that Catholic officials have described as ninety years old.

The attack took place at 10AM on Tuesday, when El Paso’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral was open for public prayer. Images of the attack’s aftermath show that the statue is shattered.

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As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” said Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen.

The Bishop would confirm that faithful of his diocese would pray for the one responsible for the anti-Catholic hate crime.

I hope this might be the impetus for him to receive the help he needs. He will be in my prayers… In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us.

A suspect was quickly detained in the aftermath of the crime, and the El Paso Police Department is actively investigating. However, no charges against the thus-unnamed perpetrator of the crime have been filed as of Wednesday night.

The left is acutely aware of the power of imagery and symbolism, and it seems there’s an appetite among at least a few vandals to attack holy images of Jesus Christ Himself. This is one of several attacks on Catholic statues and images in recent months, conspicuously coinciding with a wave of left-wing political crime and vandalism across the country.

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Defund the Police Messaging Likely Hurt Democrats with Certain Minority Groups in 2020

Woke politics could cause fissures in the Democrats’ coalition.

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Did Democrats’ “Defund the police” message alienate a number of minority groups? 

David Shor, a data scientist with a specialization in political poll analysis and a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress Action Fund, was interviewed by Eric Lievitz of New York Magazine’s Intelligencer about some of the minority gains Trump made during the 2020 elections. 

Shor is currently the head of data science at  OpenLabs, a progressive nonprofit, and is known for his unconventional takes on minority outreach. In his interview with Lievitz, Shor made some interesting assertions. The 2020 elections were notable in that Republicans did make gains with non-whites. Shor observed that “Our [Democrats] support among African Americans declined by something like one to 2 percent. And then Hispanic support dropped by 8 to 9 percent.”

Hispanics were talked about a lot, due to Trump’s strong performance in areas such as South Texas and Miami-Dade. Indeed, these Hispanic groups are quite different in socio-economic and cultural terms, demonstrating a broader national trend of Republicans gaining with Hispanics.

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Shor observed this:

One important thing to know about the decline in Hispanic support for Democrats is that it was pretty broad. This isn’t just about Cubans in South Florida. It happened in New York and California and Arizona and Texas.

Broadly speaking, Shor claims that “What happened in 2020 is that nonwhite conservatives voted for Republicans at higher rates; they started voting more like white conservatives.”

Many will wonder why non-whites began shifting their support towards Republicans in 2020. Shor had his take on this development:

And we looked specifically at those voters who switched from supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016 to Donald Trump in 2020 to see whether anything distinguishes this subgroup in terms of their policy opinions.

What we found is that Clinton voters with conservative views on crime, policing, and public safety were far more likely to switch to Trump than voters with less conservative views on those issues. And having conservative views on those issues was more predictive of switching from Clinton to Trump than having conservative views on any other issue-set was.

One of the principal reasons why Hispanics likely flipped to the Republicans was the ‘defund the police” talking point that became prominent during the 2020 during the Black Lives matter unrest. Shor highlighted that “In the summer, following the emergence of “defund the police” as a nationally salient issue, support for Biden among Hispanic voters declined.

A substantial number of non-whites in the U.S. don’t really buy into social leftist causes and only really vote for Democrats largely for economic reasons. Shor believes that non-whites “often have a very different conception of how to help the Black or Hispanic community than liberals do” and don’t really care for critical race theory.  

Shor’s observations drew considerable attention from people across the political spectrum. For example, populist journalist Ryan Girdusky felt validated by these findings. He has historically rejected the Republican Party’s failed minority outreach approaches and instead emphasizes nationalist policies such as immigration restriction, family formation, and law and order. 

On Twitter, Girdusky reminded his followers of his long history of advocating for nationalism and why non-white voters drifted to the Republican Party in 2020 due to social unrest moreso than cringeworthy Republican pandering, 

Additionally, Girdusky argued that Trump’s tepid response to the BLM riots, which was largely shaped by the flawed advice of Kushner and his retinue, likely cost him votes.

Even left-liberals such as pollster Nate Silver recognized that Democrats’ “Defund the police” messaging hurt them with minority groups who generally vote for Democrats by comfortable margins. 

Republican leadership should take note. Campaign messages based on law and order, not pandering or talking about boring subjects such as free markets or the Constitution, will bring non-whites to the Republican fold. 

America Firsters should hammer this point away from here on out.

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