Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 31, 2022 / 16:05 pm
A group of Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday condemning what they described as the Department of Justice’s inaction over the steady rise of anti-Catholic attacks and hate crimes.
The letter, authored by Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan, who is Catholic, and co-signed by 19 other GOP members, called out Garland’s failure to respond to the increase in vandalism and other attacks on Catholic churches and institutions since May 2020.
“Millions of Christians are under assault for merely exercising their constitutional right to freely practice their religion,” the letter reads. “We are forced to wonder if your Department of Justice will ever address the over one hundred crimes against Christian holy sites in America.”
One such crime happened in May of this year when a tabernacle was stolen from inside St. Augustine Church in Brooklyn, New York. The Holy Eucharist was also desecrated and statues on either side of the tabernacle were decapitated.