Police: Baby Jesus taken, replaced with pig's head
A mayor in Massachusetts is outraged that someone stole a baby Jesus statue from a church’s Nativity scene and replaced it with a pig’s head.Now, this is Massachusetts, where the Catholic Church is a favored whipping boy. Which is why this next part surprised me somewhat:
The parish priest noticed the statue had been taken from the creche at Sacred Hearts Roman Catholic Church on Christmas morning.
Police say the pig’s head left in its place appears to have been recently severed, and investigators are seeking help from butcher shops and pig farms. Police say the perpetrator could face animal cruelty charges.
Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini says the desecration has ‘‘all the elements of a hate crime.’’That they might even dare to utter the "H" word in regards to something that happened to a Catholic Church in Massachusetts tells me that people have gone positively apeshit over this in Haverhill. It's a pretty Italian town, and there are lots of Catholics there.
Oh, and that's the church I used to go to when I lived in MA.
Locals are blaming "atheists," which I'm pretty sure is a crock of s**t.This is either bored teens who have never gone to church, or else activists looking to piss people off without putting themselves in any danger. Like I said, that was my church. The only time it was ever full was Easter; the remainder of the year you'd be lucky to get it half-filled, and this is in a city of some 70K people, a good percentage of which are Catholic.
If I were a betting man, I'd chalk this up to bored teenagers who thought it would be good for a laugh, something everyone would talk about but at the worst would get them a slap on the wrist if they got caught. Apparently you can buy pig heads at butcher shops; I suspect that's where it came from - if they did, in fact, behead a pig that didn't belong to them their lives are going to get pretty damn miserable. MA has pretty strict cruelty laws and isn't reluctant to use them.
I just hope they *are* in fact charged with a hate crime. Burn a cross on a lawn, spraypaint a swastika on a synagogue, you better believe that'll get hate crime charges and civil rights violations aplenty. But take a poke at the Catholic Church? Yawn.
Although doing it in a city with a strong Italian population - a fair percentage of which are on the police force - might not work out the way the perps thought...
That is all.