Liberals really love hate crime laws because they legitimize deviant behavior and protect those who engage in it from folks who dare to preach values and morality. But if hate crime laws are to be applied fairly, then they should also apply to those who spread hate and violence against Christians. Indeed, violence against Christians is growing around the world, but the liberal media wouldn't let you know that. Think if this was a bunch of abortion clinics being burned to the ground, MSNBC, CNN and the whole lot of liberal press wouldn't be all over it? Funny that.
Eight Texas churches barely 150 miles apart have caught fire since New Year's Day, putting pastors and congregations on edge and on guard wondering whether theirs is next.
Authorities determined seven of those fires were intentionally set and they are investigating one that broke out Thursday as a possible arson. There have been no reported injuries or arrests, and federal officials aren't saying whether there's a connection.
Most people in these parts can't help but think they are.
"I think everybody is expecting more of these, to tell you the truth," said pastor David Mahfood, whose Baptist church in Tyler was destroyed in a Jan. 16 fire. "I think the worst is probably behind Tyler, but I'd worry about other cities."
Six of the seven arsons were just nine days apart, sending many congregations in east Texas scurrying to install security systems and prompting volunteers to keep close eyes on church properties from dusk to dawn. Federal and local authorities have released scant details and say they need more information.
"These things are painstakingly slow because a lot of evidence is lost in fire scenes," said Tom Crowley, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman. "They're still working it, but we could use more leads."The fires have struck a region where Christian stations fill the radio dial and an area newspaper runs a Bible verse on the front page every day. All seven churches varied in size and denomination.