A Christian college in south Eugene, Oregon in the United States; New Hope Christian College is standing against radical activists who want to remove the face or tear down a cross that has stood on the campus for a long time.
Antifa’s Members claim the cross is a racist symbol and they want it removed from the private campus of New Hope Christian College.
The college wrote on its Facebook page that the cross expresses hope and the unconditional love from God.
Emails and Facebook alerts to local “Patriots” groups claimed Antifa was planning to come to the college to tear down the cross, leading to the security response. The road leading up to the campus was blocked and several men, some with weapons, stood guard at the entrance.
“The history of the cross and how it came to reside on our campus has been well documented over the years, and there is no evidence to suggest our cross has direct roots to racism other than it once resided on Skinner Butte, the same location where racist events were held in the 1920s. People referring to our cross as the ‘KKK’ cross is false.”
The school says the cross was not around at that time and didn’t even exist until many decades later. “From 1934-1964, wooden crosses were displayed on Skinner Butte; these crosses were not associated with the racist activities of the 1920s but simply powerful symbols of hope set high above the City of Eugene.”
Christian community members in Oregon arrived at the college last Friday to pray for God’s protection over the cross and against the evil deeds of their enemy saying nothing is possible without prayer.
The president of the college, Wayne Cordeiro said, the cross is on private property and to destroy it would be a hate crime under Oregon law
An attack on the cross, or even a protest against it, never came.
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