Sunday, August 28, 2005

Blessed Sacrament stolen from parish tabernacle

There are several "official" definitions of "hate crimes," but they generally follow the Anti-Defamation League's description:

"Any crime committed because of the victim's actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation."

Last Thursday, the Blessed Sacrament was stolen from a tabernacle at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Lynn, Massachusetts.

The "incident" is being handled as a larceny.

I don't get it. Why isn't it being handled as a hate crime?

Imagine what would happen -- and please, God, I pray it doesn't -- if, say, a synagogue experienced the theft or desecration of its Torah.

What if somebody stole into a mosque -- and please God, I pray nobody does -- and destroyed the Koran?

In Massachusetts and in the majority of these United States, such acts would be treated as hate crimes.

But when the very Essence of Catholicism is attacked, it's treated as a simple "larceny?"