The Federation Council member Alexei Pushkov commented on the desecration and demolition of monuments to historical figures in the United States, reporting the death of “the American myth”. His opinion of the Senator shared in Twitter account.
“the So-called "protesters", but in fact the rioters, pulled down monuments to Columbus, Washington, the author of the US national anthem. And they are not ideals, and the destruction, looting, fires and violence,” wrote Pushkov. According to him, now nobody wants to put the US as an example to other countries. “The myth of the "city on a hill" is dead,” concluded the member of the Federation Council.
Previously, the demolition of monuments to slave-owners in some countries commented the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion. He noted that figures of the past cannot be judged by the standards of the present. We need to respect their merits, based on the principles of time in which they lived.
“City on the hill” is the biblical metaphor used in relation to the exceptional role of the United States. It comes from the Book of the prophet Isaiah, who predicted the existence of such a city, where people would come for knowledge and guidance. John Winthrop, the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony, interpreted the phrase as a claim for the construction of a new society in the United States, which will subsequently be equal to all other peoples.