Anti-clericalism is rising throughout the US. While mostly Catholic priests have been attacked, it is not limited to them, as an Eastern Orthodox Abbot was attacked while at a gas station by a random man, who punched him in the face before fleeing according to a report:
A monk from Vashon Island Abbot Tryphon was assaulted at a Mobil Gas station at around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16. in Burien.
According to the King County Sheriff Tryphon was pumping gas at the station at 303 SW 148th Street when a white male approached him and made a comment, “How is Trump?” The victim responded with “how should I know?”, then the suspect punched him once on the side of his face, knocking him to the ground.
The suspect fled the area. He was described as white, 5’10, with a thin build, in his 30’s and wearing a red or orange shirt.
EMT’s responded and treated Tryphon at the scene.