ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nativity scenes, menorahs and other outdoor religious displays just got some more protection from vandals in New York.

A new law makes it a felony in New York to deface the displays and cemeteries outside of houses of worship.

State Senator Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx and Westchester said the law was aimed at protecting the sacredness of property outside. Defacing scrolls, vestments and other religious items inside a house of worship is already a felony.

Klein, who is Jewish, says the law is aimed at vandals who previously faced only a misdemeanor for damaging outdoor items.

The new law is a Class E felony for damage over $100. It would be punishable by more than a year in prison.

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Comments (3)
  1. jtorres says:

    There are just certain things you don’t do. There is no excuse or defense. It may have not been a felony before but vandalizing or destroying any part of any house of worship will bring some really funky karma your way

  2. Fred says:

    This may not be enough to slow the breakdown of society.

  3. C.J. says:

    Wow!! And a priest who molests a child does not even get a year in prison…

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