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The Native American man who said he was left ‘shaken and overwhelmed’ by Kentucky Catholic high school students on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial turned out again the next day to lead 60 protesters up the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, allegedly to disrupt a mass.
Nathan Phillips, 64, joined dozens of supporters in Washington DC on Saturday night outside the shrine while hundreds were inside worshiping.
The article goes on to state the following:
According to security guards who work for the Basilica and spoke anonymously to the Catholic News Agency, the group tried to enter the building while the 5.15pm mass was going on and had to be stopped.
‘It was really upsetting. There were about twenty people trying to get in, we had to lock the doors and everything.
‘We had hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the country come here to celebrate life, to celebrate each other together. That a protest tried to come inside during Mass was really the worst.
Standing here today with Nathan Phillips. Most of you know he was greatly disrespected by students from #convingtoncatholic This man is a Native American Elderly Veteran who fought on these lands. This is absolutely disgusting and unexceptionable. #defendtheroots #iwontbackdown pic.twitter.com/7BG2sixf4t
— Anna Nunez (@AnnaMaria_611) January 20, 2019
— Opal Boyer (@oboyer86) January 20, 2019
Michelle Brass, a woman from Saskatchewan, posted on Facebook that she was one of about 60 people who gathered outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C., as they held a protest rally in support of Phillips, and against the Catholic Church.
Supporters of Phillips denounced the Catholic Church, claiming the students “surrounded, harassed and mistreated” Phillips. They called for “accountability from the Catholic Church,” and slammed the values they’re teaching the students. A speaker said it represents the “colonial violence the Catholic Church represents every day.”
“Demands” put forth by the International Indigenous Youth Council to the Catholic Church were read, including the demand that “the students of Covington High School be reprimanded, not only by school officials, but as seniors, by their upcoming universities.”
The group also denounced the Catholic Church for “500 years of genocide” that their people have endured, and demanded their land be returned.
At the Basilica of the National Shrine, demanding the Catholic Church hold themselves accountable for their youth disrespecting Native Elder Nathan Phillips at the Indigenous Peoples March! #DefendtheRoots pic.twitter.com/mGwBnmPwIX
— Natives for Democracy (@N8V4Dem) January 19, 2019
— Darcy Spencer (@darcyspencer) January 20, 2019
BREAKING: One day after the altercation at the Lincoln memorial, Nathan Phillips and 20 other activists attempted to disrupt Mass at DC’s National Shrine with chants and drums. https://t.co/AIp7wylJRM
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) January 22, 2019
Nathan Phillips reportedly led a group of drum-playing Native American activists in attempting to disrupt a Saturday evening Mass at D.C.’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception https://t.co/HVb9s70bPj
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) January 22, 2019
A Native American supporting Phillips tweeted, “That elder stared right back in the eyes of a colonizer. The boy was filled with so much mockery and hatred. But our elder, all he had was good medicine and healing in his heart. Even though it infuriates me, I’m so happy I come from a people with immeasurable strength.”
That elder stared right back in the eyes of a colonizer. The boy was filled with so much mockery and hatred. But our elder, all he had was good medicine and healing in his heart. Even though it infuriates me, I’m so happy I come from a people with immeasurable strength.
— Jourdan Bennett-Begaye (@jourdanbb) January 19, 2019
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 23, 2019
WASHINGTON DC, Jan 19th, chanting & playing drums, Native American rights activists led by Nathan Phillips attack Basilica of National Shrine of Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass. pic.twitter.com/zGs5ZTHdJp
— Tom Thomas (@TCSCushing) January 23, 2019
— ⚖️ The Justice Team ⚖️ (@robyns323) January 23, 2019
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