I am enraged and have not the words to express myself. So I will merely quote M. Horatius Piscinus:
It is therefore especially sad to learn that the Temple of Jupiter Perennus that is being built for our community in Poltava, Ukraine, was attacked last Monday night by a group of Orthodox Christians. Our chief priest of Jupiter, the Flamen Dialis Marcus Corvus was injured while defending the altar of Jupiter and has been hospitalized. This comes after news that another Christian band attacked a Romuva sanctuary in Lithuania. Even here in Ohio, some years ago, Christians attacked a sanctuary that was erected by a CUUPS group on the grounds of a Unitarian church in Fairlawn, a suburb of Akron. While sad to hear such events continue today, it is no shock to learn of them. Not when ministers like John Hagey preach that “Tolerance is a sin,” when Pat Robertson, among others, blamed the 9/11 attacks on pagans, or when Rev. Billingsly, the former minister of the Akron Baptist Temple, once preached from the pulpit to his congregation that they ought to burn pagans at the stake. Such is the face of the “New Christianity” that we are met with each day, and now it has touched my friend Corvus and his family.
Even worse, Piscinus is facing serious health problems himself and will be going in for surgery this coming Monday.
May the gods watch over and bless both this man and his people, especially those willing to fight on behalf of their temples.
UPDATE: I just found this post which includes pictures of the desecrated temple. Truly disgusting.
UPDATE II: This is not an isolated incident. Kenaz Filan has compiled information on other religiously motivated crimes in the Ukraine.