Following Catholic Statue Desecration, Congressman Demands Federal Investigation Into Anti-Christian Hate Crimes

Following Catholic Statue Desecration, Congressman Demands Federal Investigation Into Anti-Christian Hate Crimes

Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks is demanding federal authorities at the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate mob attacks on Christian statues and churches in their continued purge of human history in the name of “social justice.”

“Over the last two months as Americans have seen statues of American heroes toppled and memorials dedicated to our national memory desecrated, those responsible for these acts have also in their sights Catholics, statues of saints and churches,” an email from Banks’ office read Wednesday.

Banks went on to cite Federalist reporting chronicling how self-described social justice warriors have unleashed violent rage against memorials to true social justice warriors. In Boston, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was lit ablaze at St. Peter’s Parish Church along with another in Brooklyn. In Ocala, Florida, police arrested one man after he rammed his minivan into a Catholic church and set the church on fire.

Further west in Los Angeles, a fire almost entirely burned down the San Gabriel Mission founded by St. Junipero Serra in 1771.

“Will those with a large platform fight anti-Catholic, anti-Christian bigotry like they have fought other forms of discrimination?” Banks asked.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a leftist organization that styles itself an arbiter of hate crimes and hate groups and is frequently cited as such by corporate media, did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment on whether they will devote resources to the surge in anti-Christian hate crimes.

The recent epidemic of outrage has made Christians just one of many targets of mob hatred. The Federalist has identified 183 other monuments across the country that have been desecrated by extremist groups since May. Read the list here.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]
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