Sunday, December 24, 2006

 

California man sets self on fire in anti-religion protest

`A man doused himself with flammable liquid and set himself afire, apparently to protest against a California school district’s decision to change the names of winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter vacation.

The man suffered first-degree burns on his shoulders and arms Friday, Fire Department Capt. Garth Milam said.

He had a sign that read “(expletive) the religious establishment and KHSD,” said Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy John Leyendecker. On Thursday, the Kern High School Board of Trustees voted to change the names of the holiday breaks.

The man, whose name was not released, also set fire to a Christmas tree and flags in a public area, Milam said.’




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