Boca Raton Secular Displays Vandalized Yet Again

Boca Raton Secular Displays Vandalized Yet Again

Two secular displays in Boca Raton, Florida came under attack for the eighth time (since the beginning of December 2016) over the three day New Years weekend. Despite an ongoing police investigation relating to the previous attacks on the displays, one or more persons attempted to destroy the displays placed in Sanborn Square Park.

Boca Raton Secular Displays Vandalized Yet Again

Source: CBS 12

CBS 12 reported on the newest incident:

 It’s happened again. In the wee hours of the morning, someone once again vandalized a holiday religious display symbolizing devil worship at a Boca Raton park.

Since it went on display at Sanborn Square in early December this pentagram has attracted attention. It’s also attracted vandals, who simply cannot leave it alone.

CBS 12 went on to interview locals who either didn’t understand why the displays were allowed in a public park next to a Christian nativity or who blatantly didn’t care that the display was vandalized because they disagreed with the non-Christian message. Only a handful of people noted the display is not only constitutionally-protected, but should be respected because not everyone shares the same beliefs.

The latest attack on the two displays occurred sometime overnight Sunday night / Monday morning around 2am local time.

The displays – a secular banner sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and a  pentagram sponsored by a local church and state activist – have both been the target of religious prejudice for weeks following the purchase of permits and placement of displays on public land next to a Christian nativity (which was left unscathed).

While the Boca Raton police previously stated they may be investigating the ongoing attacks against the displays as a religious hate crime, they haven’t announced any leads or suspects in their investigation let alone future actions. That paired with the fact that the displays are set to be removed this week (on January 6) offers the potential that no one will be held accountable for the costly destruction and religious harassment of non-Christians in the Boca Raton community.

[H/T Friendly Atheist]


Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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