Trump Signs Bill Expanding Criminal Code on Church Vandalism to Protect Religious Nonprofits

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President Donald J. Trump . (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

(Worthy News) - President Donald Trump has signed a new bill into law to increase punishments for miscreants who damage or destroy the properties of churches or religiously affiliated organizations.

Introduced by Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch last May, The Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017 amends the federal criminal code to "broaden the scope" of what is considered prohibited when it comes to intentionally defacing, damaging or destroying religious property.

The law also increases a criminal penalty for actions that result in the damage or destruction of religious property that exceeds $5,000 in damages. Such violations are punishable by a fine and prison term of up to three years in prison. [ Source: Christian Post (Read More...) ]

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