Sunday, February 12, 2006

Tenth Alabama Baptist Church Fire

Another Baptist Church in Alabama is burned, this time in Beaverton Freewill Baptist Church. The town of Beaverton is in the northwestern part of Alabama.
Although all of the fires have been in Baptist churches, they have been equally split racially, five of the churches have a mostly white congregation and five have a mostly Black congregation.

""Meanwhile Sunday, authorities said they want to hear from those responsible for setting the church fires.
"We do think they have a message," said Jim Cavanaugh of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "We would like to hear what they would have to say ... We want them to call us. We want to listen."
Police believe the arsons are being committed by two young men in their 20s or early 30s, he said. ""

No one has been hurt in any of the fires so far, and police have said they are taking this into consideration. Earlier reports suggest the suspects are two white men in a Nissan Pathfinder. A $10,000 reward has been offered.


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