I remember an account of an individual attacking the statuary in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark NJ not so very long ago. No description was posted in the press but he was quoted as saying that the statues were "Against my religion," as he was carted off. I was never able to find any follow up reporting.
Like many reactionaries, I have deep qualms about Hate Crime Legislation. Ideally, there should be no such legal category. If we are all equal under the same law, the concept of special laws for any one particular group cannot help elevate one group over others.
It's good to see hate crime law applied to actions against the majority for a change.