Jesus Statue Toppled, American Flag Burned at NYC Church

A New York City Catholic church received support from the community this weekend after someone smashed a Jesus statue and burned the American flag.

An unknown person broke the crucifixion and burned the flag Thursday night at St. Athanasius Church in Brooklyn, which the NYPD is investigating as a hate crime, the New York Post reports.

“We are deeply saddened to inform you that the Cross on our Church property was vandalized last night,” the church wrote on Facebook Friday. “This exhibition of violence and religious hatred is very disturbing. This is definitely an offensive act not only to our Parish but to the Catholic Church!”

Todd Starnes

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