Jewish Journal

Head stolen from Jesus statute

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 8, 2010 | 12:20 pm

When I saw the headline for this story, I could immediately hear General Disarray saying, “Simpsons did it! Simpsons did it!”

For the second time in about a year, a statue of Jesus outside a Tinley Park store that sells religious items has been vandalized.

The 40-inch concrete statue at Our Lady of Perpetual Help was tipped over and broken late Thursday or early Friday.

Last year, store owner Bill O’Brien was able to repair the statue. That won’t be easy to do this time because the vandals “stole the statue’s head.”

“Last year, I was able to fix the statue because the head was still here. I can’t fix it without the head,” O’Brien said. “It’s mighty annoying. I don’t think it’s an anti-religion thing. It’s more along the lines of evil,” O’Brien said.

Evil ... that’s not a word you often associate with vandalism, and I don’t think this act automatically takes on a different tone because the target was a statute of Jesus. But O’Brien’s assessment still sounds about right, even if the Bart wanna-bes wouldn’t share that belief.

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