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The Kinder and Gentler St. James

From a reader:

Peter,

Funny you should mention that the pilgrimage [Jenna Bush’s pilgrimmage, now taking place in Spain] might be viewed as “insensitive.” The Church officials in Santiago de Compostela have already begun removing from the cathedral the history of St James as the Moor-slayer….Here’s the BBC’s account [previously linked to in The Corner]:

“A statue in a Spanish cathedral showing St James slicing the heads off Moorish invaders is to be removed to avoid causing offence to Muslims.

“Cathedral authorities in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, on Spain’s north west coast, plan to move the statue to the museum.

“Among the reasons for the move is to avoid upsetting the ’sensitivities of other ethnic groups.’

“The statue of St James “the Moor-slayer” is expected to be replaced by one depicting the calmer image of St James “the Pilgrim”, by the same 18th century artist, Jose Gambino.”

So, if anyone criticizes her, all Jenna has to do is emphasize “St. James’s kinder side.”

Keep up the great work.

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