This story has been making the rounds on the pagan blogosphere since last night, and I absolutely had to make it known as well.
In Lithuania, a temple in the Nova Roma tradition for Jupiter Perennus (which, if I’m not mistaken, is a syncretic form of Jupiter with the Lithuanian thunder and lightning god Perkunas) has been attacked and desecrated by orthodox Christians, and its priest, Flamen Dialis Marcus Corvus, has been hospitalized from injuries sustained attempting to protect it. M. Horatius Piscinus, pontifex maximus, has the full story, Sannion’s coverage of it is here, and the Cultus Deorum Romanorum site (from which the photos in this entry derive) covers it here.
Needless to say, I’m horrified at this…but also, not at all surprised. With the way worldwide Christianity is progressing at present, particularly in some areas that don’t have the same views on religious liberty that the U.S. supposedly enshrines in its highest laws of the land, insecure Christians with something to prove (mostly to themselves, which is truly sad) feel the need to lash out at others. May their vandalism and intolerance be met with redoubled efforts on the part of the Flamen and his associates to honor their gods in the face of adversity, and may all of the gods of healing (perhaps including Ares) assist him in his recovery.