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Small Fire in German Church

June 16, 2018, Germany

A parishioner found the remains of a fire already extinguished on the carpet of the church of St. Petrus in the town of Kirchweiler. According to the police, the unknown perpetrators set the fire between 8 am and 4:45 pm on June 16th. Material damage affected the carpet, a cloth, and a speaker wire.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Polish Supreme Court Rules against Printer

June 14, 2018, Poland

Poland's Supreme Court ruled against a printer who refused to create a roll-up banner for an LGBT business group because he did not want to "promote" the gay rights movement, citing his Catholic religious beliefs. The Court held that although there may be legally justifiable reasons to refuse services based on religious objections, in this case they did not apply.

Access to Justice and Legal Services Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Expression Militant Equality Laws

Theft in Sant'Antonio Church in Manduria on its Feast's Eve

June 12, 2018, Italy

Thieves entered the church of Sant'Antonio in Manduria on June 12th between 11 am and 2 pm and stole an amplifier and part of the sound system from the sacristy, taking advantage of the confusion in the preparation of the patron's local feast the next day.

Theft

Theft and Vandalism in the Chapel of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

June 12, 2018, France

A painting of the chapel of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme was stolen during the night of June 8th by an unknown person. In addition to the robbery, the grid that protected the chapel was broken and various decorative objects and religious art were damaged.

Theft Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Asylum-Seeking Christian Family Fears Death in Face of Deportation

June 11, 2018, United Kingdom

The Home Office has repeatedly rejected the asylum applications of a Christian family, who have been living in the UK for the past six years. They fear death if forced to return to Pakistan.

Access to Justice and Legal Services

Anarcho-Satanist Graffiti at the Basilica of Chaumont

June 11, 2018, France

On the morning of June 11th, an unknown person sprayed Anarcho-Satanist graffiti on the facade of the Basilica of Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Chaumont (Haute-Marne). Along with the traditional anarchist symbol, the word Satan accompanied by a heart was discovered.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Two Flags Stolen from Church in Züsch

June 9, 2018, Germany

During the night of June 9th, between 3:00 and 3:30 pm, two flags were stolen from the Züsch parish.

Theft

Obscene Graffiti on Facade of Italian Church

June 6, 2018, Italy

The church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in the city of Barletta was stained with various graffiti by unknown vandals. Among the graffiti, there were many obscene images and phrases.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Abandoned Church Suffers Gross Desecration

June 6, 2018, Italy

A passerby discovered that unknown people had entered the abandoned church of Santa Corona in Garbagnate Milanese desecrated the interior.

Desecration Theft Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Court of Justice of the European Union Redefines “Spouses”

June 5, 2018, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment in the case of Coman and others ruling that all EU Member States, including those that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, must recognize same-sex marriage contracted abroad, regarding the right of residence.

Access to Justice and Legal Services

Man Wields Knife in Berlin Cathedral

June 3, 2018, Germany

When a 53-year-old Austrian man became aggressive and started wielding a knife in the Berlin Cathedral, police were called to intervene. The staff of the cathedral, which is also a popular tourist spot, were able to lead all visitors to safety. About a hundred people were in the cathedral at the time.

Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Bibles Removed from Hospital Rooms

June 3, 2018, United Kingdom

The Royal Infirmary of Dumfries and Galloway made the decision to remove Bibles from hospital rooms and social areas upon complaint that Christianity was given "preferential treatment".

Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas)

Arson Attempt in Sicilian Church

June 3, 2018, Italy

On June 3rd at 11 o'clock at night, a man poured gasoline at the entrance to the church of San Giuliano in the Sicilian city of Messina and tried to set fire to the building. Firefighters extinguished the flames that had been partially isolated. The structure of the church was not damaged. Police arrested the alleged perpetrator shortly after in the vicinity of the property.

Hate Crime Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Window Broken in Church of Hahnenbach

June 2, 2018, Germany

Unknown people broke a window of the Evangelical church in Hahnenbach during the early hours of June 2nd. Later, they forced the back door of the building. Apparently nothing was stolen.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

British MPs Demand "Buffer Zones" Outside Abortion Facilities

June 1, 2018, United Kingdom

One hundred sixty-one members of the British Parliament are demanding that Home Secretary Sajid Javid act on a proposal to introduce exclusion or "buffer zones” around abortion facilities, which would ban pro-life prayer, protest, and counseling of women conflicted about abortion.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Association and Assembly Freedom of Expression

Windows Broken in Jena Church

May 29, 2018, Germany

The Stadtkirche Sankt Michael in the city of Jena was subjected to two vandalism attacks in two days. On the night of May 27th, someone threw stones and broke two of the church's stained glass windows. Two days later, on May 29th, someone broke another window in the back of the church. Witnesses observed two teenagers behind the church and police began an investigation.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Poster Burned Inside Büdesheim Church

May 27, 2018, Germany

On May 27th, unidentified people entered the church of Büdesheim between 12:00 and 7:00 pm and set fire to a sign hanging in the building. The poster and its holder were destroyed.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Arson in Parish's Sports Facilities; Graffiti Threatening Parish Priest

May 26, 2018, Italy

Around six o'clock in the morning of May 26th, unknown people set fire to the rooms of the secretariat in the sports center of the Maria Madre della Chiesa parish in Casazza, a Brescia neighborhood, completely destroying its interior. In addition, next to one of the rooms affected by the fire, curses and serious insults against the parish priest were written with a blue marker.

Hate Crime Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Constant Vandalism in Sicilian Church

May 25, 2018, Italy

On May 25th, unknown persons entered the Chiesa Gesù Amore Misericordioso church in Canicattì, causing damage, breaking furniture, and staining the building with paint. Reports called this the "umpteenth time" the church had been vandalized because of repeated incidents.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Cemetery Vandalized in Indre-et-Loire

May 19, 2018, France

Between thirty and forty graves in the cemetery of La Riche were vandalized early in the evening of May 19th. Damage included smashed crucifixes. The mayor of La Riche called the act "pure vandalism," as no tags or other signs were left by the perpetrators. Families visiting the cemetery on the Pentecost weekend were distressed upon learning of the damage to their loved ones' graves. The city announced its intention to file a complaint, and urged affected families to do the same.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)