Police are looking for vandals who damaged nativity scene in California
The police are in search of the suspects who used black paint to vandalize a nativity scene in Ontario, drawing a pentagram on the face of Baby Jesus.
The nativity scenes have been a fixture in the center median of Euclid Avenue in the Inland Empire city since 1958. Some consider it sacred and such considerations should be respected.
According to KGTV, residents who were wandering Balboa Park in San Diego were surprised with a new addition to the usual holiday displays. A sign which read:
‘Religion is but myth & superstition had joined the usual decorations. This went further with its message; ‘There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven, or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.’
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Vandals sprayed black paint over the face of Jesus, drew up a pentagram on the forehead of Baby Jesus and painted a disparaging word on the Virgin Mary. They basically ruined the nativity scene.
Nativity scene is #Ontario along Euclid Ave was vandalized last night. No Permanent damage was caused. Authorities are reviewing surveillance video in the area. #NBCLA #Telemundo52 pic.twitter.com/FmozNcxi8n— AlexVnews (@alexvnews) December 19, 2018
Officials aren’t sure yet if this was a hate crime or possibly just random kids playing.
Sergeant Bill Russell with the Ontario police:
‘This could be as simple as vandalism, but we won’t know who the suspect is or the reason they did this.’
However, the spokesperson for the non-profit group in charge of the displays doesn’t necessarily believe it was a hate crime motivated by religion.
KGTV actor, a legendary Jared Aaron posted a pic of the banner on Twitter, asking if his followers had seen it in the park. Of course, there was a variety of perspectives; everyone took that chance to air their views.
‘it’s a little bit on the selfish side,’ one resident said while another felt the sign ‘speaks to polarization, division, squaring off people into different camps.’
According to a spokesperson from the 'Freedom From Religious Foundations,' it seems that juxtaposing the religious displays with an opposing viewpoint was just the statement the organization was trying to make.
The police are still on the lookout for the perpetrators of the barbaric act though. Only if the suspect(s) are identified can their motives be known. Something similar happened to Jennifer Lopez's Star on the Holywood Walk of Fame.