A Louisiana man was arrested Thursday after causing extensive damage to a Catholic church, which Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy called “the latest episode of attacks on those who believe” in an exclusive statement to the Daily Caller.
Chandler Johnson, 23, spent nearly two hours vandalizing the outside property of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Tioga, Louisiana, according to KALB.
Video showed the suspected vandal destroying planters, statues, and stained glass windows, and attempted to destroy the church’s statue of the Virgin Mary, parish officer manager Tara Christen told Town Talk. The suspect was “in a rage,” and did not enter the building, Christen added.
If you need any more proof that evil does in fact exist in this world, look no further than this despicable act of hate against Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Tioga. I pray that those responsible for this crime are held fully accountable.https://t.co/exBriBxIT0
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) September 13, 2020
Cassidy told the Caller that if the church needs help replacing all it lost, “we must assist.”
This act is the latest episode of attacks on those who believe. But in darkness, light shines brighter.