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Blasphemy is a crime in Arizona???

Aug 30, 2014

Arizona Republic

While the actions of Eric Minerault may be a bit odd, last time I checked Arizona has a secular government and his disrespect for the Bible should be legal.


Police: Prescott man burned, urinated on Bible

The man was arrested in Prescott, police said he called himself "the dark lord."

Tyler Fingert, The Republic | azcentral.com 5:59 p.m. MST August 29, 2014

Prescott police say a man arrested for burning and urinating on a Bible outside of a mission referred to himself as the "dark lord" after his arrest.

A Prescott man was arrested on Thursday evening after police said he burned and then urinated on a Bible outside of a mission in Prescott, police said.

Eric Minerault, 22, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful symbol burning outside of the Gospel Rescue Mission on the 600 block of Lincoln Street, said Lt. Ken Morley, a Prescott police spokesman.

According to a Prescott police statement, officers were alerted of Minerault's actions by a representative of the mission, who said a man was burning something on the steps of the mission.

Minerault admitted to burning and urinating on the Bible, Morley said.

Police say when Minerault was being questioned about his intentions, he said he was "cursing the Christians" and then referred to himself as the "dark lord."

Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center on a Class 1 misdemeanor.