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Richmond police follow leads in church shooting

Posted in Anti-Christian Bigotry, Church, Hate Crimes, Religion with tags , , , on February 17, 2010 by saynsumthn

By Karl Fischer
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 02/16/2010 01:22:57 PM PST

The outside world sees New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ as the place where hooded gunmen struck down two young parishioners during Sunday services.
But pastor Archie Levias sees something different within those white walls, under the red tile roof.

He sees the church where nobody died.

“They shot five times. Two people were hit, but nobody got killed,” Levias said Thursday, looking at the building on the corner of 21st Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Richmond. “God had his hand covered over this church.”

Police say three gunmen in hooded sweatshirts walked into the church about 12:30 p.m. and, after walking the aisles as if looking for someone, opened fire. There are a couple of holes in the wall. The carpet needs replacing.

But their work goes on and parishioners gathered again to give praise Tuesday night, as they had minutes after Sunday’s shooting.

With more than 100 people packed into the pews, pastors praised God for sparing the lives of the two shooting victims, asked for forgiveness and salvation for the shooters, and outlined an ambitious list of activities they hope will counteract the violence.

“Thank the Lord for another day,” Levias said.

This Saturday as many as 200 pastors, working with city leaders and the police department, will try to spread the message to city residents that they are stronger than ever.
On Feb. 28, the city’s many churches will display banners that read: “Never Again. Our voice, our city, our hope.” That day pastors plan to visit 10,000 homes in the area to talk about God and distribute Bibles.

Rest of story – here

Another Hate Crime against Christians- 2 Teens shot in California Church

Posted in Anti-Christian Bigotry, Church, Hate Crimes with tags , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by saynsumthn

2/15/2010

(CNN) — A Sunday church service in Richmond, California, erupted into chaos when three gunmen opened fire on congregants, injuring two teens, according to police.

Police headed to the New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ about 12:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET), after three hooded men shot at churchgoers, Richmond police spokeswoman Bisa French told CNN.

“We’re not sure if those two victims were targeted, but someone definitely in that general area where the victims were, was targeted,” French said.

Police are unsure why the church, filled with more than 100 people, was attacked.

The male victims, ages 14 and 19, are expected to make full recoveries, French said.

The assailants were described as being in their late teens or early 20s, French said.

On the East Bay, Richmond is north of Berkeley, California.

QUESTION #1 – Will Federal Marshalls be sent to “Protect” these churchgoers? Just Asking – because they have been sent to abortion clinics. But as attacks on churches mount – like in Texas where several churches have been burned down, and in Florida where two preachers were murdered on the streets preaching – all this month, no one seems concerned enough to pass “Hate Crimes” legislation or send Federal Marshals to protect Christians. Click the links and the “Hate Crimes” section of this blog as well as the “pro-choice Violence” section of this blog to read more.