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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005 file photo, a large American flag hangs at the Loyola University campus in New Orleans behind a life-size statue of Jesus Christ. In America, white Jesus images started to become widespread in the early 1800s, according to Edward Blum, co-author of "The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America," coinciding with a dramatic rise in the number of slaves, a push to move Native Americans further west, and a growing manufacturing capability. Today, a white Jesus image is ingrained in American culture. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

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