Vandals deface Santa Cruz Mission

This marks the fourth attack on a California mission since Junipero Serra's canonization
Red paint was found splattered on the door of the Santa Cruz Mission on the morning of November 2. (photo: Bianca Beltrán / KSBW 8 / Facebook)

Red paint was found splattered on the door of the Santa Cruz Mission on November 2. (photo: Bianca Beltrán / KSBW 8 / Facebook)

The following comes from a November 3 Breitbart article by William Bigelow:

Salinas, CA – On Monday morning, red paint was found splattered on the door of the Santa Cruz Mission, with graffiti accusing Father Junipero Serra of genocide painted on the walls.

One young student at the school at the mission, Eli Moody, 8, told KSBW, “When we got to school everyone was talking about it.” He added that his teachers tried to explain why vandals would have targeted the church, but he and his fellow students were upset by the damage. He said, “It’s a church and you should respect it because God lives in there.”

Vandals have lashed out at Junipero Serra four times in northern California since his September 23 canonization by Pope Francis. The first attack occurred on the very day Serra was canonized, when black paint was poured on a statue of Serra at the north end of Carmel. Another attack in late September featured vandals striking the Carmel Mission where Serra is buried, toppling statues and damaging gravesites, even painting “Saint of Genocide” on a headstone. A third attack occurred in mid-October, with the decapitation of the Serra statue in the Lower Presidio Historic park in Monterey. The last attack in Santa Cruz was the fourth.

 

Comments

  1. Michael McDermott says

    Like painting swastikas on Holy Redeemer Church during the Successful Proposition 8 campaign defining Marriage as between a Man (XY) and Woman (XX), which is Still Constitutional in California – although the Feds still try to deny the will of the Voters…

    Were these acts directed at a Poetically Favored group (say the lighthearted and happy Misandrist Alliance) the DOJ and Media would be all over the ‘Hate Crime’ investigation. However, neither the Catholic Church or its members are considered worthy of any such concern – in this Age of Obomination.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says

      I don’t think vandalism is ever considered a hate crime for any group – though I could be wrong on that.

      But one thing I’m quite certain about is that Prop 8 is NOT “still” constitutional in California. You supposedly are a lawyer. You should know better.

      • YFC always giving cover to those who hate the Church….

      • Steve Phoenix says

        A simple check of the FBI.gov site defines the federally determined issue of a “hate crime”.
        https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/hate_crimes/overview

        “Defining a Hate Crime: A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” -FBI.gov, op cit.

        • Steve Phoenix says

          A plain reading of the law is that the Junipero-Serra-related vandalism attacks, now numbering 4,are a federal “hate crimes” However, don’t expect any federal investigation or prosecution.

          There was no prosecution of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9-10, 1938) either—because the hoodlums were allied with the government then, too.

    • Michael McDermott, Our parish has had vandalism in the 12 years I’ve been here which I do not think were hate crimes. But in this case I agree with you. The radical secularists are especially angry at the Catholic Church and have distorted history in order to express their hate for Fr. Serra. They do the same every chance they get.

  2. John Patrick says

    Shouldn’t the Federal authorities investigate the incidents as a hate crime? One defacement of statue of Fr. Serra was on Federal property at Presidio of Monterey?

    • Steve Phoenix says

      You are right, John Patrick, these acts of vandalism fit the FBI-defined parameters that “A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias,” against race, religion, etc. (FBI.gov)

      However, don’t expect any action by our Great and Glorious Central Government on this matter, as they are busy patrolling Planned Parenthood sites against dangerous Children of the Rosary-types (Rosaries could be a dangerous weapon, you know).

      However, I don’t understand why Santa Cruz Mission doesn’t have video surveillance “up”, given the climate now that the California Missions are the new synagogues of the 1930’s, and given that the cost is minimal. Very supine response by the church…

  3. Maryanne Leonard says

    Obviously these are a hate crimes! We Catholics suffer hate crimes silently, perhaps so as to appear saintly, or is it because we don’t want to give the many haters more ideas, or to start verbal wars in the streets? When is it religiously correct to start squeaking up? I think American Catholic churches and cemetaries are targeted because nobody, including local or federal governmental agencies, nor Catholics themselves, stand up against these atrocities, declare them hate crimes. Find and prosecute these criminals!

  4. This is mostly a comment on our broken educational system with its slavery to leftist PC revisionism .

  5. John Feeney says

    What will be done about this? Nothing! The justice system in California is broken.. Why? Because of the soft on crime politicians. They usually have (D) after their name.

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