Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fundamental rights and wrongs - the police issues behind Proposition 8

Yes, the police issues. In my mrontemp blog, I've run general-interest posts about the legal and religious issues surrounding Proposition 8. But I uncovered another story that hits closer to home.

From the October 16 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

CHINO HILLS - About 300 signs supporting Proposition 8 were stolen Tuesday from the St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church courtyard.

The signs - which were piled loosely in the courtyard at 14085 Peyton Drive - were there for parishioners to take home to place in their yards, said Josie Dumdum, St. Paul the Apostle director of ministries....

The stolen signs were not visible from the street, and the thieves would have had to gone onto church property to take them, Dumdum said.

Church officials said they have filed a report with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The crime is considered grand theft because of the amount of signs taken.

Sheriff's Sgt. Rick Swigert with the Chino Hills station confirmed the theft Thursday afternoon.

Swigert estimated that the signs were stolen between Monday and Wednesday nights.


Signs supporting the proposition...were vandalized at the Solid Ground Church of Brethren & Christ in Rancho Cucamonga.

Senior Pastor Ron Graff of the Rancho Cucamonga church said after attending a pro-Proposition 8 meeting at an Ontario restaurant, he discovered a "No on Prop. 8" label placed on his vehicle.

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