The day after taking center stage in an incident where he seems to have accosted an unoffending Catholic high school student by banging his tom-tom inches from the kid’s face, tribal elder, dental hygiene role model, Vietnam times veteran, USMC refrigerator mechanic (known as Reefer Rangers), and former USMC private Nathan Phillips was trying to make more headlines.
After the blow up involving Phillips as some March for Life participants were waiting for a bus, there was a demonstration by the International Indigenous Youth Council at the National Basilia of the Immaculate Conception demanding “justice for Uncle Nathan.” You can watch that particular scene from the Star Wars cantina here. The Basilica is a gorgeous church and the home of Angry Jesus;
From the Catholic News Agency:
While chanting and playing ceremonial drums, a group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips attempted Jan. 19 to enter Washington, D.C.’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass.
The group of 20 demonstrators was stopped by shrine security as it tried to enter the church during its 5:15 pm Vigil Mass, according to a shrine security guard on duty during the Mass.
“It was really upsetting,” the guard told CNA.
“There were about twenty people trying to get in, we had to lock the doors and everything.”
The guard said the incident was a disappointment during a busy and joyful weekend for the shrine.
“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.”
The guard told CNA the situation was “tense.”
“I’m just really grateful that nothing too bad happened, they were really angry.”
A source close to the shrine’s leadership corroborated the security guard’s account, telling CNA that during the Mass, Phillips and the group tried to enter the church while playing drums and chanting, and were prohibited from entering the building by security personnel, who locked the main basilica doors with the congregation still inside.
Anyone who thinks Phillips was not acting as a deliberate provocateur in his interaction with those kids in simply nuts. This is what he does and who he is
In the comments, one long time community member for whom I have high regard wondered if it is necessary pile onto this geezer. Yes. It is. If we don’t do everything we can to link him to this behavior and establish an internet record of his behavior, he will lay low, wait for the heat to move on, and he, with the aid of his willing accomplices in the media, will reappear again in his “tribal elder” persona.