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Religious symbols are under assault, too | READER COMMENTARY

Activists topple the statue of Father Junipero Serra at Father Serra Park in El Pueblo de Los Angeles on June 20, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles. Junipero Serra (1713-1784) is a Roman Catholic Spanish priest who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions, from San Diego to San Francisco, in what was then Spain's Alta California. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times).
Activists topple the statue of Father Junipero Serra at Father Serra Park in El Pueblo de Los Angeles on June 20, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles. Junipero Serra (1713-1784) is a Roman Catholic Spanish priest who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions, from San Diego to San Francisco, in what was then Spain's Alta California. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times). (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Along with David Zurawik, I feel great sadness at the assault on the Capitol of our nation (“Watching sacred symbols under siege,” Jan. 20).

At the same time, I can’t help but wonder if he is as equally concerned about the siege of sacred symbols of our religious faith — for example, the St. Junipero Serra that was defaced and toppled in San Rafael, California last October.

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We Christians and Catholics are equally affected and offended by this trend.

Patricia Phebus, Baltimore

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