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What is Behind the Rash of Religious Vandalism?
Catholic Online ^ | 5/27/2010 | Sonja Corbitt

Posted on 05/26/2010 9:03:23 PM PDT by GonzoII

Acts of religious violence serve as grim reminders that what is sacred to some is simply seen by others as an invitation to desecrate, and that in circumstances where the hatred is so obvious, there is nothing more powerful than prayer.

NASHVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Maywood, CA is cleaning up after extensive vandalism to its school kitchen and auditorium over the weekend. Security cameras caught two men breaking in through the kitchen, where most of the damage was perpetrated, and taped them ravaging the facility for almost an hour and a half.

A cross was burned and jammed, inverted, into a damaged stove. A knife was plunged into the face of a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Feces were left on the auditorium floor. The satanic number "666" was scrawled in various places throughout the facility. Condiments and food staples covered every surface. Butter was flung on the heavy, velvet auditorium curtains, staining them irreparably.

Because the damage was particularly pernicious, the police, who are in possession of the video, are characterizing the vandalism as a hate crime. "I can feel the sadness of spirit," said Fr. David Velasquez, the pastor of St. Rose of Lima, when speaking of those who came to help clean up the mess in an interview with KCAL 9 TV.

(Excerpt) Read more at catholic.org ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: anticatholicism; catholic

1 posted on 05/26/2010 9:03:23 PM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII
Related: "I am just totally confused. Destroying an idolatrous painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe is a crime? Heck, the government should call that performance art and give NEA grants for folks that want to violate Catholic paganism!!"
2 posted on 05/26/2010 9:10:49 PM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

These fools suffer from a lot of misplaced guilt that if not redirected and rerouted towards Christ will lead to a situation that most certainly not end well for them.


3 posted on 05/26/2010 9:22:37 PM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: GonzoII

There is a growing intolerance of religious institutions in the US. Some people are attacking the churches through vandalism and others through the courts.


4 posted on 05/26/2010 9:29:49 PM PDT by Will88
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To: GonzoII

Liberals hate any expression of faith.

No. I take that back, liberals hate Christians and Jews. Other faiths are tolerated/i.e. not deemed to be a threat.

Ann Coulter was right. Liberalism is the worship of government, and they tolerate no other competition.


5 posted on 05/26/2010 9:36:59 PM PDT by Cyclops08
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To: Will88
Is it definitely from those who are not religious? The reason I ask is that my close friend is from a small town in Colorado and their Catholic church was vandalized by people of a different religious background who believe that the Catholic church is basically Satanic. They found out because these young men posted pics on MySpace. Right after I found out about this situation, our Catholic church was vandalized and it had me wondering.
6 posted on 05/26/2010 9:39:29 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: GonzoII
In Ft. Wayne In. a couple of weeks ago a church was vandalized and left a message from a group called Bash Back. From their site.

Bash Back! formed in 2007 with a small group of Radical Transfolk, Queers and Allies organizing against the Republican National Convention. In April of 2008 over 100 radical Trans/Queer/Allied folk met in Chicago to formulate plans against the RNC/DNC and to start a long lasting network. This network has grown to 17 cities in three countries. Anyone who agrees with the Points of Unity can start a Bash Back! Chapter.

7 posted on 05/26/2010 9:39:33 PM PDT by muddler (Obama is either incompetent or malicious, and it makes little difference which.)
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To: conservative cat

It’s probably not any one reason, but I’d bet that the anti-religious are most often the perpetrators. I don’t think there are very many who follow any strain of Christianity who believe there is reason to actually attack other Christian churches.


8 posted on 05/26/2010 9:44:49 PM PDT by Will88
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To: GonzoII

Wow! From a “mainstream Christian church” to boot. That’s disturbing, something I’d expect from islamists or lefties.


10 posted on 05/26/2010 9:50:38 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: Cyclops08; Dr. Eckleburg; Quix; HarleyD; TSgt; metmom; Alex Murphy
No. I take that back, liberals hate Christians and Jews.

What?

Let us reason together....

Why would libs hate Roman Catholics when:

- Supports illegal immigration
- Maintains a facade of being pro-life but most pro-aborion congressmen are RCs.
- 54% of Catholics voted for Obama
- The Catholic church is quite universal in accepting other faiths as valid.

11 posted on 05/26/2010 9:52:39 PM PDT by Gamecock (If you want Your Best Life Now, follow Osteen. If you want your best life forever, don't. JM)
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To: GonzoII

What’s his/her/its name on FR?


12 posted on 05/26/2010 9:55:07 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: GonzoII

Satan.


13 posted on 05/26/2010 9:57:07 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: Gamecock

Some liberals can’t stomach anything having anything to do with God.


14 posted on 05/26/2010 9:58:34 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: GonzoII
Probably has something to do with the devil sending the beast with wrath because he knows his time is short.

Maybe.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

15 posted on 05/26/2010 9:58:48 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: The Comedian

INDEED.

You have 2 emails.


16 posted on 05/26/2010 10:41:51 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: conservative cat

I know personally of a Catholic Church in my area that suffered vandalism from the small non-denominational(?) church that took up residence in a site across from the Catholic Church and has been harassing the Catholics ever since.

I haven’t learned yet if there has been any civil action to prevent the vandalism and harassment. I know that the parishioners of the church are very concerned.


17 posted on 05/26/2010 10:45:06 PM PDT by Running On Empty ((The three sorriest words: "It's too late"))
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To: GonzoII; Eagles6; ArrogantBustard
You do realize that "Landover Baptist Church" is a parody, right?

From the site's "Terms of Service" (bottom of page):

Note: Mouse Over Below for Spoiler Alert:

The Landover Baptist Church is a complete work of fiction. It is a satire/parody. 

End Spoiler Alert 


18 posted on 05/27/2010 1:26:02 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Gamecock

Libs hate devout Catholics. We are the reason why there is a pro-life movement in this country, for instance.


19 posted on 05/27/2010 4:01:29 AM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: vladimir998

True. Anti-gay as well.
And Catholics are easily the most visible of Christians. Because of that visibility, they will suffer persecution first.


20 posted on 05/27/2010 4:07:32 AM PDT by Cyclops08
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To: CaspersGh0sts

They could be angry at both Christ and God. Plus sadly, an increase in anti-Catholic sentement fueled by the old msm.


21 posted on 05/27/2010 4:40:21 AM PDT by Biggirl (I Have A New Rainbow Bridge Baby, Negritia! =^..^=)
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To: GonzoII

Just read the grafitti ... it’s “Satin”!


22 posted on 05/27/2010 5:55:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Man. That is some weapons-grade stupid right there." ~ RichInOC)
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To: markomalley

Apparently not, ads on the terms of service page would have been a give away.


23 posted on 05/27/2010 6:16:17 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: markomalley

I wonder if that site might be a target for a lawsuit by the real Baptists.


24 posted on 05/27/2010 7:22:30 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: The Comedian
Probably has something to do with the devil sending the beast with wrath because he knows his time is short. Maybe.
Correct! Satan hates the Catholic Church!
25 posted on 05/27/2010 7:27:47 AM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: WVNan
I wonder if that site might be a target for a lawsuit by the real Baptists.

Trouble is that nobody owns the word "Baptist" and this guy has a legal registered trademark on the term "Landover Baptist Church:"

Word Mark LANDOVER BAPTIST CHURCH
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Downloadable MP3 files, MP3 recordings, online discussion boards, web casts, pod casts featuring music, audio books and news broadcasts; Downloadable multimedia file containing artwork, text, audio, video, games, and Internet Web links relating to a fictional Baptist Church; Electronic publications, namely, electronic magazines and newsletters featuring characters from a fictional Baptist Church recorded on computer media; Motion picture films about a fictional Baptist Church. FIRST USE: 19980101. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19980101

IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: A series of books, written articles, handouts and worksheets in the field of satire about a fictional Baptist Church; Albums for stickers; Anniversary books; Appointment books; Autograph books; Baby books; Birthday books; Blank journal books; Book covers; Bumper stickers; Children's books; Coloring books; Comic books; Cook books; Copy books; Coupon books; Date books; Decorative stickers for helmets; Educational books featuring a fictional Baptist Church; Flip books; Guide books featuring a fictional Baptist Church; Index books; Leather appointment book covers; Ledger books; Manuscript books; Note books; Picture books; Prayer books; Protective covers for books; Recipe books; Religious books; Role playing game equipment in the nature of game book manuals; Scholarly books on various topics, namely, Religious Satire and Religious Parody; Series of fiction books; Series of non-fiction books in the field of satire about a fictional Baptist Church and Baptist and Religious experiences with Fundamentalism; Stickers; Stickers; Story books; Talking children's books; Wirebound books. FIRST USE: 19980701. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001030

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Booking of entertainment halls; Booking of seats for shows and booking of theatre tickets; Cable television programming; Direction of making radio or television programs; Distribution of television programs for others; Entertainment in the nature of on-going television programs in the field of comedy; Entertainment in the nature of television news shows; Entertainment services in the nature of on-going television programs in the field of children's entertainment; Entertainment services, namely, live, televised and movie appearances by a professional entertainer; Entertainment services, namely, providing a television program in the field of comedy via a global computer network; Entertainment services, namely, providing a web site featuring musical performances, musical videos, related film clips, photographs, and other multimedia materials; Entertainment, namely, a continuing comedy show broadcast over television, satellite, audio, and video media; Entertainment, namely, television news shows; Film distribution; Film studios; Mobile media and entertainment services in the nature of content preparation; Mobile media and entertainment services in the nature of content preparation, post-production; Motion picture film production; Movie studios; Movie theaters; Operating of film studios; Planning arrangement of showing movies, shows, plays or musical performances; Preparing subtitles for movies; Production and distribution of television shows and movies; Production of cable television programs; Production of closed caption television programs; Production of film studies; Production of radio and television programs; Production of radio or television programs; Production of video and creation of visual effects for others for use in DVDs, television programs and on websites. Production of visual effects for videos, DVDs, television and for Internet websites; Providing a web site where users can post ratings, reviews and recommendations on events and activities in the field of entertainment and education; Providing facilities for movies, shows, plays, music or educational training; Providing ratings for television, movie, music, video and video game content; Providing voice overs for tapes, records and other recorded media; Publication of books; Publication of books, magazines, almanacs and journals; Publication of books, of magazines, of journals, of newspapers, of periodicals, of catalogs, of brochures; Publication of books, reviews; Publication of text books; Publication of texts, books, journals; Publication of texts, books, magazines and other printed matter; Publishing of books and reviews; Publishing of books, magazines; Publishing of journals, books and handbooks in the field of medicine; Publishing of web magazines; Rental of cinema films; Rental of film projection equipment; Rental of films; Rental of motion picture films; Rental of movie projectors and accessories; Rental of movie projectors and their accessories; Rental of photographic equipment; Special effects animation services for film and video; Teleprompting services provided to film and television and corporate public speaking; Television and radio programming; Television show production; Theatrical booking agencies. FIRST USE: 19991001. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19991120

Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 77060070
Filing Date December 8, 2006
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition August 28, 2007
Registration Number 3705731
Registration Date November 3, 2009
Owner (REGISTRANT) Harper, Christian C. Harper, Christian C., Citizen of the United States SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP VIRGINIA 2237-B Lovedale Ln. Reston VIRGINIA 20191
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE "BAPTIST CHURCH" APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

The story, so I'm told, is that he wrote something very critical of Rev. Jerry Falwell when he was a student of Liberty University. He, of course, was expelled. This is his payback. Don't know if the story is true or not, but that's what I read someplace.

26 posted on 05/27/2010 7:32:32 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: The Comedian

You comic, you. lol.


27 posted on 05/27/2010 7:35:58 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Cyclops08

I truly believe this is being done by demons, who have been let out of the Abyss as Revelation Prophecy in the Last Days.


28 posted on 05/27/2010 1:31:33 PM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: markomalley

That sounds feasible. The most angry people on earth are those who have been “chastised” by the Church. Many times they set out to get revenge by one method or another.


29 posted on 05/27/2010 5:13:29 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: GonzoII

There’s probably some vile parts of the internet where the vandals brag of their exploits.


30 posted on 05/27/2010 10:39:21 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox
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