Friday, November 19, 2004

Hate Crime at Baptist Church

Vandals Spray-Paint Satanic Messages At Church
POSTED: 6:27 am EST November 19, 2004

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- Vandals spray-painted Satanic slogans and symbols on a church near Hillsborough in what authorities are calling a felony hate crime.
Six-six-six, upside-down crosses and pentagrams were splashed with bright orange paint early Wednesday on a bulletin board, at the church entrance, and on a storage building.
Letters on a sign at Cross Roads Baptist Church were scrambled to say "Hail Satan" and call congregation members fools to pray to God.
Orange County authorities are investigating the offense, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Pastor Philip Moore says his congregation has an idea for punishing the culprits: let them choose between spending a year attending the church or spending the year in prison.
If they choose church, Moore says he and the congregation would -- quote -- "just love them to death, and they'd change."