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A Senseless Hate Crime On Christmas

 
 
Miller
 
Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 11:16 am

Friday 26 December 2014 13.10 EST


A mayor in Massachusetts is outraged that someone stole a statue of the baby Jesus from a church’s nativity scene and replaced it with a pig’s head.

Haverhill mayor James Fiorentini said the desecration had “all the elements of a hate crime”.

The parish priest noticed the statue had been taken from the creche at Sacred Hearts Roman Catholic Church on Christmas morning.

Police said the pig’s head left in its place appeared to have been recently severed, and investigators were seeking help from butcher shops and pig farms. Police say the perpetrator could face animal cruelty charges.

A neighbour replaced the baby Jesus with one from her own creche.

A baby Jesus figurine was also stolen from the nativity scene on Greenfield Town Common, likely before dawn on Christmas Eve.

www.theguardian.com
 
maxdancona
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 11:30 am
@Miller,
Geez, I sure hope they catch the perpetrator of this horrible crime.
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engineer
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 11:39 am
@Miller,
Stupid prank, yes. Not sure how this qualifies as a hate crime.
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 12:51 pm
@Miller,
Miller wrote:
A mayor in Massachusetts is outraged that someone stole a statue of the baby Jesus from a church’s nativity scene and replaced it with a pig’s head.

That's just not kosher.
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InkRune
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 04:03 pm
@engineer,
The funny thing is, if it were an offense against a non-religious group, if would be unconditionally labled a hate crime; however, because it is a religious group, you claim it is just a 'prank'.

I would say the least it would be is vandalism, and/or theft.
engineer
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 04:24 pm
@InkRune,
If it were an "offense" against a non-religious group, it wouldn't have even make the crime reports section of the newspaper, much less having the mayor comment on it. People vandalize Christmas displays all the time. Inflatable Frosties and Santas are particular targets.
InkRune
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 04:26 pm
@engineer,
I repeat,

vandalism/theft
engineer
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 04:27 pm
@InkRune,
Vandalism/theft, sure. Hate crime, no.

And since you didn't say that in the previous post, you aren't repeating it.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 04:28 pm
@Miller,
Vandalism/theft/prank for sure.

For it to be a hate crime (as defined in Canada at least), there would have to be a lot more to the story.
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contrex
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 04:42 pm
Sounds like kids or teenagers to me. When I went to a rural part of Ireland you would see statues of the Virgin Mary by the side of the road and the local kids would leave cigarettes in their mouths or lipstick on her lips.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 06:05 pm
@contrex,
This is why I normally avoid anything Miller writes.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2014 11:57 am
@glitterbag,
glitterbag wrote:

This is why I normally avoid anything Miller writes.

Clearly it's the work Barack Husatan Obama! ƪ(`▿▿▿▿´ƪ)
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 02:48 pm
@InkRune,
One thing for sure, its not worth any dunder.
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