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Vandals steal manger, Baby Jesus, Wise Man and all

What kind of person would steal Baby Jesus? Or decapitate a camel? What wise guy would swipe a Wise Man?

What kind of person would steal Baby Jesus? Or decapitate a camel? What wise guy would swipe a Wise Man?

Godless grinches with no respect for the sacred symbols of Christmas, that’s who.

That’s the opinion of crèche keepers whose nativity scenes are violated by vandals. It happens every year as figures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus take their places in outdoor depictions of the biblical story of the birth of God’s son.

“It’s almost always Baby Jesus that gets taken,” sighs Joanne McGarry, executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League, who regularly hears reports about theft and damage to religious symbols. “A lot more displays are using Plexiglas for protection.”

But even that doesn’t always work. The Nativity scene in front of Toronto’s Old City Hall courthouse, a popular target, had its front panel smashed this month. Other years, its Baby Jesus disappeared, and lights and wiring were destroyed.

McGarry is disturbed that tradition is under attack. “It’s really nice to see religious symbols in public places. That’s what Christmas is all about.”

Surveillance cameras didn’t stop a group of young people from waltzing off with a two-metre Wise Man from a Whitby church a couple of weeks ago.

“We have faces but no names. It was a bunch of people goofing off,” says Rick Barnes, council chair of Brooklin United Church. “It’s disappointing. The $150 plus the labour to replace it could be better used to go to a shelter or food bank.”

 
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