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JNC (Just in case)Tenn. police nab suspect in church firesMATT GOURASAssociated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police on Saturday arrested a suspect believed to haveset fires that burned two black churches in Tennessee, but investigatorssaid they had no reason to believe the blazes were a hate crime.Sparta police expected to charge the man with arson on Monday. He was beingheld without bail Saturday on unrelated charges. Authorities were notreleasing his name."At this point, we have no evidence to support in any way that it was a hatecrime," detective Allen Selby said. "The only way I could characterize thiswas criminal activity."Five vacant houses were burned Friday along with the two churches, all inthe same neighborhood.Sparta, a town of 5,000 people about 75 miles southeast of Nashville, was onedge following the blazes. About 5 percent of the town's residents areblack, according to census figures.Meanwhile in Virginia, a small fire and anti-gay graffiti were foundSaturday at a church belonging to the United Church of Christ, adenomination that endorsed same-sex marriage last week.The exterior of St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ in Middlebrookalso included a message that United Church of Christ members were sinners.A Virginia State Police fire investigator was on the scene Saturday, butdeclined to comment.The United Church of Christ's rule-making body endorsed a resolution July 4endorsing same-sex marriage. UCC churches are autonomous, meaning theGeneral Synod does not create policy for its more than 5,700 congregations.Someone also tried to set fire to a mosque early Saturday in Bloomington,Ind., and the FBI was investigating it as a hate crime.
I wondered if there was going to be a backlash to the recent "official" announcement of UCC's approval of gay marriage. Here's to hoping it is only one small blip on the radar. If you have never seen them, the UCC "Still Speaking" ads are great.http://www.stillspeaking.com/intro1.htmIf I was the type of girl who went to church, you'd find me at a UCC.
A church that quotes Gracy Allen in its ads? Very cool, indeed! And here's to hoping any backlash is only a blip...
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