I’ve ridden past this parish almost every day without stopping to take a picture. It’s Our Lady of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, on Old Barrancas Road in Warrington. Catering to the local Vietnamese community, it looks as if it could have been extracted whole from Saigon in 1972.
Today — June 10th — is the 49th anniversary of the self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức. His shocking suicide in a busy Saigon intersection was designed to draw attention to the Roman Catholic-backed regime’s suppression of Buddhist religious practice. Every faith has its martyrs.