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Bill Donohue of the Catholic League reports from across the nation about nativity scenes being vandalized.

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Catholic League) - Every year we are flooded with reports from across the nation about nativity scenes being vandalized. This year was no different.

Here is a list of some of the incidents that came to our attention:

• In Sandusky, Ohio a 50-year old figure of the Baby Jesus was stolen from a downtown park; it was found a few days later hanging from a ceiling fan in the apartment of the thief who stole it

• A Christian pastor in Loma Linda, California was beaten and left in critical condition while decorating his church

• In Orange County, Florida a Christian church’s drive-through nativity scene was completely demolished by vandals

• The Blessed Virgin figure was stolen from a nativity scene in front of a home in Colorado Springs, Colorado

• Twice within a couple of weeks, the crèche in Norwood, Massachusetts was vandalized

• A drive-through nativity built by a Christian church in Stone Mountain, Georgia was destroyed

• In Waggaman, Louisiana, a 38-year old man, accompanied by two boys, trashed Christmas decorations at five homes

• A 50-year old statue of a shepherd was beheaded in a nativity scene in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee

• The Holy Family was stolen from a crèche outside of a home in New Albany, Indiana

• The nativity scene in front of a Christian church in Christoval, Texas was splattered with red paint

• Figures of the Baby Jesus were stolen from homes or churches in Memphis, Tennessee; Littlestown, Pennsylvania; Valrico, California; Akron, Ohio; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Andover, New York; Sumter, South Carolina; St. Charles, Illinois; Moberly, Missouri; Lehighton, Pennsylvania; Bismarck, North Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; Paw Paw, Michigan; North Richland Hills, Texas; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; and Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination. It is led by its' President, William A. Donohue, Ph.D.

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1 - 4 of 4 Comments

  1. Dora
    5 years ago

    I am saddened that living during this century crimes of discrimination are continualy being committed. What small minds these people have ...

  2. Holly
    5 years ago

    Well there you go if you want proof of the evil one influencing people to do what is wrong here you go.

    I guess you could say there really is a satanic creature/force in the world because every year it takes pleasure in using people to do its bidding and every year we are still here to thwart it.

    SO EVERYONE HOLD HANDS ACROSS THE WORLD AND THANK GOD EVERYDAY FOR YOUR BLESSINGS AND THAT YOU ALL KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

    PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SPITEFUL, MEANSPIRITED ETC. THEY ARE SAD INDIVIDUALS WITH CLOSED HEARTS AND MINDS.

    MAY THE LORD BE WITH US IN THESE TRYING TIMES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
    GOD BLESS BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND MAY ALL OF US HAVE COURAGE.

  3. Taylor
    5 years ago

    This is ridiculous! These people need to grow up and learn to respect other people's beliefs. What is this world coming to?

  4. MC
    5 years ago

    :-(

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