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Christian display at Daley Plaza vandalized

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The message is one of Divine Mercy, but this year the Jesus canvas erected at Daley Plaza has prompted an angry response. Someone has vandalized the display.

The vandalism happened sometime overnight. The 15-foot tall canvas display of Jesus had been pierced numerous times and the plexiglass coverings on the four information panels around it had been smashed.

“It's just a sad state,” Eulana Jones said. “The way that our world has become to where you will vandalize something as sacred as that.”

The Jesus display and the nearby cross are part of the Divine Mercy Project which went up on Good Friday and will be in Daley Plaza for nine days.

This is the fourth year the canvas painting has been here, but the cross has been displayed, with all the proper permits from the city, since 2007 and no one has ever damaged it.

“My first thoughts is we're doing something right, because as Christians we believe that if you're really living the Christian life you're gonna get some interference from the enemy,” Michael Sullivan of the Divine Mercy Project told FOX 32’s Craig Wall.

Michael Sullivan, with TheDivineMercyProject.org says he will be filing a police report and he expressed disappointment that someone was so angry they lashed out in this way.

He questions whether the nearby display by the Freedom From Religion Foundation might have prompted the vandalism.

“It creates and atmosphere whereby someone who may feel, who doesn't know better, may feel justified in doing an act of vandalism,” Sullivan continued..

Visitors to Daley Plaza said the defacement was uncalled for.

“As someone of the Jewish faith I find that offensive,” said Scott Garnick. “I think we should allow people to express their religion.”

“They've got to have a lot of hurt in them,” Luann Bloom adds. “There's something very sad and you've got to forgive them even though you don't know who it is.”

FOX 32 contacted the Freedom From Relgion Foundation and a spokeswoman said, even though they don't agree with the Jesus display, it was wrong for anyone to vandalize it -- and she didn't think there was any connection to their display being there this year for the first time.

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