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Vandals target crosses in French cemetery

Acts of vandalism occurred in the Gard, a department in Southern France, located in the Occitanie region, as the world's Christian community mourns after the attacks of 21 April in Sri Lanka.

Published: April 23, 2019, 8:23 am

    Easter weekend ended sadly for Christians in France. On April 21, in the middle of Easter Sunday, several churches in Sri Lanka were targeted in bomb attacks perpetrated by island authorities by the Islamist group NTJ .

    The next day, Monday, about sixty crosses, erected on the graves of the cemetery of Saint-Julien-de-Cassagnas, near Ales (Gard), were broken and thrown on the ground, reported French conservative outlet 20 Minutes.

    On the night of Sunday to Monday, a individual who had come to visit a grave site, noted the damage and informed the authorities. Some crosses were “placed upside down or arranged in a strange way,” according to the regional daily Midi libre.

    An investigation was opened and investigations were conducted to identify any clues as to the perpetrator (s).

    Christian symbols have been targeted in recent months. At the beginning of February, as pointed out by Ouest-France, no less than five churches were targeted in one week, at Maisons-Laffitte and Houilles (Yvelines), Dijon (Côte-d’Or), Nîmes (Gard) and Lavaur (Tarn).

    Arson, broken statues, overthrown hosts … no damage to the buildings had been spared. At the time, the spokesman of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF), Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, expressed his rage over the fact “that we have most beautiful and most valuable, the body of Christ, trampled”.

    According to LCI, there were 1 063 attacks on Christian sites in France in 2018, almost three per day, compared to only 541 anti-Semitic acts and 100 anti-Muslim acts.

    France’s National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said her thoughts were with “persecuted Christians around the world” who are “targeted for their faith” in the aftermath of the attack on Christians in Sri Lanka.

    The BBC reported in the aftermath however that “Muslims were left nervous and afraid”. Christians are a minority in Sri Lanka.

    Following the slaughter of nearly 300 Christians by Islamic terrorists, the mainstream media is more concerned about “right-wing anger” and “violence against Muslims”.

    An article published by Brtish media outlet LBC unequivocally noted that the Sri Lanka massacre “may lead to further violence against Muslims”.

    In reality, some 105 churches are burned or attacked monthly, with an average of 345 Christians killed for faith-related reasons per month.

    The Daily Caller’s editor pointed out a pattern of a “far-right” blame from the Washington Post after recent events, including the New Zealand terror attack and the recent fire that severely damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

    “The phrase ‘far-right’ is a click magnet for left-of-center audiences,” the editor tweeted.

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