Suspicious Statute: Pa. Teen Faces Confinement Under Law Banning ‘Desecration’
It’s an unconstitutional statute in the US, and the statue in question isn’t a “venerated object” if Christians are following their bible correctly. It more likely falls into the category of “graven idol”.
A story has been making the rounds on social media concerning a 14-year-old boy in Everett, Pa., who posted on Facebook a photo of himself simulating a sex act with a statue of Jesus.
The teen, whose name has not been publicly released, stands accused of “desecration of a venerated object.” He is facing criminal charges and the possibility of two years in a juvenile facility.
The statue sits on private property in front of an organization called Love in the Name of Christ. The photo leaves no doubt that the boy climbed on the statue and engaged in behavior many would consider offensive.
Local media has reported that the teen is being charged under a 1972 statute that makes “desecration, theft or sale of a venerated object” a second-degree misdemeanor.
Pennsylvania law defines “desecration” as “defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating” an object “in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities” of anyone who learns about it.
Is what this teen did crude and immature? Unquestionably. Is it illegal? There’s room for doubt - plenty of it. It looks like the law in question is patently unconstitutional.