- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2016

A defaced statue of Jesus in Germany’s Münster region adds to a list of dozens of Christian symbols that have been targeted in the country over the past two years.

German state broadcaster WDR, Bild, and other outlets have chronicled a spate of anti-Christian vandalism that has taken place since 2014. The website Lokalzeit Münsterland added to the list on Dec. 8 by covering investigations into the latest crime.

“Based on the intensity of the acts of the perpetrator, one can already conclude that this act has a religious background,” said Mirko Stein of the Münster police, conservative news site Heat Street translated Thursday.

Mr. Stein added that locals are “shocked and scared” of the newfound animosity.

The latest round of attacks on Christian symbols comes just months after Bild covered 40 other instances, ranging from a smashed angel statue in Dülmen-Weddern to similar destruction of a Virgin Mary statue at Agatha Church in Dülmen-Rorup.

“Six men who had obviously been assigned to the Islamic scene had been targeted by the investigators,” the newspaper reported Aug. 11. “The investigation was stopped at that time, since three of the suspects had gone to Syria, one died, and another with an unknown address.”

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• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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