Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Churches vandalized...



In retaliation?  Or as a warning?

"They" think the vandalism is connected to the marriage amendment vote coming up in November.  I do too.  My non-religious friends speak to me, rather, make derogatory, sometimes hostile remarks to me, on how religious people and bishops should stay out of politics and stay out of the personal lives of others.  The non-believer, the non-religious and the non-catechized simply do not understand how or why the Church has anything to say in the matter.  It is that simple.  The divide is getting wider.
In what Buffalo Police are calling a hate or bias crime, six Buffalo churches have been vandalized over the last several days. Damage ranges from broken doors to smashed stained glass windows and some of the churches were left with a derogatory and profane poster as well.

"Stained glass window damage was found at Buffalo United Methodist Church Tuesday morning," Police Chief Mitch Weintzel told Twin Cities media.

The churches that have been affected besides Buffalo United Methodist are: St. Francis Xavier, Zion Lutheran, 7th Day Adventist, Buffalo Presbyterian, and Hosanna Lutheran churches. - Source
 
Why do "we" think it is in retaliation to the marriage amendment?
The Buffalo Police Department responded to incidents at several local churches between Saturday and Monday, with four of those incidents involving placement of handwritten posters containing inflammatory messages.

Police found damage to church buildings at five locations. Police say nothing in the posters left behind referenced the upcoming marriage amendment vote, but most of the churches targeted define marriage as between a man and a woman. 
Rob Jarvis, pastor of Hosanna Lutheran, said he found a poster depicting Jesus as being gay.Source

“It was (the suspect’s) idea of Jesus and then describing homosexual acts, and things like that,” Jarvis said, as his church’s doors were busted out 24 hours later. - Source


 

12 comments:

  1. There's no valid reason to think there is a connection, and it's probably dishonest to attribute it to people in your state. Buffalo is in New York. New York doesn't have an amendment on the ballot.

    No matter the reasoning behind it, such acts are deplorable.

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    1. We have a Buffalo here too.

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    2. I apologize. I assumed NY.

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    3. Easy mistake.

      The police are fairly certain it's related because the vandals left home made posters saying Jesus was gay or something.

      Michael is right - the guy is probably not religious.

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  2. "The divide is getting wider." Actually, Terry, the marriage equality movement is very much being lead by people of faith. And not one of the many people of faith that I know in this movement would support acts of vandalism -- especially against a place of worship.

    Peace,

    Michael

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    1. That's true Michael. Thanks.

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  3. Another happy gay man, spreading the tolerance.

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    1. I'm not sure he's gay. You see what he is wearing in the photo - the suspect also drives a mini-van.

      What?

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  4. He's mad at God and has been arrested

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    1. Really? That's it? I was hoping for something more dramatic. Darn.

      Minnesota nice always wins.

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  5. The man has been arrested. Here's the Strib story.

    http://www.startribune.com/local/west/171335631.html

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    1. Rick - thanks for the link. I just heard it on the news as well. Poor guy.

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