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the soft target

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jul 09, 2005

Summer mischief.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Someone urinated in the holy water at a suburban Rochester, N.Y., Catholic church. Four local teens have been charged with that and other vandalism.

Monroe County sheriff's deputies said the teenagers smashed wine bottles against the walls, left bicycle skid marks on the carpet, emptied the fire extinguishers and burned cigarette holes in the Saint Pius X Church. The damage is estimated at $17,000.

Charged are 18-year-old Dan Seklar, 17-year-old Richard DeCarolis, 16-year-old Michael Street and a 15-year-old who is being charged as a juvenile. All are charged with burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies. The boys have been released to their parents.

I can't help but think that, had it been a mosque the youths violated in this fashion, what the authorities "released to their parents" would be miscellaneous body parts, few bigger than a tootsie roll.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 09, 2005 10:35 PM ET USA

    You've got that right, Diogenes. You're right, too, Gil. Anti-Catholicism comes in many forms, including the near-zero-reporting of such hate-filled, evil acts of desecration. I guarantee that if I were the pastor at that parish, those "children" & their parents would be hearing from me on a daily basis for a very long time... & I would make sure that every single person in the parish knew the names, addresses & phone numbers of those families:to pray for them & to call them to conversion.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 09, 2005 6:16 PM ET USA

    ...and if not that, they would be charged with a hate crime and facing serious jail time. And be released on stiff bail, if at all. The story would also likely have made the AP A wire and be leading TV news programs from coast to coast. (And in AK and HI.)

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