Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Statue of Virgin Mary Attacked

On September 20, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was damaged when a small bomb went off near the campus of Stephen F. Austin (SFA) State University in Nacogdoches, TX. No one was injured except the peace on campus as students and local folk walk past the statue located between St. Mary's Catholic Chapel and the Catholic Student Center across from SFA.
The vandalism occurred days after Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of Roman Catholics, drew anger from many Muslims over remarks made in a speech. Also, the Knights of Columbus donated the statue more than 30 years ago in memory of aborted pregnancies, according to the Rev. Jesudoss Thomas, the chapel minister. He said he hopes the statue's vandalism was not tied to any statement, and no group has claimed responsibility for the vandalism.
For more on this story click here. In other news today, a Turkish born Muslim attacked a 9/11 shrine in Queens, New York. The shrine was a memorial of the late Officer Paul Talty who died while rushing toward the World Trade Centers south tower.

Local residents were outraged by the destruction.

"If I caught him, he'd be dead, the bastard!" fumed Tom Ledden, 71, a long-time Long Island City resident and military veteran.

Sung Park, owner of a deli across the street from Talty's memorial, said he fondly remembers the cop as a friendly, regular customer: "I only have good memories of him," he said.

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