Virus Arson

An arsonist torched First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs, Mississippi.

He painted graffiti on the parking lot pavement:

“Bet you stay home now you hypokrits.”

The building is a total loss.   Investigators are offering a reward.  Governor Reeves is “furious.”

This little church in this little town was involved in a dispute with the City of Holly Springs.  Specifically, they were hassled by the City for continuing to worship in person.

Jerry Waldrop has pastored the church for 31 years.   “We’ve tacked our brains and we have no idea,” Waldrop said. “No enemies that we know of. We don’t know anyone that we even think could be capable of doing something like this.”

The fire comes after Waldrop filed a lawsuit in April against the City of Holly Springs. The 14-page document claims local police officers disrupted a mid-week bible study and the church’s Easter service 10 days prior.  According to the complaint, the pastor held outdoor services when possible but would hold them indoors while practicing social distancing during inclement weather.   The complaint also asked for a temporary restraining order to keep the City from preventing services inside the church building.

The issue stems from Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ inclusion of churches with essential businesses in the state’s safer-at-home order, but the City of Holly Springs did not.  …

Holly Springs City Attorney Shirley Byers says the City did not consider churches essential business in the safer-at-home order issued March 23 but amended the order April 24 to allow churches to hold drive-thru services.

Byers said in an incident April 10 about 35 to 40 congregants were inside the First Pentecostal Church and were not practicing social distancing, which is what led to a citation for violating the local emergency order.

She says although the complaint has been filed, it has not officially been served, meaning they can’t move forward at this point.

Waldrop would not comment on the lawsuit but says he is focused on rebuilding.

Marshall County Mississippi has a population of 37,000 people.  They have 63 of Mississippi’s 12,222 cases of Wuhan Virus.  Two residents of Marshall County have died of Wuhan Virus.

 

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13 thoughts on “Virus Arson”

  1. Bottom line, this country will never be the same.  I fear for our children. I pray they will be strong enough to come through it and change, to be better. I hope your prayers are the same.

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  2. MJBubba:
    This little church in this little town was involved in a dispute with the City of Holly Springs.  Specifically, they were hassled by the City for continuing to worship in person.

    If a leftist had been attacked, the blue checkmarks would be all atwitter claiming that the city incited the arsonist. My more modest hot take is that Karens are more dangerous than the WuFlu.

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  3. I need a reference frame.

    “An arsonist torched First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs, Mississippi.”

    Of what are the Tetracostals and Hexacostals about?  Maybe it’s a perp who has a thing about odd numbers.  As Satan Herself can be conjured with a pentagram (on a wall, fools, not on the floor), such suspicions are not wholly unfounded.

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  4. I think the media ginned up people to make the Coronavirus the Black Plague so people meeting at a church is a threat to a community. Logic is not their strong point because people are meeting at stores and shopping. They also gave the impression that no one is safe. Even if there are almost no one infected everyone has to act as if everyone is. Mississippi is not New York City.

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  5. Uncle Al:
    I need a reference frame.

    “An arsonist torched First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs, Mississippi.”

    Of what are the Tetracostals and Hexacostals about?  Maybe it’s a perp who has a thing about odd numbers.  As Satan Herself can be conjured with a pentagram (on a wall, fools, not on the floor), such suspicions are not wholly unfounded.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecost

    The word refers to a Jewish holiday that is 50 days after Passover. It relates to an event that happened in the Bible during that holiday in the New Testament (Acts 2).

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  6. Robert A. McReynolds:
    Bubba this is terrible. I just don’t have words right now. How utterly terrible. Prayers to you.

    Thanks.

    I am friends with a Lutheran pastor and his wife who have a little Lutheran church just two miles from First Pentecostal in Holly Springs.  There are strong ties between that Lutheran parish and our parish.  Also, we know people who volunteer at the Audubon Center at Holly Springs.   Our people know their people.

    This is tough.  It will get better if they catch the perpetrator.

    It is not like Holly Springs is some hotbed of Virus.   That is one of the lowest-risk counties in our area.

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  7. “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits.”

    Profiling the perpetrator:  (a) she went to public school in Mississippi, and (b) she voted for Hillary.

    That should narrow down the search a little.

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  8. Gavin Longmuir:
    “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits.”

    Profiling the perpetrator:  (a) she went to public school in Mississippi, and (b) she voted for Hillary.

    That should narrow down the search a little.

    I noticed, and according to at least one report, the police have noticed too that “hypokrits” is an unusual spelling mistake to make.

    “Hippocrits.”

    “Hipocrits”, maybe.

    Maybe it is someone who can spell trying to appear to be someone that can’t.

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  9. Percival:

    Gavin Longmuir:
    “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits.”

    Profiling the perpetrator:  (a) she went to public school in Mississippi, and (b) she voted for Hillary.

    That should narrow down the search a little.

    I noticed, and according to at least one report, the police have noticed too that “hypokrits” is an unusual spelling mistake to make.

    “Hippocrits.”

    “Hipocrits”, maybe.

    Maybe it is someone who can spell trying to appear to be someone that can’t.

    Yeah, I thought of that.  The only purposeful mispelling as “hypokrit” that turned up in a Google search was from the 1880s, so it is not a thing from a known group.   Also there is the Hypokrit Theatre Company from NYC; no reason to think there is any connection there.

    Internet comments have mostly been the usual toxic anti-Christian bilge.  (“If your practices are so bad we have to commit arson, then change your practices” was the nicest of this group.)

    Plus a few internet commenters speculating that it is an insurance fraud perpetrated by the church.   (Which has happened in recent years in Mississippi.)

    The usual for the internet.

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  10. I went to my office today for the first time in 2.5 weeks.  On my way home I listened to Radio Tupelo, where I heard Abraham Hamilton III’s show.  He interviewed a lawyer from Thomas More Society, who is representing First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs.  He had some interesting things to say as they discussed this case.

    They had appealed a lower court ruling that denied an injunction.  The appeal was before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals when the church was burned.   The Fifth Circuit agreed to hear the case because justice delayed is justice denied.

    Accordingly, we recognize that in this fast-shifting landscape of COVID19 regulations, temporary deferral of a decision may effectively be a permanent denial. In the interim, pending the district court’s decision, the City is enjoined from enforcing against the Church the Faith Based Organizations sections of Executive Order 6 and Executive Order 7.

    http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/20/20-60399.pdf

    One thing the Thomas More guy said that had not been reported in media accounts was that on the parking lot, next to the graffiti “bet you stay home now you hypokrits” was an Atheist symbol.

    The thing they were talking about was that, a couple of days after the church burned, the City of Holly Springs filed a motion to have the case determined moot and tossed out of court.  The Fifth Circuit not only ruled against the City, but the opinion contained some language that the two Christian lawyers found to be delightful.

    The City mentions the church burning in its latest brief, but in a manner less commendable than condemnable. One might expect a city to express sympathy or outrage (or both) when a neighborhood house of worship is set ablaze. One would be mistaken. Rather than condemn the crime’s depravity, the City seized advantage, insisting that the Church’s First Amendment claim necessarily went up in smoke when the church did: “the Church was destroyed from an arson fire . . . making the permanent injunction claim moot.”

    This argument is shameful.

    When the parishioners of First Pentecostal Church leave their homes on Sundays, they are not going to church; they are the church. The church is not the building. When the New Testament speaks of the church, it never refers to brick-and-mortar places where people gather, but to flesh-and-blood people who gather together. Think people, not steeple.

    https://reason.com/2020/05/22/5th-circuit-grants-emergency-injunctive-relief-for-mississippi-church-that-burned-down/

    First Pentecostal will gather for worship this Sunday.  I am not sure where, but there are three candidate locations that have been offered to them.

    I join with Christians across America at the robust defense of the First Amendment from the Fifth Circuit.

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  11. MJBubba:
    They had appealed a lower court ruling that denied an injunction.  The appeal was before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals when the church was burned.   The Fifth Circuit agreed to hear the case because justice delayed is justice denied.

    First Pentecostal will gather for worship this Sunday.  I am not sure where, but there are three candidate locations that have been offered to them.

    Hooray! A decision supporting the First Amendment. May there be many more.

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