Jesus Statue Torched in St. Paul…
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Tuan Pham, a devout Catholic, fled Viet Nam where he said he was jailed for his religious beliefs.
Taun came to America for the opportunity to worship without fear of reprisal.
He didn’t expect this.
Kare11 reported –
Tuan Pham says he was just looking for a peaceful place to put his catholic-based prayer garden. He had a 7 foot Jesus statue custom made in his native Vietnam. He put it in his backyard, overlooking the Mississippi River and the St. Paul skyline.
Pham says he woke up Sunday morning to a wall of flames around his statue. “Right now I’m thinking and praying very hard,” he said a few hours later. Family members say someone took wood from Pham’s pile and placed it at the base of the statue before lighting it on fire. “You can see evidence on the ground, there’s an aerosol can,” Pham’s son-in-law Dao Phan said.
It may have burned for awhile; Pham’s daughter took pictures of her father trying to knock down the flames. Fire investigators were going over the garden a few hours later. If they find evidence of arson, they are expected pass the case on to police.
“It pains me, it’s very upsetting. This means a lot to him. This is where he finds joy and where he spends a lot of his time,” Phan said about his retired father-in-law.
The statue took months to ship. It is a replica of a massive one Pham helped build more than 40 years ago in his hometown of Vung Tau, Vietnam. Pham says he was jailed for his catholic beliefs before he fled the country for Minnesota.