Sunday, November 30, 2014

A church is burned

“The cure for all ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love.' It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.” — Lydia M. Child, American abolitionist, women's rights activist, opponent of American expansionism, Indian rights activist, novelist and journalist

IF YOU'RE religious (I'm not) and Christian in particular (I'm not), here's a story of loss that might motivate you to put some of your money where your beliefs are. 

I've donated to burned-out black churches in Georgia before. You don't have be religious or Christian to hate hate.

This piece is from NBC News. PS: There's (an extremely) brief video at the bottom.

Feds Probing Arson of Michael Brown Sr.'s Church
By John Brecher and Rick Brown
November 25, 2014

Flood Christian Church was torched Monday night after the announcement that a grand jury had voted not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown Jr.

The church went up in flames around the same time about a dozen other buildings were set ablaze in Ferguson by protesters angered by the grand jury's decision, but it's on a remote section of West Florissant Avenue where other structures were unscathed.

"The police called me and told me the church was on fire," the Rev. Carlton Lee said. "I was in complete disbelief. I didn't think anyone would set a church on fire.

"I feel like one of my children has died. I put my blood, my sweat, my tears into this church, getting this church built from the ground up. To see that it was taken down in a few minutes is really heartbreaking."

He said he told Michael Brown Sr. about the extensive damage on Tuesday afternoon. "He was just devastated again," he said.

The pastor said he doubted the same people who were raging on the other end of West Florissant had burned his church. Instead, he said, he suspected white supremacists who wanted to punish him for his support of the Brown family, who had just been baptized there.

"Sunday, we do the baptism, Monday, the church is one fire." he said.

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