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A photo shows a vandalized Value Them Both banner outside the Didde Catholic Campus Center Tuesday.

The Emporia Police Department has logged four reports of stolen political signs since June.

According to Captain Ray Mattas, the stolen signs were “Vote Yes” signs associated with the Aug. 2 constitutional amendment regarding abortion.

“No reports of stolen ‘Vote No’ signs” have been made, he said.

Mattas said reports of vandalism have not yet been made to the police department, however the Didde Catholic Campus Center posted a photo to its Instagram account this week showing a pro-amendment banner had been vandalized.

The photo shows the word “No” spray painted in black paint across the banner.

“The Didde Catholic Campus Center’s Value Them Both sign was vandalized overnight,” the church said on its Instagram page. “Thanks be to God no other vandalism to our campus. To whoever did this we forgive you, but we wont [sic] be silenced or intimidated.”

No arrests have been made in Emporia. And Emporia is not the only Kansas town reporting stolen signs or vandalism.

According to the Manhattan Mercury, Manhattan police had taken three reports and fielded one complaint since June 1 of stolen or defaced campaign signs, all of them backing the constitutional amendment on abortion.

No arrests or citations have been made.

In Overland Park, police confirmed they were investigating vandalism that occurred over the weekend at the Ascension Catholic School, which adjoins the Church of Ascension in Overland Park.

On Sunday morning, the words “My body my choice” were discovered written in red paint across Ascension Catholic School, which adjoins the Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, along with the words, “F- — your dirty $.” A statue of the Virgin Mary was also splattered with red paint.

Mattas said in Emporia, this type of vandalism is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in county jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

(31) comments

Fremon

Property Value Loss: $0.00-... Political Fodder: Priceless-

Ricky

Hmmm you must have a warped sense of value in money along with the warped sense of value and being OK with killing innocent unborn babies and have no say.

Fremon

We're similar in many ways, Ricky. it's just that your idea of this single-cell human life form that you cling to is really out there. I, and most Americans believe that "It may become, or it never was to be" a fellow human being. I'm sure that no one, including NASA enjoys aborting a project, When everything isn't going right, it's may well be the lesser evil. It's Complicated!!! And it's not your call.

Ricky

🙄🤷‍♂️ comparing aborting and innocent baby to aborting NASA project.

Dilly919

Gallup has done polling on political party affiliation vis a vis abortion.

67% of Republicans believe that abortion should be legal only “under certain circumstances” (i.e. Kansas Senate bill 95 which became law, but was invalidated by the Hodes decision and a subsequent appellate court decision, which opened the door to the 450 dilation and evacuation (dismemberment) abortions performed each year in Kansas. The Gallup polling data revealed that 57% of Democrats believe that abortion should be available under any circumstance.

Further, Gallup data reveals that 70% of Republicans identify as pro life. On the other hand, 88% of Democrats identify as pro choice. Of that 88%, about six in ten believe abortion should be legal in any circumstance, with about 4 in ten who believe it should only legal in some circumstances.

Of course party affiliation matters when it comes to an issue like abortion. As to who vandalizing the “vote yes” signs in Emporia, it would be good to ask oneself if a pro life Republican would be the culprit or if a pro choice Democrat would be the culprit. It would also be good to ask if a pro life Republican would vandalize a sign in support of a view he or she holds for the sympathy value it would produce. That view is nonsense, nothing but a red herring, being propagated by some who fear that the Value Them Both amendment just might win the day in August.

https://news.gallup.com/poll/246278/abortion-trends-party.aspx

Ricky

Very well said.

Fremon

I have to believe that many issues "belong" to one party. The Abortion Rights issue is generally with the Democrats; Gun Control - Democrats ... Taking a Pandemic seriously- Democrats...Corporate Accountability - Climate Crisis - Gay Rights - Racial Equality - and Human Rights in general - Democrats. We do what we can.

Ricky

Too bad you’re mostly failing in what you’re wanting to control in everybody’s lives.

Aim_High

Again, Ricky... "Pro-choice" is not a political party.

""Someone who is Republican and pro choice defacing a pro-life sign means he’s a pro choice person."" WOW Ricky, super insightful! Still doesn't mean that person belongs to any specific "political party."

""I don’t care what party that person is from, I realize how you can get confused thinking that a republican who is pro-choice is still on the pro-life side"" Ricky... you are getting SO CLOSE to finally understanding... My original reply to SAIL was that abortion is not an issue of "political party", it's about "Pro-choice or Pro-life." Blaming Democrats for vandalism is silly when a sizable portion of Republicans are pro-choice. It's not as complicated as you're making it. I'm not sure where you where you came up with be being confused about a pro-choice Republican being pro-life. That really makes zero sense.

""being such an extremist liberal you can’t stand even having a Republican agree with you on one issue. You only see all Republicans as Trumpets. So sad."" A good chunk of Republicans DO agree with me on one issue; abortion... but again, those Republicans are still Republicans. They're not suddenly Democrats because they're pro-choice.

Ricky

I really like how you just make up stuff about me trying to make you look good. I know pro death and pro life is not a political party issue. It’s basically an issue of the people who approve life are for saving unborn helpless babies the people who are approach choice are okay with killing all those babies. Simple that I know you want to make it harder than that but it’s that simple.

Aim_High

Lol, this entire back and forth was me arguing that pro-life/pro-choice is not a Republican/Democrat thing. Glad you finally understand.

Dayindayout

Remember the vandalism to the Trump signs which included arson? Same crap, different subject. Bottom line, if it isn't your property, don't touch it.

Fremon

My Gosh, I do hope that everyone is OK! Dangerous Times!

CaptainKerfuffle

It wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't the Yes people who defaced their own signs to help drive their narrative.

Ricky

Yeah, I’m sure that is what probably happened. I’m sure somebody out there has the percentages on Weather pro-choice people deface their own property. Be sure to get those facts from extreme liberal websites.🙄

Aim_High

Just yesterday a man made his first court appearance for lighting his own camper on fire, defaced his own garage by writing "Biden 2020" and "BLM" in spray paint to appear targeted due to his Trump flag, and then filing a $300K claim with his insurance.

https://www.cbsnews.com/minnesota/news/denis-molla-brooklyn-center-arson-charges/

Ricky

There we go I told you somebody would come up with those Facts. Just call him AIM the fax man.

Ricky

I’m sure that that’s never happened to a liberal pulling the same stunt. Plus what does that have anything to do with pro-choice pro life agendas. Pro-choice is death to babies pro life is life to babies. Someone defacing their home protesting Biden is a joke for a comparison. But that’s usually what you come up with. Aimless

Aim_High

"It wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't the Yes people who defaced their own signs to help drive their narrative."

"Just yesterday a man made his first court appearance for lighting his own camper on fire, defaced his own garage by writing "Biden 2020" and "BLM" in spray paint to appear targeted due to his Trump flag, and then filing a $300K claim with his insurance."

It's not rocket science Ricky...but I'm here to help! The comparison is about the possibility of someone playing the victim to try and grow support for their cause. Sometimes activists "attack" themselves to appear as victims and gain support. That Smollett guy also comes to mind. Their agenda is irrelevant in this comparison. It's possible the YES sign was vandalized by a member of this church. It's possible the person responsible didn't want to damage their own church, so they only only painted on the sign.

I also see you're back to your "both sides do it" excuses... sad. It's always wrong to makes excuses for criminals, no matter what side they're on. Maybe they teach Catholics different, who knows.

Ricky

It’s also possible the world will come to an end. Better have your ducks in a row everyone, Aims saying anything could happen.

sail

Is anyone surprised,,,, this is the same political party that supports the urban renewal after a blm gathering and antifa freedom marches!!!!

Aim_High

42% of Republicans support legal abortion during the first trimester, 36% of Republicans identified as "pro-choice," and 70% agreed that abortion should be legal in some (56%) or all (14%) circumstances.

77% of Americans overall support Roe v Wade.

Your assumption that Democrats must have done it is cute though.

Ricky

Ya you could be right, it could have been a pro death republican doesn’t change what side did it though.

Aim_High

The comment I replied to was referring to a "political party"

I've never seen "pro-life" as a choice on my voter registration.

Ricky

I guess you can’t see the difference well let me help you, someone who is Republican and pro choice defacing a pro-life sign means he’s a pro choice person. I don’t care what party that person is from, I realize how you can get confused thinking that a republican who is pro-choice is still on the pro-life side, being such an extremist liberal you can’t stand even having a Republican agree with you on one issue. You only see all Republicans as Trumpets. So sad.

Mom of Three

Not surprised it was only the YES signs that were stolen and vandalized. These are the same type of people that protest anything that "offends" them. SMH

burn'n daylight

What offends me is that the baby killers have to be not in Christ. I am not against abortion, what I am against is waiting so long that the baby has a life. Pulling the baby apart, I can't say anything else...

Ricky

Interesting, no reports of any vandalism or stolen signs of no votes. So far all vandalism and stolen signs are yes signs. Interesting I thought someone was quoted as saying that that happens both ways. This article fails to mention that Sacred Heart sign was horribly vandalized with disgusting writings on it. They were just too Forgiving to have called it in.

Aim_High

Probably a disgruntled parishioner. The majority of U.S. Catholics say abortion should be legal in most cases.

Ricky

That’s total BS

Aim_High

65% of people who identify as catholic are pro-choice. I know that's probably shocking for an extremist like yourself to hear... but facts are facts.

To get even more specific, 36% of Catholics who attend church at least twice a month (bible bangers) are also pro-choice.

The Church itself however is pro-life, with zero exceptions.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_and_the_Catholic_Church_in_the_United_States

I can't remember if wikipedia was on your list of "extremist liberal websites" or not lol. Sources cited at the bottom, as always.

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