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12/18/2004 7:08:00 PM - Catholic League


Below is a list of vandalized nativity scenes this Christmas season:


· Vandals damaged a life-size nativity scene in Merced, California.


· Baby Jesus was stolen from a McKinney, Texas family’s yard.


· Over a dozen statues were stolen from a nativity scene in Pasco County, Florida, and three of the inflatable snowmen were slashed.


· A nativity scene was stolen from the yard of a Pataskala, New Jersey family.


· A family from Whitehall, Michigan also had its entire nativity scene stolen.


· In Camillus, New York, a 75-pound nativity scene was stolen from a church.


· The nativity scene in Chicago’s Daley Plaza was vandalized and baby Jesus was taken, even though the statue was locked down.


· Baby Jesus was also stolen from the Metcalf Mortuary in St. George, Utah.


· A church in Fairmount, New York had its nativity scene stolen.


· The baby Jesus was stolen from a large nativity scene in the historic Hancock Cemetery next to Quincy City Hall, Massachusetts.


· The Mountaineer Inn in Asheville, North Carolina had its nativity stolen by vandals.


· A family from Lockport, Illinois had its nativity scene stolen.


· A handmade nativity scene was destroyed by vandals on the property of a family in Lincoln, Nebraska.


· A nativity scene set inside Plexiglas was smashed to pieces in Mineola, New York.


· A front-yard nativity scene was damaged in Farmington, Illinois.


· Students at Taylor University in Indiana went on a rampage, vandalizing several Christmas decorations, including the nativity scene, and started a bonfire.


Catholic League president William Donohue commented as follows:


“This is the worst we’ve seen, and most nativity scenes have yet to be erected. It speaks to a problem that deserves a public discussion.”




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