The ongoing riots and “protests” in the name of saving Black lives have claimed yet another casualty—this time a Pennsylvania church building.
Philadelphia’s Vietnamese Baptist Church was declared a “total loss” after its interior was reduced to little more than ash during the purportedly peaceful protest earlier this week.
A Vietnamese Baptist church was burned in Philadelphia last night. The Pastor says they poured a chemical accelerant on the roof and set fire to the building. Video of the aftermath of the fire. (video from Baptist Resource Network FB) pic.twitter.com/CTHGo7lENX
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) October 29, 2020
According to The Baptist Press, the building was razed Tuesday night during the second night of unrest following the shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace, Jr. by police.
Pastor Philip Pham told the outlet he had received a call on Tuesday night from a church member whose friend saw the church on fire and surrounded by several fire trucks.
“I have no idea why they attacked our church,” Pham lamented. “They burned it from the roof. They threw flammable chemicals on the roof and [flames] burned through the roof” and spread throughout the rest of the building.
The Baptist Press adds:
Of primary concern to Pham were three hard drives. Since before purchasing the building in 2005, Vietnam Baptist Church has served as something of a community center each weekday, providing help with immigration paperwork, taxes and even marriage counseling.
Reports from social media indicate that the imposition of a city-wide curfew helped to significantly curb the violence.
A much quieter scene in Philly tonight after a city-imposed curfew of 9 pm. Seeing police spread throughout the city, most near retail businesses. Hearing reports of smaller-scale looting but nothing like the scene from last night near Walmart. Wrapping up for the night #Philly
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) October 29, 2020
Meanwhile, however, unrest continued in Washington, DC, with several police officers being injured by fireworks launched at them by rioters on Wednesday.
This is likely this incident that injured a few officers this evening. Witnessed several fireworks launched at officers. pic.twitter.com/XzAD1lVetb
— Van Applegate (@vbagate) October 29, 2020
This particular riot stemmed from the death of a man named Karon Hylton, who was killed in a crash with another vehicle after evading police on his moped when they sought to apprehend him for not wearing a helmet.
The crowd in DC on Wednesday evolved into a march around the area, according to the Washington Post, with police using pepper spray and flashbang munitions to hold the mob back from a nearby police station that had been attacked the night before.
Protesters, in turn, launched water bottles and at least one round of fireworks aimed at officers while shouting, “who do you protect?”
Saints, please continue to pray for our nation and those who protect it from lawlessness.
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