A Jesus statue was toppled and an American flag burned in NYC, sparking a hate crime investigation.
Per the NY Post “the incident occurred around 10 p.m. Thursday when an unknown person hopped the fence at St. Athanasius Church on Bay Parkway at 61st Street in Bensonhurst, police said. The vandal pushed over a statue of Jesus’s crucifixion, breaking it into pieces, and torched an American flag hanging outside the rectory, according to cops.”
The Diocese of Brooklyn, Monsignor David Cassato, called it “an act of hatred” in a statement.
“Today is the saddest day of my 20 years here at this parish,” Cassato said. “I went over and spoke to the students in the school about what happened, telling them that hate never wins. We are, and must be, a community that continues to share the message of Easter, that which is of love, hope, and forgiveness.”