by Steven Ertelt
January 25, 2005
Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) — In the latest incident of vandalism against a pro-life display, thousands of crosses set up on the campus of Louisiana State University to mourn the number of unborn children killed by abortion have been vandalized.
The incident happened over the weekend and LSU police have already identified those responsible. Major Ricky Adams told WBRZ-TV that charges might be filed against the culprits.
In all, about 3,000 of the crosses were destroyed and organizers say this isn’t’ the first time the cross display has been hit.
"This was just a silent protest," said one organizer told WBRZ. "This was not meant for people to just go out and do what they want. This was reserved. Everything was legit."
The vandalism follows similar acts in other states against cross displays meant as a memorial to unborn children who died from abortions.
Last week, in California, four men were arrested with vandalizing a cross display meant to memorialize the number of unborn children killed each year. The overturned 3,000 crosses put up by pro-life advocates from various churches in Redding.
" They tore them out of the ground. They threw some of them over the fence and onto the freeway," Steve Fitch, project coordinator for the Christian Life Center, said.
A pager led to the arrest of the four young men, all aged 19 or 20. They were booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and misdemeanor civil rights violations.
In Pennsylvania, a cross display erected by the Catholic Student Association appears to have been the subject of vandalism.
Ten members of the group put up the crosses to note the number of unborn children who have been killed via abortion and a sign explaining their significance on Sunday. By Monday they were all knocked down.