California: Catholic school removes statues to avoid offending Muslims

Source: San Anselmo’s San Domenico School creates stir by removing Catholic statues  h/t Geller Report

Removal of a number of statues and other smaller Catholic icons from the campus of San Domenico School in San Anselmo has raised concerns among some parents.

In an email to the school’s board of directors, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and the head of school, Shannon Fitzpatrick objected to the removal of the statues and other steps the school has taken in an effort to make the school more inclusive.

“Articulating an inclusive foundation appears to mean letting go of San Domenico’s 167-year tradition as a Dominican Catholic school and being both afraid and ashamed to celebrate one’s heritage and beliefs,” wrote Fitzpatrick, whose 8-year-old son attends the school.

She added, “In our time here, the word ‘Catholic’ has been removed from the mission statement, sacraments were removed from the curriculum, the lower school curriculum was changed to world religions, the logo and colors were changed to be ‘less Catholic,’ and the uniform was changed to be less Catholic.”

Responding to follow-up questions Monday, Fitzpatrick wrote, “There are other families having the same concerns I do. Many parents feel if the school is heading in a different direction then the San Domenico community should have been notified before the signing of the enrollment for the following year.”

Cheryl Newell, who had four children graduate from San Domenico, said, “I am extremely disappointed in the school and the direction they’ve been going. This isn’t a new thing that they’ve been intentionally eroding their Catholic heritage. They’re trying to be something for everyone and they’re making no one happy,”

Kim Pipki, whose daughter left San Domenico two years ago after graduating from ninth grade, said some of the statues were also important to families who aren’t Catholic.

“The one main statue that has everyone fired up is the baby Jesus and Mary one,” Pipki said. “It was at the center of the primary school courtyard.”

Pipki said the school had a ceremony during which children would place a crown on the statue of Mary.

“It was less about God and more about passing on some traditions,” Pipki said. “People were shocked that the statues were pitched in the basement.”

Amy Skewes-Cox, who heads San Domenico School’s board of trustees, said the relocation and removal of some of the school’s 180 religious icons was “completely in compliance” with San Domenico’s new strategic plan, approved unanimously by the board of trustees and the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael last year.

Of the 660 students who attend the K-12 school, 121 are boarding students and 98 of these are international students from British Columbia, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mexico, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. The students attending San Domenico come from a variety of religious backgrounds besides Christianity: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.

Skewes-Cox said, “If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling.”

Only if you are an Islamic supremacist. Who else would go to a Catholic school and be offended by Catholic statues?

Stock said the parents of some prospective students who visited the campus expressed concern about this.

Rather than indoctrinate students in Catholic theology, San Domenico provides students with instruction in world religions and philosophy.

“It’s really about empowering each student and giving them the information so they can discover their own purpose, their own truth,” Stock said. “We believe the best way to understand your own faith is to learn about the faiths of others.”

And the icing on the cake, the Catholic school’s director of philosophy, ethics and world religions is…Muslim!

Mirza Khan, the school’s director of philosophy, ethics and world religions, said, “The Dominican teaching philosophy is not to teach there is only one truth. It is to foster conversation, to intentionally invite in participants that have different perspectives in a very open-ended process of philosophical and spiritual inquiry. That has been a long-standing part of the Dominican tradition.”

Khan, whose father and grandfather were Sufi teachers in India, received a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion at Bard College. Before becoming a teacher at San Domenico about 10 years ago, he worked as a research assistant to a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Khan said during his time in Jerusalem he got to see first-hand how devastating it can be when religions are in conflict.

19 thoughts on “California: Catholic school removes statues to avoid offending Muslims

  1. I guess that our last presidents words are true, he said something like Muslims have done a lot for this country> I did not understand I did not comprehend until recently. L.O.L. We have become a nation of foolish idiots, or perhaps morons for we will give up all for you; you do not even have to ask for we fear your ways and the court cases you may bring. Yes, we are willingly giving up what has what does belong to us all so we will not offend others coming here with new religions, and ideas; including ideas of legal systems foreign(sharia) to that which we now have (which say one is guilty until proven innocent) ( that women are property and have no rights except what the males of the household allow). An now the Catholics are bowing down giving up traditions and icons but why? I realize that school attendance has been waning, so could all this new inclusiveness be for one thing money? They are by doing so now incapable of the mission go out make disciples of all men, for to make disciples one must be willing to offend for Christ himself offended many with his way. So it seems in order to not offend they are taking the 30 pieces of silver offered and condemning their faith and religion once again how sad they are willingly giving up their ideas for cash??.Now what would Jesus himself say to them??? Daniel did not bow down to anyone, nor did Shadrach Meshach and Abednego; so what does this teach a catholic child? One learning the way of truth how to be Christian or about the truth of the church? should they seek another way? Paul said he tried to all things to all men yet the way of Christ Jesus he could not he refused to deny even when faced with death. So has the Sharia court ruled beheading for any and all who refuse to remove and bow to their one true god??????

    • The worst part of this is, The Holy Father, Pope Francis (our new Socialist/Communist Pope) would probably agree with this Muslim’s actions. He’s all so magnanimous when it comes to defending Islam, no matter how many Christian beheadings and how many Christian churches are being burned into mosques around our country and around the world. He is mouthing off about President Trump and what a racist/divider he is and presented him with the Pope’s own encyclical on precious Global Warming, which is a world-wide hoax….He is a disgrace to the Catholic Church and all it stands for. Forgiving your enemy is one thing…..choosing to defend your enemy and ignore what the enemy is doing to your own people is a travesty, a Shepherd’s betrayal to his sheep, sending then to the slaughter without apology.

      • I agree with your statement regarding the Holy Father. How can one be a good Catholic, and at the same time promote a government system that is the very antithesis of religious ideas, or even the belief in God? And what about what ever Archdiocese this church is In? Doesn’t the archbishop or cardinal have an opinion on This? SMH!

        • The holy father isn’t holy. He is advocating one world government, and the destruction of free countries — and the destruction of God and Christianity. Most of the church has been co-opted already. Those priests who know what Islam is, say nothing. A few months ago, a priest was here visiting my mom and me. I asked him what he thought about Islam. He hesitated. He said he knew a few Muslims, but they were afraid to leave Islam, and we know why. He knows. I know he knows. But he will say nothing, too, and be complicit by his silence. He’s an absolutely wonderful, beautiful man, a very bright light. But the church, from the top down, is advancing Islam, of course pedophilia, child trafficking, and pretty much every evil that we could imagine, and those we don’t.

      • Thank you I will venture that last good Pope was John Paul. I am no longer a Catholic and in good conscience I can not support any of the institutions claiming the uphold Christ and the way. All in one form or anther have given in given up and given over so to become acceptable to the liberal progressive socialist in effect bring God down and lifting man up. I can not believe how many people sit in silence as all this takes place.

  2. Boldly preach the gosphel of the Lord that even the infidel may come to know Yeshua. Pray unceasingly and leave the evidence of His glory in place.

  3. My God is tolerance what this school has done or rather intolerance? Something that purports not to offend anyone will offend everyone eventually. This school is an example of when you have lost your way and have no firm convictions or beliefs. Then you fall for anything and can believe anything. Why has the Catholic Church allowed this school to use the term Catholic?

    Why not use christen it the School of all beliefs.

    • WHY, in God’s name, is a Muslim employed in such an influential position in a Catholic School? He is there for one reason….to CONVERT these children to Islam, one way or another., This is just a microcosm of the inroads that Islam is making across our country, county by county, state by state. Slow but sure road to Sharia, and Americans’ eyes are closed to the truth because of fear of being called “Islamaohobes!” Wake up, America, these “peaceful” Muslims have their eye on the prize – making America into an Islamic state–and we are like sheep being lead to the slaughter, ignorant of what’s being done to us in the name of political correctness, which in itself is destroying the fabric of America. Shame on us.

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  5. If I were a Catholic parent, I would immediately remove my children from this school, and sue them for breach of contract. One can assume, since this is a Catholic school, one is paying tuition to have their children educated in Catholic dogmas, traditions, and a way of life. Since this school clearly abandoned what a non secular parochial education should be, they have violated the trust and inherent teachings of the Catholic church! I think it’s an abomination that these statues have been removed, and even worse that the school hired a MUSLIM to teach philosophy(or anything for that matter). There’s something very suspicious going on here!

  6. A Muslim in charge … wow. I’m sure it’s far more widespread than we know. A Muslim who, as others note, advocates an ideology that allows only Sharia and Islam.

    I think it was Churchill who said, ‘Islam is an advocate of civil rights when they are a minority. When they gain control, there is no tolerance.’

    The warnings have been there for centuries, of course. How so many are so blind, is only thanks to communist forces that have been plotting the destruction of the United States for many decades. And the destruction is happening from within, not from without. Every Muslim we allow into this country, is one more invader. Whether ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme,’ Islam is Islam. It has only one goal: world domination.

  7. There’s more than one story here. i serve on a board of directors for a non-profit and it has become abundantly clear to me that the people we serve do not take an active enough stance when it comes to participation. It’s great that these few families care about their Catholic traditions, but in order to protect them they needed along with other families to play on active role as to who was on the board and what stands they needed to take.

    I’m sure part of the problem is financial because they need to be continually recruiting students from a likely diminishing supply, but what that means is the schools become a sellout.

    It’s one thing to be angry, quite another to do something with that anger and get on the board so people can protect their interests from being eroded.

  8. They just bowed down to SATAN and his children. They may as well just convert to SATATNS Religion and turn the school into a muzzie mosque……….

  9. Who gives a rats ass ass what these clowns think. If they keep it up there will be pure hell to pay. The Muslims need to to back to the mid east from whimsy they came. Stay in American and meet Allah.

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