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Pastor of church attributes arson to support for gay members

Published: Sun, August 19, 2012 @ 4:48 p.m.

Pastor of church attributes arson to support for gay members

Associated Press


The pastor of a southeast Ohio church destroyed by an arsonist thinks the fire is related to the congregation’s support for gays and lesbians.

Investigators have ruled that the fire discovered early Friday was intentionally set.

The Rev. Scott Davis of South Bloomingville Christian Church says they’ve received threats in the past. He says he thinks the church was a target of hate crime because it welcomes gay, lesbian and transgender worshippers.

Davis bought the church near Hocking Hills State Park two years ago and opened it for services in 2011.

He’s vowing to rebuild.


1GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Nor does it say to hate or discriminate against them

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2CrossFitX(2 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

It may not support homosexuality, but also says you shouldn't wear mixed material clothing, eat pork or shellfish or sleep in the same bed as a women while she is on her period. If you are going to use the bible to say homosexuality is wrong then follow it to a T all the way. You can't pick and choose whats right and wrong while believing the words of the bible. Burning down a church is not very Christian like either.

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3southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

America is so divided on this issue...another form of hate and bigotry.

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4BabaGhanoush(106 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"It may not support homosexuality,"

May not?!? According to you, that means it may.
Prove it.

"but also says you shouldn't blah, blah, blah...."

If you atheists are going to deny the Bible and God, you should at least read it.
Those laws in Deuteronomy and Leviticus were for the Old Testament Jews.
The New Testament says nothing of the sort.
But you already knew that.
We'll find out soon enough who did this and it most likely will be one of yours if past examples are observed.

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5CrossFitX(2 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"But also says you shouldnt blah blah blah" ??? really???? you can't pick and choose what you want to believe out of the bible. One part is ok because you agree with it but others arn't? New testament? old testament? There are so many different versions of the bible who really knows what is right and wrong? Being an atheist doesn't have anything to do with accepting or denying gays. So why would you pin the arson to be an atheist?

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6RoddAC(102 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Live and let live. Beyond that...let God be the judge. Casting the first stone must have been very difficult given the fact it was thrown in error. Matthew 7:1-5 (btw that IS in the New Testament) says: Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. (Trying not to judge you, Baba, but rather to educate you - now go forth, be fruitful and PLEASE don't multiply).

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7excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The intolerance of any society can be measured by the percentage of its population in prison and the wars that it gets involved in. Where do we draw the line or relax it?

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