Catholic League: For Religious and Civil Rights MANGER SCENES VANDALIZEDThere`s also this, from Eugene, Oregon: Nativity vandalism probed as hate crime,December 24, 2007:
December 19, 2007
Today, the Catholic League erected a nativity scene in Central Park. Unfortunately, vandals have destroyed or stolen manger scenes nationwide. Here are some of the locales:
In perhaps the sickest incident, an elementary public school coach in Marietta, Georgia drove students around the area in his pickup truck instructing them to thrash Christmas displays after dark; they also created obscene displays with some of the adorning statues.
- Foreman, Arkansas
- Rogers, Arkansas
- Antioch, California
- Glastonbury, Connecticut
- Arredondo Farms, Florida (three instances)
- Bal Harbour, Florida
- Fort Walton Beach, Florida
- Panama City, Florida (more than a dozen incidences)
- Tampa, Florida
- Bainbridge, Georgia
- Schaumberg, Illinois (two instances)
- Kearney, Missouri (two instances)
- Kirkwood, Missouri
- Bozeman, Montana
- Lattimore, North Carolina
- Westbury, New York (the homeowner was assaulted)
- Elyria, Ohio
- Sylvania Township, Ohio
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Leesburg, Virginia
- Marlow, West Virginia
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Two separate Eugene families whose nativity scenes were desecrated this week when a vandal replaced the baby Jesus figure with severed pigs` heads say they were targeted because of their religious faith.
The culprits left other, more secular decorations untouched and focused only on the families` religious displays.Christians worldwide have so far failed to respond by rioting, killing innocent bystanders or each other, or burning the Oregon State Flag. Maybe Christians actually are a religion of peace?
"To me, they definitely wanted to make a religious statement," said David Stahl of Eugene, who discovered a pig head in his front yard Thursday. "This takes definite thought and too much anger."