Church Partially Burned, Religious Symbols Put on Fire
Date of incident: January 16, 2011
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
A Christian Church building in Hérouville-Saint-Clair, the outskirts of Caen, was vandalized at about 6 am on a Sunday morning. The Church of St. Francis, partially burned, cannot not accommodate the faithful until rebuild.The authorities of Caen state that they do not know "with certainty whether the anti-religious character was the reason for this arson."
"It is clear that the author targeted religious objects," confirmed one judge. Because "the fire was started in a nativity scene crib and a large cross has been seized and broken."
Father Lawrence Lair, the parish priest, sees in this "an act of delinquency and vandalism." Mayor Hérouville-Saint-Clair, Rudolph Thomas (Modem), condemns the "despictable act" while trying to avoid "amalgam so there is no fight between different communities". Sources: http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2011/01/16/97001-20110116FILWWW00148-calvados-une-eglise-en-partie-incendiee.php http://www.agoravox.fr/actualites/religions/article/nouvel-acte-antichretien-une-87347 http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/une-eglise-du-calvados-partiellement-incendiee-16-01-2011-1229638.php http://www.fdesouche.com/165763-calvados-une-eglise-incendiee