Although they’re claiming church #8 (Mt. Zion AME Church) may have gone up in flames due to lightning having struck [it], but lightning sure as heavens doesn’t strike 7 other times upon 7 other churches-it’s against the laws of nature and physics as, very rare does lightning ever strike twice in any one place (or person).
The black church latest church to have gone down in flames was Mt. Zion AME Church in Greelyville, South Carolina yesterday (June 30) followed by a burning in:
- Knoxville, Tennessee (June 21) College Hill Seventh-day Adventist
WHAT REPORTS ARE SAYING as per CNN: “Investigators ruled it an arson but they say nothing so far has indicated a hate crime. ATF and other agencies said that it looked like vandalism.”
- Macon, Georgia (June 21) God’s Power Church of Christ
WHAT REPORTS ARE SAYING as per CNN: “Investigators believe the blaze might be arson. ATF is investigating but no ruling has been made. The church had recently been broken into and air conditioners and sound systems stolen.”
- Gibson County (in Tennessee on June 23) ?
- Charlotte, North Carolina (on June 24) Briar Creek Road Church
WHAT REPORTS ARE SAYING as per CNN: “houses both black and Nepalese congregations. Fire investigators ruled that fire an arson, and though they have not seen evidence that hate was a motivation for the crime, they are not ruling it out.”
- In Elyria, Ohio (on June 25) ?
- Tallahassee, Florida (June 26) Greater Miracle Apostolic
WHAT REPORTS ARE SAYING as per CNN: “The fire was likely caused by a tree limb falling on power lines.”
- Warrenville, S.C., (June 26) Glover Grovery Baptist
WHAT REPORTS ARE SAYING as per CNN: “The cause has not been determined, but investigators observed no element of criminal intent.”
As per CNN with regard to other fires in the past, this is their findings:
Most recent religious targets of hate crimes have been synagogues and mosques, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.
Firefighters battled blazes at more than 1,700 religious structures per year between 2007 and 2011, according to a 2013 report from the National Fire Protection Association. These included houses of worship of all religions as well as funeral parlors and religious schools.
Nearly a third of the fires were caused by cooking devices. Almost a quarter started in kitchens or cooking areas. Electrical lines or lighting cause 10% of the fires.
About 16% were intentionally set, and these caused about 25% of the reported property damage, the report said.
The number of fires at religious institutions has dropped dramatically since 1980. Before then, twice as many structures burned each year, on average.
Within the black communities, these rash of burnings is believed to be the acts of someone(s) meticulously globetrotting around southern areas of the U.S creating these acts of terrorism post Dylan Roof.
The acts are believed to be inspired by Roof: the 21 year old man who walked up the steps and under the sacred roof of Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME on June 17 [where he] sat in bible study class for about an hour and from there, proceeded to gun down 9 innocent bible study members after planning, immersing and educating himself [for months leading to that day] the history of slavery and sacred places of worship for slaves: The church-which too was his final destination where his reign of terror ended the lives of the parishioners, senselessly.
Like Charleston’s Emmanuel AME, Mt. Zion AME too, is in the history books as a historic house of worship. It was built in 1906 and burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 and rebuilt shortly thereafter.
President Clinton (president at that time) was guest speaker at the church’s dedication and said [quote]:
“The men and women of Mt. Zion have shown us the meaning of these words by refusing to be defeated and by building up this new church. Others have come together with you,” Clinton said in the June 1996 speech. “I want to ask every citizen, as we stand on this hallowed ground together, to help to rebuild our churches, to restore hope, to show the forces of hatred they cannot win”
Unfortunately, church #8-this very same church, a burning (reported “struck by lightning”) has happened again just yesterday (June 30, 2015).
Our sources say the NAACP is urging all black churches to take “necessary precautions” to protect themselves.
This is all so very alarming considering that (thank God) these burnings have happened with no one inside being reported injured as, everyone knows (including terrorist Dylan Roof) that all churches have bible study on Wednesdays and congregate on Sundays.
Obviously with such a rash of blatant, blazing and brazen act of disrespect and hate, it’s only a matter of time before someone(s) get hurt.
While we all can scream and post on Twitter timelines all day about the “lack of media coverage” all these burnings are getting, (the Twitter hashtag) #WhosBurningBlackChurches and mere gossip is quite the attention the people committing these acts of terror wants.
Instead of complaining about “the media” not covering (simply so we can all armchair quarterback and douse the situation with the emotion these very same acts are being done to illicit from us all anyways), how about taking that emotion and complaining about the “media lack of coverage” and ask the FBI about THEIR “coverage”: Why aren’t you guys on the case ESPECIALLY considering the meticulous (rather than spread out) locations these heinous acts are being done in? Why they are lessening the blows and these acts [pretty much are] being dismissed as possibly some domino effect of some coincidental and elemental cause.
THAT’S who needs to be “covering” these acts of terrorism God-damnit.