Published On: Fri, Sep 24th, 2021

Van Nuys Church Vandalized by Masked Suspect With Baseball Bat

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Eight windows of the St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Van Nuys, California, were smashed by a masked suspect with a baseball bat in the early morning hours on Sept. 23. Fr. Shnork Demirjian, the church’s parish priest, said the vandalism induced fear and a sense of insecurity in people of faith and should be considered as a hate crime. “When you destroy iconic images that represent religion or ethnicity that’s categorized as a hate crime. In our case, destroying the image of Jesus Christ on the stained glass should be undoubtedly considered a hate crime. As the incident occurred one day after the 30th anniversary of the independence of Armenia,” Fr. Shnork Demirjian, parish priest of St. Peter Church, told The Epoch Times. He insisted that such vandalization is not just against the church, but Armenians, Christianity, and people with different religions, adding that violence is not the answer, …

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