Vandalism at Bronx church prompts call for harsher penalties

Local leaders in the Bronx want tougher penalties for vandals and thieves who target houses of worship. The call for harsher penalties comes after a statue at Saint Frances de Chantal in Throgs Neck was knocked over and broken last week. The vandals have not been caught. Members of the Anti-Defamation League say acts of hate occur are not j limited to just one religion. They say 219 cases of anti-Semitism were reported in the Bronx and city last year and nearly 40 percent of those incidents involved vandalism.

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