Christmas vandalism

From The Catholic League:

Christmas Vandals Never Quit

December 19, 2012
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Christmas vandals:

Every year at Christmastime, incidents of vandalism are rampant, and while this year was not as bad as last year, there still were too many instances. The following towns and cities were hit by vandals this year:

Birmingham, AL; Madison, AL; Live Oak, CA; Longmont, CA; San Diego, CA; Torrington, CT; Frostproof, FL; South Bend, IN; Granger, IN; Quincy, MA; Menominee, MI; Mt. Pleasant, MI; Angus, MN; Warren, MN; Dover, NH; Shrewsbury, MA; New York, NY; Portland, OR; Carlisle, PA; Chambersburg, PA; Spartanburg, SC; Nederland, TX; Ulster, NY; Forest, VA; St. Albans, VT; Covington, WA; Federal Way, WA; Beloit, WI; Clintonville, WI; Moundsville, WV.

The worst incident this year occurred in Huntington, WV, where a hand-painted baby Jesus figurine was stolen and defaced with sexual obscenities, anarchy symbols, anti-religious statements, the numbers 666, and an upside-down cross; horns were drawn on the head, and offensive markings were inscribed on the face, chest and groin.

It is our hope that law enforcement distinguishes between random acts of vandalism, often committed by drunken teenagers, and what happened in Huntington, WV. That was pure malice.

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3 Responses to Christmas vandalism

  1. MKR says:

    I have complete confidence that law enforcement will distinguish between random acts of vandalism and these–by taking these less seriously.

  2. lucy says:

    Two of the towns mentioned are particularly disheartening to me. Chambersburg, PA and Carlisle, PA are on either side of my hometown of Shippensburg, PA. They are generally places of very nice people. Nothing much ever happens in those parts. It saddens me to see this happening there of all places.

  3. L. says:

    In the Huntington, West Virginia incident, the baby Jesus statue was stolen from a display at the administrative offices of the local McDonald’s franchisee, and the police detective who found it and arrested the guy to stole it, worked with his wife to clean, repaint, and return the statue.