The fellow who did this apparently made some remarks about God, as he was doing his arson thing.
No one was hurt, but the manger and such were a total loss. This is the second such incident this year; the last guy set himself on fire.
Associated Press— Police: Man Sets Fire to Nativity Scene
A man walked into a church, doused a nativity scene with a flammable liquid and set it ablaze in front of a practicing choir, police said. The Associated Press Monday, Jan. 8, 2007 Posted: 9:50:AM PST RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A man walked into a church, doused a nativity scene with a flammable liquid and set it ablaze in front of a practicing choir, police said.
Robert Mills, 40, of San Pablo, was arrested Friday night while hiding in a park minutes after police said he walked into St. Cornelius Parish and announced he was going to set the church on fire.
Mills told everyone to leave but blocked the doorway until he began showering the sanctuary with the liquid, giving choir members a chance to escape, said Richmond Police Lt. Enos Johnson.
The fire destroyed the nativity scene, a lectern and carpeting, and caused extensive smoke damage. No one was injured.
They're thinking it might be a hate crime.