The religious riots started entirely by accident. Wilkes had climbed to the top of the non-denominational "Cordata Day Tree" to put the "Vertibrae Ornament" at the top.
But Wilkes slipped and tumbled. Dow, down he fell, bouncing off of the branches and twigs, punching through the nearby Holy Ice Sculpture of Flappus. Wilkes was unscathed, but Flappus' beak had been cracked beyond repair.
A hundred feathers and wings were soon in an uproar, with violence certain to follow.