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Vandalism report from conservative Episcopal parish
private discussion list | ?8 August 2003 | Rev. Scott Wooten

Posted on 08/10/2003 1:35 PM PDT by ahadams2

A message from the Rev. Scott Wooten, vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Graham, Texas.

Friends in Christ,

On Tuesday, August 5th, late in the night, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Graham Texas, located in the Diocese of Fort Worth, was vandalized, and a portion of it was set ablaze.

The main church was littered with food from the kitchen and candle wax from the altar. The parish hall received the same treatment. The office area was set on fire. The only lead the police have is writing on the all: "God and Jesus love Homosexuals."

A hate crime, probably; committed against orthodox Episcopalians.

The thought of an active persecution crossed my mind when I decided to take a stand against Biblical revisionists, but it turned very personal when it hit my church. You see, in that office was a desk, given as a present for graduation from seminary, the chair was my deceased grandfathers; he practiced medicine for 55 years sitting in that chair. The stoles in my office were from my childhood parish priest,now also deceased, who first encouraged my calling to the priesthood. All was destroyed or damaged by this action.

My small mission congregation has been shaken; this type of hate and violence are not common in small towns. The politics of hate became very real to me this week, I ask your prayers for my mission family, and for God to give me the words to comfort my flock.

The Rev. Scott Wooten

TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture


1 posted on 08/10/2003 1:35 PM PDT by ahadams2
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To: ahadams2

I'm waiting for the first Kristelnacht against conservative Christian churches. I give it about 10 years.

2 posted on 08/10/2003 3:12 PM PDT by Conservative til I die (They say anti-Catholicism is the thinking man's anti-Semitism; that's an insult to thinking men)
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To: ahadams2

"Probably" a hate crime?

The Reverend should have been preparing his flock for the martyrdoms that are coming from the day the decision was announced. Grace and strength to them all, they will need it for the war.

3 posted on 08/10/2003 4:51 PM PDT by jmc159 (Never seen a bluer sky.../ I can feel it reaching out and moving closer...)
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To: ahadams2

An anti-hate crime bump!

4 posted on 08/11/2003 9:06 AM PDT by Perseverando
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