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Vandals damage Jesus statue at Goldsboro area church

Posted May 8, 2013

— Wayne County sheriff’s deputies have charged two Goldsboro men accused of vandalizing a statute of Jesus outside a church in Four Oaks.

Joseph Thompson Siler II, of the 1100 block of Dobbersville Road, and Steve Hardy Futch Jr., 16, of the 300 block of Selah Church Road, are each charged with injury to personal property. They were both held on a $500 secured bond.

Deputies received a report about the damage to the statue outside Selah Christian Church on Tuesday. They said numerous calls and tips from the community led to the arrests.


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  • pja1357 May 9, 2013

    Glad they were caught and I hope they are severely punished. This is just crazy that anyone would go to a church and do something like this.

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  • dwntwnboy2 May 9, 2013

    "THINK what would happen if this was a statue of "The Prophet"- there is no such thing as a statue of "The Prophet" in Islam as ANY images of humans are forbidden- very strictly in some nations. Want to cause a problem, CREATE a statue of their prophet and see what happens!! LOL

  • independent_thinker May 9, 2013

    To the issue of extremist Christians.

    Pat Robertson, Christian Mullah, on his fatwa against Hugo Chavez:

    "I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop."

  • Obamacare survives May 9, 2013

    My guess is "NO" to all of the above. Now THINK what would happen if this was a statue of "The Prophet".


  • lrakydarb2 May 9, 2013

    Rebelyell55, so if there WAS a statue of "The Prophet" AND it was vandalized, would that mean that there would be TWICE the amount of carnage and destruction?

  • sinenomine May 9, 2013

    The depiction of the prophet in art is widely misunderstood. At various times and places it has been permitted to depict Mohammed in art and there are scholarly articles on the internet some of which reproduce examples of such. For that matter it was for a while in the early history of Christianity considered by some to be sinful to portray Jesus in art because it was thought to be akin to worshipping a graven image. Ideas like this evolve and it is a mistake to imagine that what is true in our own time and our own place is representative of what has always been so.

  • mrr03 May 9, 2013

    Beelzebub is buzy creating situation like this.

  • Rebelyell55 May 9, 2013

    @Irakydarb2..... There wouldn't be a status of the "The Prophet" since they don't allow his "image" to be projected in painting, cartoons etc. But your point is well taken.

  • lrakydarb2 May 9, 2013

    THANK YOU sinenomine!!