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Covington Bishop Roger Foys: "This is not fair. It is not just."

Photo: Breitbart

Diocese of Covington, Kentucky Bishop Roger Foys has apologized for prematurely condemning high school students' interaction with American Indian Nathan Phillips last Friday.

“We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it.”

“I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family as well as to all CovCath families who have felt abandoned during this ordeal. Nicholas unfortunately has become the face of these allegations based on video clips.

“This is not fair. It is not just.”


Sandmann and his classmates were waiting for their bus to return to Kentucky after the 46th Annual March for Life when a group called the Black Hebrew Israelites began yelling racial slurs and telling them to, "go back to Europe". At the same time, Native American Nathan Phillips began beating a drum and "singing" as he walked through the crowd, singling out Sandmann apparently because he was wearing a "MAGA" hat. What followed appears as a sort of "staring" standoff, as seen on multiple videos that have gone viral.

Sandmann has said in a televised interview that the group was trying to figure out what was going on and wanted to remain positive. He said he stood smiling, wanting to hear what "Mr. Phillips" wanted to say to him.

The internet exploded with accusations of Sandmann being a racist, bigot toward an American Indian. Sandmann and his entire family have been doxxed (their identities and personal information revealed on the internet) and have received multiple death threats. The high school the students attend has received bomb threats. The diocesan offices had to be evacuated after receiving suspicious packages.

Holy Cannoli
“We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it.”

The above statement is horse manure. Bishop Boys Foys got the call and it wasn’t from God. He was told by lawyers for the diocese that he’d be selling off church real estate to pay the damages if he was named in a defamation suit.
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CatMuse
The full statement is still somewhat lacking.
Jungerheld
As my kids the same age as these students are fond of saying, "you're not wrong". (I agree with you.)

Some are also saying Bishop Foys only backed off because of a 48 hour waiting period given by attorneys suing every person who slandered them. From this standpoint, I am very happy for the way the parents are protecting their children, particularly the parents of Sandmann. Some celebrity jerks … More
Prayhard
Long after it happened, and Foys used further calumny against them when the lies had been exposed.
Jungerheld
...so you do not see his words as an admission, a public acknowledgement, that he acted improperly?
Prayhard
I have to be a bit wary of the apology which, came long, long after evidence cane out, effectively throwing them the wolves. Probably written by a lawyer who sees the prospect of more than the usual abuse allegations and lawsuits.