Nihilo sanctum estne (Is nothing sacred)?
The philosophical Latin question takes on new meaning as vandals continue to destroy and deface statues, from Christopher Columbus and George Washington, to Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
Meanwhile, churches are being torched under suspicious circumstances and city leaders are all too eager to stay mum on the subject, lest they face the wrath of the mob as well.
Here’s the hard truth: the destruction is appalling.
Blatant disregard for the law is an easy way to grab headlines and spark charged dialogue about history and race relations, but it’s hard to see any lasting benefit of such dangerous and incendiary acts.
Italian Sons and Daughters of America Vice President John M. Viola writes:
“This is NOT peaceful protest, this is anti-Catholic and anti-religious wanton destruction. Over the past week there have been a number of attacks on statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and multiple churches throughout the nation.
In Dorchester, Mass., outside of Boston, a statue of the Blessed Virgin was set on fire, and vandals attacked a statue of the Virgin Mary at Cathedral Prep School and Seminary in Queens, N.Y.
In addition to the attacks on the statues, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, Fla. was set aflame while parishioners were INSIDE preparing for morning Mass, and a fire ravaged the San Gabriel mission in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a 249-year-old mission and a ‘historic cornerstone and the spiritual heart of Los Angeles and the Catholic community [there].’
Also this weekend, San Diego police officials said that a fire at Calvary Baptist church at 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning was ‘suspicious’ and was being investigated by the department’s Metro Arson Strike Team.”
These criminals and flash mobs should be ashamed, in part, because they’ve hijacked and undercut peaceful protests aimed at racial equality.
Anyone can topple a statue or burn down a sacred structure, but the chaos does little to advance their cause.
As these agitators rant and rave about injustice, they ought to consider how historians will judge them in the coming years.