Officials at Saint John’s Cathedral want to build a new security fence around the church’s property in Downtown Fresno, California.
“’Since 2010, St. John’s Cathedral has amassed nearly $60,000 in property damage from what can only be described as religious persecution or hate crimes,” the statement says. “The financial and emotional damage to the cathedral as well as its parishioners and staff has been horrendous. Currently, overnight security has been hired as a temporary measure at a substantial cost. Most damage is so extreme that we have had to install security doors, cameras and screens throughout the property. This has created a financial hardship for the parish/diocese. The cathedral has also suffered numerous thefts as well as damage to historic artifacts that can never be replaced.’”