Incidents of church vandalism


Church vandalized with satanic symbols

Incidents of church vandalism

Sheriff: Vandals Paint ‘Gay is OK!’, Similar Messages On Church via @wfmy

Another Guilford County Church Vandalized With Pro-Gay Graffiti Over Weekend 

Anti-religion vandals strike again at Midwest City church 

Church shrine hit with satanic graffiti 

Shots Fired into Church in Mobile 

Police investigate ‘religiously biased’ vandalism to church

Alabama Church Vandalized On Thanksgiving 

Man Arrested For Interrupting SC Church Service With Laser Pointer, Broken Crucifix

Statue destroyed outside Catholic Church

Catholic church targeted by vandals

Man arrested after Orleans church damaged

Glass broken, statues damaged in Long Island church vandalism 

Third Livonia church facility vandalized

Police: Camden County Church Vandalized

San Bernardino Church Vandalized with Satanic, Nazi Symbols

Wellsville churches vandalized with satanic symbols

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  1. Priest Forgives After Disturbing Case Of Vandalism

    “A disturbing case of vandalism has one priest searching for answers after a statue of Jesus was vandalized at his church.

    “The priest says he’s using this as an opportunity to extend mercy and forgiveness during the holy season.

    “The congregation of the Holy Family Church in Ashland found an upside down cross and the numbers 666 painted on the crucifix outside of their church on Monday.

    “I was kind of hurt,” said Father John Noe.

    “This is the second time the vandals have struck. The same symbol was found painted on a garage on church grounds last week. The string of vandalism has struck a chord of curiosity in Father John Noe…”

    Read more: Priest Forgives After Disturbing Case Of Vandalism

  2. Statue of Virgin Mary defaced Easter eve

    NORWOOD, Mass. — On the eve of the holiest day of the year for the Catholic Church, a vandal defaced a statue at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. The Virgin Mary statue was spray-painted black, with a symbol at the bottom…” Continue reading: Statue of Virgin Mary defaced Easter eve –

  3. ‘Disturbing’ graffiti desecrates historic San Xavier Mission

    “TUCSON – San Xavier Mission, an iconic symbol of Arizona’s history, was hit overnight by vandals. Black graffiti and Satanic symbols, like ‘666,’ covered the front of the 219-year-old building.

    “The mission’s priest was one of the first to see the damage.

    “When I saw it, my heart just dropped,” said Rev. Edward Sarrazin O.F.M…”

    Continue reading: ‘Disturbing’ graffiti desecrates historic San Xavier Mission

  4. Reward Offered in Sumter Church Vandalism

    Sumter, SC (WLTX)- The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is offering an reward for information in the vandalism of a church.

    Wedgefield Baptist Church in Sumter was broken into over the Memorial Day Weekend according to church goers.

    Vandals busted out windows and sprayed the extinguishers in the classrooms, the auditorium and in the bathrooms.

    Deputies are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or person(s) responsible for more than $20,000 in vandalism.

    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff”s office at (803) 436-2000 or Crimestoppers at (803) 436-2718.

    Source: Reward Offered in Sumter Church Vandalism

  5. Milwaukee church tagged with graffiti

    MILWAUKEE —Vandals tagged a Lutheran church on Milwaukee’s south side this week, adorning exterior walls with a string of bizarre messages.

    The graffiti on Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, on the 4400 block of South Howell Avenue, near East Layton Avenue, was discovered Wednesday morning.

    One wall was tagged with a message that read, “Satan Helps Rappers. Pray for Girls Please!” “I hate Earth” was written in red spray paint on another wall made of glass.

    Pastor Andrew Nyren said crews would be out on Thursday to cover up the markings. He said he doesn’t know why the church was targeted but said exterior security cameras are being considered.

    “I just hope that whoever did it we’d pray for them,” Nyren said. “We hope that whatever’s going on in their life that they get some help … but also hope it doesn’t happen again to us or anyone else.”

    Most of the cleanup costs will be covered by insurance, but Nyren said the church likely will have to cover a $1,000 deductible.

    Milwaukee police said they’re investigating but had no one in custody as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

    Source: Milwaukee church tagged with graffiti

  6. Church, residents express shock and sadness to vandalized Danville church

    “I was brokenhearted at first,” Brian Martin, Christ the King Lutheran Pastor, said. “To think that our place of worship had been desecrated with such language.”

    He says Danville Police called him around 7 a.m. He found graffiti spray painted on his church and learning center. Some saying black power and “BLM” — others too vulgar to mention…

    Read more: Church, residents express shock and sadness to vandalized Danville church

  7. Parishioner: Man ‘Went Berserk’ Inside Historic Denver Church

    DENVER (CBS4) – Parishioners at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Larimer Street in Denver are still cleaning up after an unknown man ransacked the sanctuary.

    On Saturday a man emerged from a hiding spot in the church after a ceremony. He was confronted by a parishioner walking in the sanctuary.

    “He asked him what he was doing here, and that’s when he went berserk and started throwing things through the windows, knocking down statues and making a total mess,” says Ramon Quezada, a parishioner at the church.

    The church was established in 1879 and many of the original stain glass windows that were installed at the church’s founding were destroyed when the suspected threw dishes from the alter.

    Statues were also destroyed before the man kicked his way out of the front door…

    Continue reading: Parishioner: Man ‘Went Berserk’ Inside Historic Denver Church

  8. WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Members of The Journey Church in Wichita spent Saturday cleaning up, after the church was vandalized overnight.

    Church officials say they are not sure how the vandals got inside, but they took fire extinguishers and sprayed them all over the church.

    It caused roughly $3,400 worth of damage.

    The church also said a note was found Thursday with racist remarks against the church, but officials do not believed it was related to the vandalism.

    Wichita church vandalized overnight–398050131.html

  9. 42-year-old statue of saint vandalized in Gonzales

    ASCENSION – A 42-year-old statute of a saint, that stands outside of a church, was vandalized in Ascension Parish.

    The statue was of Saint Mark located at the Saint Mark Catholic Church in Gonzales. Pictures show parts of the statue broken to pieces on the ground.

    The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said that it is believed the incident occurred on Christmas night or early Monday morning.

    Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 621-8300.

    Source: 42-year-old statue of saint vandalized in Gonzales

  10. Jesus statue decapitated twice in two weeks via @fox13

  11. Thieves steal cross, statue of Jesus from Norfolk church

    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Thieves stole a copper cross and a statue of Jesus from Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk.

    Someone unbolted the cross from a Noah’s Ark playground at St. Michael the Archangel’s Park. It happened around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in Ocean View.

    Father Dan Beeman with Holy Trinity Catholic Church says staff members saw two men running away from the church with the cross. The men left the scene in a red Honda Odyssey van.

    Parishioners who have learned about the thefts are upset… Continue reading: Thieves steal cross, statue of Jesus from Norfolk church via @WAVY_News

  12. OMAHA, Neb. — Staff at First Central Congregational Church near 36th and Harney Streets said the church prides itself in being a very welcoming place for everyone, so members were shocked to find such a confusing and concerning message at its front doors. Someone tagged “Christ didn’t die 4 you” in permanent marker and paint outside the midtown United Church of Christ church… Read more: ​”Christ didn’t die 4 you” graffiti tagged outside Omaha church

  13. Southern Indiana church vandalized and set on fire

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Windows were broken and fires were set at a southern Indiana church, and the pastor is calling it an act of pure “meanness.”

    A maintenance worker at the Ohio Chapel United Methodist Church near Columbus, Indiana, spotted the damage and called police Saturday. Fortunately, none of the fires, that were set in the sanctuary and basement, spread.

    The church has only about 20 members.

    The Bartholomew County sheriff is investigating and said he’s looking at a possible connection to damage at another nearby church.

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  14. VIDEO: Man breaks into Redford church, smashes prayer box. Thief broke into Abundant Life Christian Center looking for money. MORE:

  15. Satanic symbols painted on historic South Carolina church

    MAYESVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A church in South Carolina that dates back more than 250 years has again been the target of vandals.

    Salem Black River Presbyterian Church member Dick Dabbs says he discovered satanic symbols and phrases painted on the white columns, sidewalks and doors of the church near Mayesville on Friday morning… Continue reading: Satanic symbols painted on historic South Carolina church

  16. SC Church vandalized with satanic messages & symbols, 4 arrested

    MAYESVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Four people have been arrested after satanic messages and symbols were spray painted on the Salem Black River Church in Mayesville, according to the Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office.

    The incident happened on September 29, according to deputies.

    Deputies say they got several tips from the community, including Shaw Air Force Base personnel who gave them names of possible suspects.

    Investigators say the suspects cooperated and confessed to their involvement.

    All four were arrested and charged with:

    Trespassing (Misdemeanor)
    Malicious Injury to a House of Worship (Felony, 16-11-535)
    Criminal Conspiracy (Felony)

    Those charged were:

    Kayla Marie Eilerman, 18 of Ingleside, TX
    Clayre Marie Savage, 18 of Port Barre, LA
    Daveion Raaheim Green, 19 of Leeland, NC
    Brandon Munoz, 20 of Baltimore, MD

    A church member said the door to the sanctuary had been kicked in, but it didn’t appear anyone went in.

    Two other building were also spray-painted.

    Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said he appreciates all of the
    community response in trying to identify these suspects.

    “We want to thank everyone for the tremendous response to requests to identify these individuals. It is apparent to us that Sumter County residents will not tolerate this kind of activity. We also recognize that this does not reflect the values of our Shaw Air Force Base neighbors and family. We appreciate the cooperation and information from Shaw officials that helped us
    quickly hold responsible the individuals responsible,” he said.

    Source: SC Church vandalized with satanic messages & symbols, 4 arrested via @WSPA7

  17. Statues of children beheaded, Virgin Mary vandalized at Hayward church

    HAYWARD, Calif. (Henry Lee/KTVU) – Statues of three children and a lamb were beheaded outside St. Bede Catholic Church in Hayward. It’s a case of vandalism that parishioners say is heartless.

    Janine Durana teaches first grade at the school. She says her children saw the damaged statues as they came to school with their grandmother several weeks ago.

    “My two-year-old came to me and said, ‘Bad guys came into grandma’s church and cut off the heads of the children,'” Durana said.

    But that wasn’t all…

    Continue reading: Statues of children beheaded, Virgin Mary vandalized at Hayward church

  18. 2 churches near NC coast are vandalized in one night

    BELVILLE, N.C. (WECT) — Two churches in Belville less than half a mile apart were the target of vandalism sometime between 5:30 p.m. Saturday night and 8 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office…

    Continue reading: 2 churches near NC coast are vandalized in one night via @wncn

  19. Church’s Virgin Mary statue beheaded in Suffolk County; police investigating as hate crime

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