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The talk of attacks on Catholic churches has mostly focused on Europe, where dozens of churches in France have gone up in flames in recent months, with the Notre Dame fire being the most horrific, and Asia, where nine Islamist terrorists killed more than 250 people, including at three Catholic churches.
But there are a rising number of attacks on Catholic churches in the United States also, including frequent decapitations of statues, arms cut off statues of the Virgin Mary, crucifixes tipped over and smashed, and red and black paint splashed on statues and church buildings. In just the last two months churches have been vandalized in New York, Boston, California, Dayton, Sarasota and Connecticut with prominent, historic Catholic churches targeted in what seem to be increasingly violent and hateful incidents.
No major media organization has taken a hard look at what’s happening, and why, and alerted Americans to this growing rage against Catholics and Christians generally.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies are at Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Southwest Highway 200 right now.
They say a man drove his van into the church and lit a fire while parishioners were inside.
Deputies got him after a vehicle chase.
There are no serious injuries.
A man threw some type of incendiary device into Queen of Peace Catholic Church off State Road 200 on Saturday. People inside were setting up for Mass at the time, but no one was injured.
A suspect was apprehended in the 5900 block of South Pine Avenue. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said the man is being interviewed and the investigation is ongoing. The FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have joined local officials in that investigation.
About 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a man drove up in a minivan and crashed through the front doors of the church, 6455 SW SR 200. He got out, threw some type of device into the main area of the building, and a fire started, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Marion County Fire Rescue said it received the call at 7:35 a.m. and was on scene five minutes later. The fire was under control by 7:47 a.m. Photos provided by the Sheriff’s Office show extensive damage inside the church building.
Calls to 911 alerted law enforcement to what had happened. Deputies were near the church and quickly spotted a vehicle that matched the descriptions that callers had provided.
The Sheriff’s Office said deputies followed the vehicle and forced it to stop. The driver, whose name had not been released as of 11:30 a.m. Saturday, surrendered without incident.
At 11:45 a.m., firefighters were ventilating the upper reaches of Queen of Peace to make sure all the smoke dissipates.
Jennifer Drow, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Orlando, said they are praying for all involved and are thankful that no one was injured.
An early morning fire caused extensive damage Saturday to the nearly 250-year-old San Gabriel Mission, a landmark in the history of Southern California that contains artifacts dating to the late 1700s.
Details about the cause of the fire at the historic mission at 428 South Mission Drive in San Gabriel were not immediately available.
No injuries were reported.
"It's heartbreaking," Capt. Antonio Negrete, public information officer for the San Gabriel Fire Department told the LA Times.
Christians at Grace Baptist Church in Troy, NY we’re gathering to worship Sunday when BLM stormed their sanctuary and took over their church.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 6, 2020
Violent BLM members stopped the service and assaulted the peaceful Christians verbally and physically.
Christian places of worship getting surrounded by leftist mobs in America.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 6, 2020
Parishioners getting dragged off the steps of their church and getting beaten by the leftist mob.
Why? Because they’re Christians.
This is what the Democratic Party has created:pic.twitter.com/lwHpqkuZN5