Breda, Netherlands – It certainly didn’t take long for now religious depictions to see the vandalism that has been sweeping across memorials and statues throughout the world since the protests started ringing off in late-May.
In the city of Breda, a 1954 mosaic that depicts the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus was covered in spray paint, with the letters “BLM” hosted on the memorial.
The Black Madonna in Breda has been defaced and vandalised with the letters BLM.
The mosaic is dedicated to Polish soldiers of General Maczek who liberated the city in 1944 from the German Nazis.
We denounce this act of vandalism, which is offensive to Poles and Catholics.
— Visegrad 24 🇨🇿🇭🇺🇵🇱🇸🇰 (@visegrad24) June 23, 2020
Ironically, the memorial that was defaced was meant to commemorate when Polish soldiers helped liberate a Dutch city from the clutches of the Nazis during World War 2. But apparently historical relevancy isn’t that important to vandals with a can of spray paint.
Breda’s mayor, Paul Depla, noted that the vandalism of the historic representation of Our Lady of Częstochowa was “particularly sad for the Polish community, for which the monument is of great value.”
Even organizers of some of the recent protests within Breda admonished the act of vandalism shown toward the historic mosaic. Patrick van Lunteren said the following about how such acts distort the intended message of protesters:
“This hurts the Polish community and that is not the intention [of the demonstration]. People are now open to dialogue, but with these kinds of actions you lose sympathy.”
Polish-born Conservative MP and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Poland Daniel Kawczynski said that the act was not only disrespectful toward the Polish soldiers who gave their lives to liberate the city from the Nazis, but it’s an insult to persons of faith as well:
“So many Polish soldiers died liberating Holland from the evils of Nazi occupation. The Madonna being vandalized adds to the shame for anyone like me who is a Christian, this is deeply hurtful.”
Dutch leftists defaced an image of the Black Madonna — erected in 1954 to commemorate the ***liberation of their city from Nazi occupation.***https://t.co/ffKqoV7mRe
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) June 25, 2020
Frans Ruczynski, who was once a chairman of the General Maczek Museum, noted that the Polish population happen to be very religious in general, adding further insult to the desecration:
“Polish people are very religious. Every Sunday they go to church, with hundreds in Breda. Why would you want to hurt them? We don’t know if it comes from the left or right corner. But when it comes to Black Lives Matter, I don’t understand it. The Black Madonna has nothing to do with oppression at all.”
Coincidentally, the vandalism comes right around the same time a Black Lives Matter activist said that various statues and depictions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary should be torn down on Twitter – who has a following of over 1 million people.
Apparently, the Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King thinks that any statues or general depictions that showcase Jesus Christ with European features should be torn down.
This isn’t satire, he literally thinks that various depictions of Jesus Christ are a form of white supremacy.
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says statues of Jesus Christ should be torn down — but just the white ones https://t.co/QB4An92K2E
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) June 23, 2020
In a post to Twitter, Shaun King stated the following:
“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been. In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark.”
Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down.
They are a form of white supremacy.
Always have been.
In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went?
Tear them down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020
Shaun King, who once worked as a pastor, then followed up his call to forcibly remove depictions of Christ with European features with yet another clarification:
“Yes. All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.”
All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down.
They are a gross form white supremacy.
Created as tools of oppression.
They should all come down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020
For someone who was a pastor, he sure sullied the reason as to why Jesus Christ was taken to Egypt. As someone who is rather well versed in scripture, it had zero to do with trying to “blend in”.
What’s commonly known as the “Escape/Flight to Egypt” within the Gospel of Matthew, an angel actually spoke to Joseph in his dreams to forewarn that King Herod would seek to kill the baby Jesus. So, the angel advised Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt since Herod had no jurisdiction there.
Now aside from theological scripture, it seems as though Shaun King is attempting to rally up the populace of folks that have been toppling statues and monuments lately.
That is a huge issue, needless to say, as he could be inciting not only riotous behavior, but also blatantly requesting specified acts of vandalism. If we’re being intellectually honest, there’s likely not a single church that is going to desecrate any depiction of Jesus.
Which can only lead to one likely conclusion – he wants vandals to enact it.
Now, Shaun King is complaining that he’s received death threats because of his call to tear down statues of Jesus Christ:
“Received about 20 death threats in the past 12 hours since I said that statues of white European Jesus are a tool of oppression for white supremacy and should be taken down. It pretty much proves my point. Your religion is actually whiteness with a Christian patina.”
Received about 20 death threats in the past 12 hours since I said that statues of white European Jesus are a tool of oppression for white supremacy and should be taken down.
It pretty much proves my point.
Your religion is actually whiteness with a Christian patina.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 23, 2020
First of all, I’d like to say “welcome to the club” when it pertains to death threats – I get them as well for simply being conservative and Christian.
While death threats are something that this author would never condone, I would also never create a call to action regarding engaging in vandalism.
While one could speculate that he wasn’t specifically telling miscreants to do the proverbial deed – it’s painfully obvious that his followers would be of the ilk to digest it as such.
One commenter on Twitter perfectly encapsulated why people are coming after Shaun King’s demonstrably tone-deaf call online:
“Translation- ‘I just said some really stupid unnecessary stuff about attacking one of the most protected institutions in the United States and I just don’t know why I’m being attacked for it. I’m also not helping anything.’”
"I just said some really stupid unnecessary stuff about attacking one of the most protected institutions in the United States and I just don't know why I'm being attacked for it. I'm also not helping anything."
— Losar1 (@Dialoguealways) June 23, 2020
The fact of the matter is that if you recite a radical call to action, do not be surprised when you get an amalgamation of radical responses. A person cannot have their cake and it eat too, especially when the ingredients of said confection involve radicalism.
Since Shaun King was once a pastor, he should be well versed to know the scripture within Galatians Chapter 6, Verse 7:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Sounds like Shaun King managed to reap what he sowed.
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