According to a new report presented by CatholicVote, a Christian nonprofit organization, almost 300 attacks against Catholic churches across the United States have taken place since May 2020, following the death of George Floyd. The attacks include decapitation of statues, arson, satanic graffiti and broken windows. Around 118 incidents of attack have been recorded since the Supreme Court decision which overturned Roe v. Wade in May 2022. Even though some attacks include thefts, the report delineates that the “vast majority” of the incidents involve the destruction of property which may indicate that the chief motive behind the attacks “is not material gain.”
Fox News reports:
Hundreds of Roman Catholic churches have been attacked since the violence that erupted nationwide following George Floyd’s death in May 2020, according to a Catholic nonprofit.
Since May 2020, there have been nearly 300 attacks against U.S. Catholic churches as far afield as Emmonak, Alaska, with the most recent tally at 275 as of Sunday, according to a tracker from CatholicVote.
The religious nonprofit organization noted that “while the riots and looting mostly died down in the summer of 2020, the attacks on Catholic churches have continued and escalated.”
The attacks against churches include arson, broken windows, decapitated statues and satanic graffiti. Some 118 incidents were logged since the May 2022 leak of the draft Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade’s federal abortion protections.
While some of the attacks involved theft, the “vast majority” of recorded incidents were simply destruction of property, which the group said indicates “that the primary motive is not material gain,” the report said.
A report from the Family Research Council released in December also found that church attacks spiked following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The council’s report, titled “Hostility Against Churches Is on the Rise in the United States,” found there were 420 acts of hostility against 397 churches between January 2018 and September 2022. The attacks took place across 45 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., according to the report.
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