Thursday, June 25, 2015
Up to their old tricks again
And the favorite is the old, Let's burn the black church. And only a week after the experimental, Let's shoot up the bible study group trick failed to get the proper response, it's back to that again.
A fire that engulfed a Baptist church with a primarily African-American congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday was arson and could be a hate crime, fire officials said.And there is the requisite denials, of course.
"We're looking at every angle, and that [the arson was motivated by hate] is one of the angles we are examining at this point,” Charlotte Fire Department Senior Investigator David Williams told WCNC. “If we find information that leads us to go down that path, we will pursue it."
Damage to Briar Creek Road Baptist Church is estimated at more than $250,000, according to the Associated Press.
The sanctuary escaped damage, and services will resume Sunday, according to local NBC affiliate WCNC. But the part of the church reserved for a summer camp suffered severe impairment, according to the station.
A statement from the fire department said it took about an hour Wednesday morning to get the fire at the church under control. Firefighters received word of the fire and arrived about 1 a.m.
The alleged arson comes a week after a racially motivated mass shooting at an African-American church in South Carolina, where a white shooter gunned down nine black worshippers.
Sam Triantis, who lives across the street from the Charlotte church, told WCNC he doesn’t believe a hate crime is likely.Well, that settles it. "200 nationalities" just makes it impossible.
"Maybe some kids broke in, maybe a homeless person," he told the station.
“There’s no hate here,’ Triantis told WBTV in a separate interview. “There’s 200 nationalities in this neighborhood, and we get along just fine.”
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