Vandals target Collinsville church on Easter Sunday

Collinsville police are investigating a case of church vandalism after someone spray-painted offensive markings on the front of the Gathering Place Church in the 2000 block of Keebler Road.

Church members discovered the vandalism just hours before Easter services, which also happened to be the first services in the church’s new home. The church purchased the building from the Collinsville Jaycees last month. Since then, an army of volunteers has been working day and night getting the church ready in time for Easter Services.

In the end, the church community did celebrate Easter. But only after an hour of additional early morning clean-up work on the church’s brand new siding.

Collinsville police say they’ll likely investigate the vandalism as a hate crime.

Oakland Cathedral attack officially ruled as a hate crime….

The Oakland Police Department officially ruled the graffiti attack on the Ascension Cathedral a hate crime yesterday, prompting a more rigorous investigation than would otherwise be applied. Ultimately, it also allows harsher penalties to be applied if the perpetrators are apprehended.

The community has also taken a step forward. The epithets and vulgarities were expected to be removed from the walls

Hate messages scrawled on Los Angeles area church by vandals

LOS ANGELES — Vandals have scrawled blasphemous graffiti on a suburban Los Angeles church.

Los Angeles police  says the spray-painted graffiti at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tarzana was discovered shortly after dawn on March 31, 2010.

It’s being treated as a hate crime by the multi-agency House of Worship Task Force, which includes local and federal investigators.

Detectives say there are at least 10 messages scrawled on walls and doors, including “Revelation 666,” “Satan Lives” and “False Messiah.”