Black Churches Under Arson Attacks

Black Churches in the St. Louis area are under attack as 6 have bee set afire within the past two weeks!

ATF, which is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the party responsible for the fires. According to St. Louis Fire Chief, Dennis Jenkerson. all fires have been targeted towards predominantly African-American following [and are] within predominantly African-American neighborhoods,” St. Louis Fire Department spokesman Garon Mosby told NBC News. The six churches are within about three miles of one another and geared towards the front doors.Mosby said no one has been injured in any of the fires.

The first fire was set on Oct. 8 at Bethel Non-Denominational Church, just off of West Florissant Ave. in Jennings, a city that borders Ferguson. St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Shawn McGuire said the church sustained about $250 in damages.

The next fire was set two days later at New Northside Baptist Church, which is about a mile-and-a-half away from Bethel. Subsequent fires were set on Oct. 14 at St. Augustine Catholic Church; Oct. 15 at the New Testament Church of Christ; and Oct. 17 at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church, according to the ATF.

The ATF statement said investigators believe that “this fire-setting activity is meant to send a message” but did not say what that message might be, and an ATF spokeswoman would not comment further due to the ongoing investigation. But The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday released a statement expressing “grave concern about the continuing rash of fires set at predominantly African-American churches.”

The ADL acknowledged that a racial motive has not been confirmed but said “the fear and intimidation in the African-American community is substantial and must be validated.”

The church burning could not stop St. Louis Luthern Church from still having Church nor the children from singing, ONLY GOD!:

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