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Old 02-03-2006, 07:19 PM   #1
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CNN: Burning Churches in Alabama

I'm just hearing about this coming over the wires on CNN.
in Centerville, Alabama.. (This is breaking news) so not alot of details so far
Please don't let this be happening again.. According to CNN It happened in one county so far, and maybe another county.
Excuse me while I cry now..
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Old 02-03-2006, 07:21 PM   #2
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Bring back memoires of the 60's. Civil Rights movement feeling?
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A string of fires scorched churches in central Alabama and investigators are tying to determine if an arsonist is at work, a state official said today. Six fires were reported in two counties between about midnight and 3 a.m. today. Two churches were destroyed, but no one was injured in the blazes. "We're clearly investigating these as arson," said Ragan Ingram, with the Alabama Department of Insurance

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The burnings don't seem to be racially motivated because both black and white churches (churches are still pretty damn segregated around here) have been hit.
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The burnings don't seem to be racially motivated because both black and white churches (churches are still pretty damn segregated around here) have been hit.
It only takes one person who thinks that these churches shouldn't be segregated..
But reports are still coming in....
6 mostly white churches have been hit. According to CNN..
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Old 02-03-2006, 09:16 PM   #6
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It only takes one person who thinks that these churches shouldn't be segregated..
But reports are still coming in....
6 mostly white churches have been hit. According to CNN..
You're right, and there are more mixed congregations now than there used to be when some commentator said the most segregated hour of the week was eleven A.M. on Sundays. I'm not watching the news now............I don't have a TV in my computer room. We're having a hailstorm in Birmingham. Never a dull moment.
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We're having a hailstorm in Birmingham. Never a dull moment.
that sucks.. We're having thick fog in Mobile.

I'm revisiting the Rattle & Hum video..
There is nothing new on the news.. that I saw.?
This computer I am using now is so slow it takes a while to post.
My other hard drive is still out of commisssion..
..crashed in other words
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Funny how we look at violence against six Christian churches and start speculating whether there was another motive....
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Actually, all of the churches are Baptist. We think the arsonists have something against the Baptist church.
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Funny how we look at violence against six Christian churches and start speculating whether there was another motive....
Wouldn't location and history kind of support some of the early speculation?
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Wouldn't location and history kind of support some of the early speculation?
You mean in a stereotypical way?
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You mean in a stereotypical way?
No, I just mean that this area of the country has had burning of churches that have been racially motivated even up to recent times. But very little chain burnings that have had any other motivations.

That's all I was saying.
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Wouldn't location and history kind of support some of the early speculation?
No. There were about 20 black churches bombed in Birmingham between 1945 and 1963. These were all orchestrated by the Ku Klux Klan or someone in cahoots with them. None of these bombings was a positive event, to put it mildly, but the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, in September, 1963, was the biggie; four little girls were killed when the bomb blew up a room in the church. Later that same day, one of the Klansmen in on the job stopped at a filling station. The attendant took one look at the guy and said "Now, this time you guys have really gone too far". He was later arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime. Whew! The church bombings that are going on these days have nothing to do with these bombings.
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(churches are still pretty damn segregated around here)
Churches are pretty damned segregated all over. I read a report a few years ago (wish I could remember where that was so I could post it -- I'll have to look later) that concluded that churches were one of the, if not the, most segregated places in the US. It wasn't so much the hardcore "you can't come here" as it was people were just more comfortable going to church with their "own."
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The church bombings that are going on these days have nothing to do with these bombings.
I didn't say they were. I was just saying that even as early as 3 years ago there were church arsons that were racially motivated. When reports first came out and no one knew all the facts there was speculation that maybe they were racially motivated. All I was saying is I could understand that first speculation given the history of the area.

Of course now we know they weren't.
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