Beliefs Thursday’s Religion News Roundup: Francis Frustration * Snake Handler TV * Statue Defaced By Lauren Markoe | August 8, 2013 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Beliefs Subscribe to Beliefs Photo courtesy of Leonard Zhukovsky via Shutterstock Statue of Pee Wee Reese putting his arm around Jackie Robinson, depicting the moment in 1947 when Reese signaled to a hostile crowd that Robinson, the first black player in major league baseball, was one of the team. The statue, outside a Coney Island minor league field, was defaced this week with a swastika and racial and anti-Semitic slurs. Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.Traditional Catholics are unsettled because Pope Francis isn't speaking out against abortion and gay marriage. Snake handlers get their own reality show. And a Jackie Robinson statue is defaced with swastikas.