In the USA, after the movement called 'Black Live Matters', the attacks on sacred Christian symbols and statues have been a rise. At Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, New York, a monument to unborn children killed by abortion was knocked over the weekend of July 18. The monument consisted of an image of an infant resting in a pair of hands, along with an inscription of Isaiah 49:16.
Following are some recent incidences of vandalism of Christian symbols and statues reported
- Parishioners at St. Bernadette Parish in Rockford, Illinois, discovered that a crucifix at a shrine belonging to the parish had been vandalized between July 5 and July 6. The vandalism was reported by The Observer, a publication of the Diocese of Rockford, on July 17.
- In Montana, a statue of Christ at a ski resort was painted with brown paint and festooned with flags reading "Rise Up" and "#BLM," a presumed reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. The vandalism was reported July 14 by local media in Whitefish, Montana.
- A statue of the Virgin Mary was beheaded in Gary, Indiana on the evening of July 2 or morning of July 3, but was first reported on July 12.
In addition to the most recent attacks, in the last two weeks, statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary have been attacked in Florida, Tennessee, New York, and Colorado.
Other Catholic religious statues in California, Missouri, and other places have been toppled or vandalized by protestors of ‘Black Live Matters’ movement, including several of St. Junipero Serra. While some attacks on statues, most notably in California, have been committed in public by large groups.
Several Catholic churches in the United States reported vandalism and other damage to statues over the past weekend. All the cases are still under the police investigation.