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Vandals sprayed satanic graffiti on four Long Island churches in New York over Father’s Day weekend, police said Sunday.
Police are investigating the pentagrams and “hail Satan” graffiti as a hate crime, saying vandals spray painted three churches Friday and another sometime Saturday, PIX-11 reports. The four churches, Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, the Gospel Church, the Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle, and the Prayer Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, are all within a mile of each other. All four churches removed the graffiti before Sunday services.
“They must have a vendetta,” Walter Willie, pastor of the Prayer Tabernacle church, told the New York Post. “To attack a place of healing, a place that helps people in time of great need — whoever did this has hurt in their heart.”
Three of the churches are Pentecostal, and one is predominantly black, the New York Post reported.
The churches’ pastors lead their congregations in prayer over the buildings during Sunday services.
“The blood of Jesus covers this house! No distress, no fear, to this family!” prayed William Walker, Amityville Full Gospel’s pastor. “Bless this house, no sign of evil will stop the word of God.”
While investigators consider the incident as a religious hate crime, they are also considering whether a misguided church member may have sprayed the satanic graffiti as an angry protest against the churches, a detective told the New York Post. Police are still looking for suspects.
“We are disturbed by this. It is disrespectful,” Detective Lt. Bob Donohue told the newspaper. “I am asking pastors to speak to their parishioners, and find out if anyone sees or heard anything on social media.”
it’s never about equality
Because it includes Lance Berkman, who believes Christian things.
I’ve told you this all along. Gay activism isn’t really about homosexuals and their “rights.” It never has been. They’re just useful props.
It is, and always has been, about marginalizing biblical Christianity. And it’s working beautifully.
Here’s the gameplan:
1. Establish homosexuals as an oppressed minority grievance group. Check.
2. Establish the idea of “pride” for being gay. Check.
3. Pressure major corporations and other societal institutions to join in the celebration of “pride” on threat of boycotts, demonstrations and negative press if they don’t. Check.
4. Get in the faces of Christians and demand to know if they agree with the celebration of gay pride and gay marriage. If they don’t, demand apologies/ostracization/sensitivity training/firing/whatever.
5. If Christians who don’t join the movement cite the Bible as their reason, use this to establish biblical beliefs as “hateful” and “bigoted.”
Right now we’re in the transition between 4 and 5, and you see it playing out right now in St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals are getting ready for an event similar to one many teams in Major League Baseball hold every year, in which present and former players who are Christians share their faith and testimony with fans who attend the event. Gay groups have never protested this event per se, until this year. They are doing so now because the involvement of former Cardinal Lance Berkman gives them an excuse to do so.
Berkman, who also played for the Astros, the Rangers and the Yankees during his career, is a Christian who has been outspoken about refusing to accept homosexuality simply because there is societal pressure to do so. Apparently homosexual activists think they should get a veto over who speaks at Christian events:
The St. Louis Cardinals have drawn ire from several LGBT voices for embracing former player Lance Berkman and allowing him to speak July 30 at Busch Stadium for the team’s “Christian Day.”
Pride Center of St. Louis blasted the Cardinals’ decision in a statement issued to the online LGBT magazine, Outsports, calling Berkman “an individual whose words and actions towards the LGBT (community) are divisive and demeaning.”
Two years ago, Berkman strongly opposed an equal-rights ordinance in Houston that prohibited discrimination based on gender, race, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity. Berkman specifically took aim at the transgender community by saying as a father of four daughters, he did not want “troubled men to enter women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms.” The ordinance ultimately failed.
In response to the backlash, the Cardinals issued a statement to media outlets emphasizing its forthcoming LGBT Pride Night. The organization also said that it has “hosted a Christian Day at the ballpark for nearly three decades. Lance Berkman participated in Christian Day when he was a Cardinals player, and we welcome him back this year to discuss his faith.
“We are an inclusive organization with a social responsibility to be welcoming to all types of people and organizations,” the statement read.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is about Lance Berkman saying outlandishly extreme or hateful things. Berkman simply opposed changing local ordinances and laws to give homosexuals and transgenderites special privileges in matters such as bathroom use. You can disagree with Berkman’s position if you want, but it’s no crime to take a position on an issue.
Apparently to the gay activists, however, it’s a thought crime. If you don’t support and endorse everything on their agenda, you must be ostracized, and any organization inclined to associate with you must be pressured not to do so.
This is a trap we’ve seen used extensively in recent years. We’ve seen other professional athletes cornered by media who demanded to know if they would accept a gay teammate. If the answer gives any respect at all to biblical teaching on the issue, the athlete comes in for harassment and demands that he apologize. In the matter of the St. Louis “human rights ordinance,” it’s only natural that Christians will oppose it idea based on biblical teaching. And when they do, they’re pounced on as haters.
As a result, the gay activists have made this event all about them, and all about their gayness, when in fact it is not about them or that at all.
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Vandals have spray-painted a Long Island church with upside-down crosses and the words “devil” and “witch spells,” reports state.
“It’s just a coincidence that Sunday morning, my message was on love,” Rob Taormina, the pastor of New Covenant Church, told reporters. “Love is patient, love is kind. So we’re going to be patient, and we’re praying for the individuals and believe in God, that God will touch them.”
According to reports, the vandalism occurred either Sunday night or Monday morning under the cover of darkness. The glass on the front door was smashed and words and symbols were spray painted on the exterior walls, doors and steps.