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6/19/2014 (9 months ago)

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Man said he did it on account of 'the second or first commandment'

A 38-year-old man in Charleston, South Carolina confessed to police that he decapitated a lawn statue of Jesus Christ at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church this past weekend. Charles Jeffrey Short says he did it due to the "second or first commandment," which he says forbids public displays of men and women.

A 38-year-old man in Charleston, South Carolina confessed to police that he decapitated a lawn statue of Jesus Christ at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church this past weekend.

A 38-year-old man in Charleston, South Carolina confessed to police that he decapitated a lawn statue of Jesus Christ at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church this past weekend.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/19/2014 (9 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Desecration, statue, Charleston, arrest


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Short was arrested in what has been the second beheading of Christ at the church in less than one week. Someone hammered off the heads and "some hands" of another statue of Jesus and a child last week.

Short was arrested near the church. He admitted to hammering the statue six or seven times because the Ten Commandments forbid the public display of any type of person, including Jesus, according to the report.

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A local man walking by the church witnessed a man knock off the statue's head, according to the police report. An officer was called to the scene, confronted Short, and was given permission to search his bag that contained a Kobalt sledgehammer coated with a white residue.

A diocese spokeswoman for Sacred Heart says the church faces a nearly $5,000 repair bill. The six-foot concrete statue of Jesus represents Christ's love for humanity, the spokeswoman said.

Responding to why he vandalized the statue of Jesus, Short explained that he did it "because the second or first commandment states to not make an image of a male or female to be on display to the public," the arresting officer wrote in the report.

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath ." an excerpt of the King James Bible version of The Second Commandment of the Bible reads.

Short was being held Monday on $2,130 bail, charged with malicious injury to real property.

Police are also investigating the incident where someone hacked off the heads and hands of another statue of Christ and a child to see if there is a connection.

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