A mentally unstable man desecrated a statue of Mary and St. Anne, and in the shootout that followed wounded some police officers. This happened in Queens Village, NY, which is just over the county line from Elmont, where I grew up.
A few years ago on Long Island a priest was shot while celebrating Mass. It was covered in the local media, but not too much was made over it.
In both cases, the perpetrator was obviously deranged. But somehow, the fact that their derangement centered on hatred of Catholicism was not an issue. I can't help but wonder if the media would treat these incidents differently if another religion were involved.