July 30, 2013

Woman charged with paint vandalism at Washington National Cathedral

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The Bethlehem Chapel and Organ at the Washington National Cathedral were defaced with green paint Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy Washington National Cathedral

The Bethlehem Chapel and Organ at the Washington National Cathedral were defaced with green paint Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy Washington National Cathedral

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(RNS) A 58-year-old woman was arrested after two chapels in the Washington National Cathedral were defaced with green paint Monday (July 29) afternoon.

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  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    She’s undoubtedly psychotic. Arresting her is fine, I guess, but I hope she’s referred for the appropriate treatment. I doubt if the bishop and clergy of the cathedral want her imprisoned.

  • This is a terrible thing when people destroy property and national icons.

    While it does not sound religiously motivated (the other 2 attacks were at non-religious sites), *all* such destruction is disturbing.

  • Celinda Scott

    What the Washington Cathedral, the Lincoln Memorial, and the statue of the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution have in common is the expression of ideals, but in three different fields: spiritual, social, and scientific. I would like to know more about the person who painted the thin green streaks on them, and if the symbols on one of them make any sense to a cryptologist or someone with an extensive knowledge of languages and symbols.