Do we have enoug h churches? Apparently not. We have only 1000, one short of Ani of 1001 churches fame.
Seems like this is the source of the story from LA Times..
Glendale News Press
Armenian church vandalized
Glendale man allegedly smashed a monument at St. Mary's with a sledgehammer.
By Veronica Rocha, email@example.com
August 12, 2010
SOUTH GLENDALE — A 23-year-old Glendale man who allegedly used a sledgehammer to smash a sacred monument outside St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church could face felony vandalism charges, police said.
Victor Petrescu was arrested about 10 a.m. Tuesday after he was seen using a sledgehammer to break off pieces from the church's monument on the 500 block of South Central Avenue, causing roughly $80,000 in damage, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Petrescu told police he was Jewish, and that "it said in the Bible he must destroy sacred pillars," Lorenz said.
The act was not a hate crime because Lorenz said detectives have questioned his mental stability.
Petrescu on Wednesday allegedly changed his initial story, telling police that he was Christian, Lorenz said.
Church staff and congregants saw Petrescu and tried stopping him, but he didn't answer as he raised the sledgehammer and cracked the monument, the Rev. Ardak Demirjian said.
When they called out to him, Petrescu reportedly turned and showed them his sledgehammer, so they backed away, Demirjian added.
The monument was donated to the church more than 10 years ago and commemorates the day 1,700 years ago that Armenians adopted Christianity, he said.
Church officials are still trying to determine how they will repair the monument since its one piece of stone with intricate carvings, Demirjian said.
"Any vandalism caused to something is sad for all the people, all nations and all religions," he said. "If he is not normal, we pray for him."
Petrescu listed the Bible and "Jerusalem in Prophecy" as his books of interest on his MySpace page.
Detectives were slated to present evidence of alleged vandalism today to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file charges.
"It would be very nice to get this guy off the streets and put him away," Lorenz said.
If Petrescu is charged, he will likely be arraigned by Friday.
Why are Armenian sources highlighting the assumption that he is yewish?
How is one NUT different from another, regardless of their religion?
We rememeber this;
This article uses the Western name
Pietà by MichelangeloLaszlo Toth (László Tóth in Hungarian) (born 1940), is an Hungarian-born Australian geologist. He achieved worldwide notoriety when he vandalised Michelangelo's Pietà statue on May 21, 1972. Toth was not charged with any criminal offence after the incident. He was hospitalised in Italy for two years. On his release, he was immediately deported to Australia, where he apparently still resides.
Observe above that he changed his story of being yewish to being Christian. A nut is a nut is a nut. How does a madman own a sledgehammer? Did he buy it at Armen’s hardware store?
None of the Armenian sources allude to the fact that he changed his “story” from yewish to Christian.
News AM http://news.am/eng/news/27643.html
Jew smashed khachkar in Glendale
The arrested Petrescu told police the Bible says “he must destroy sacred pillars”, Glendale police sergeant Tom Lorenz Lorenz said. On August 11, Petrescu claimed he is Christian. The act of vandalism was not considered a hate crime, as the police questioned Petrescu’s mental stability, the source says.
Armenian church vandalized: Jewish man smashes sacred monument
Getting back to the “madman at the church”. Why did not anyone kill him? Why did not anyone show him wht to do the handle of that sledgehammer?
Petrescu told police he was Jewish, and that "it said in the Bible he must destroy sacred pillars."
Reminds one an old storry- “There is a madman at the bath.”
The Armenian village of Baghnis was terrorized, the entire village had not had a bath in weeks. A madman at the entrance of the bathhouse had been terrorizing the entire population. Until Haikanoush heard about it, and she said “huh!!, a madman!! “? She picked up a (baseball) bat and promised to come back. She came back and said “there is no madman at the bathhouse!!!”
Edited by Arpa, 12 August 2010 - 11:40 AM.