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by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Defacing Church Property

§ 7.12
Key point 7-12. Federal law makes it a crime to intentionally deface, damage, or destroy religious property because of the religious character of that property. Many states have enacted similar laws.

Federal law makes it a crime to intentionally deface, damage, or destroy any religious property because of the religious character of that property.[215] 18 U.S.C. § 247. The offense must affect interstate commerce. The same law makes it a crime to intentionally deface, damage, or destroy any religious property "because of the race, color, or ethnic characteristics of any individual associated with that religious property."[216] Id. Religious property is defined to include "any church, synagogue, mosque, religious cemetery, or other religious ...

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