5 Predominately Black Churches Have Been Destroyed In Past Week

Jun 2014
United States
At Least 5 Predominately Black Churches Have Been Destroyed By Fire In The Past Week

At least five predominantly black churches have caught fire in the last week, including at least three that have been the subject of arson, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports.

The string of blazes, which have occurred in four Southern states and Ohio, comes a week after nine people were gunned down at a Charleston, South Carolina, church. Dylann Roof, 21, has been charged with nine counts of homicide and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime.

An arsonist set fire to the College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Monday. The following day, God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia, was gutted by flames. And on Wednesday, Briar Creek Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, was deliberately set ablaze, causing more than $250,000 in damage.

Briar Creek Pastor Mannix Kinsey told a local news station he hopes the event turns out not to be a hate crime, and the culprit is "already forgiven," but he's worried about "the climate."

“We are still talking about this same issue and this is 2015,” he said. “We all have to consider what else do we need to do to actually be able to work together.”
Racism....alive and well in teabagger states. Anyone REALLY think born again evangelism is a Christian religion? how about a cult that justifies hatred to keep the nation divided?
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Apr 2013
The Milky Way
The Knoxville incident is not being investigated as a hate crime. And the church itself was basically undamaged.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville officials are investigating a case of arson at a predominantly African-American church. Officials say someone set fire to bales of hay outside College Hill Seventh Day Adventist, 1837 Brandau Street, and also burned the church van.

“Horror, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on?'” said Pastor Cleveland Hobdy III.

Knoxville Fire Department spokesperson D.J. Corcoran says bags of dirt and bales of hay were left on fire outside the church’s doors. The church’s van was also seriously damaged.

“When I look at this I see, I think of an intention to try to destroy this entire church. It makes it sad. It’s sad either way that someone would put their mind to try to damage a church that’s trying to help people,” said Hobdy.

Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Darrell DeBusk says the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime and the incident appears to be vandalism, despite worries from church members. Officials say in a hate crime, there is usually an indication left behind of why the victim was targeted.


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Dec 2012
Well now, recent new reports are telling us the church burnings may not have been racial at all. The knee-jerk reaction of the Liberal race-baiters has becomes just another egg in the face moment. The "race to judgment" once again becomes another embarrassment for the Liberal Left.