Christian leaders applaud arrests in Alabama church fires

.- The Christian Defense Coalition and National Clergy Council have commended federal and state law enforcement for stemming hate crimes against Christians by apprehending those behind the recent Alabama church fires.

The two organizations visited the burned churches and helped set up a fund for their reconstruction. They had also lobbied aggressively for the Department of Justice and President George Bush to make this investigation a top priority.

“When a church is burned and attacked in America, faith itself and religious expression is under attack. It is more than just a building being burned,” said Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in a statement.

“The faith community must continually stress to the American public that over 1,000 churches have been burned in the past 10 years and that Christianity is the overwhelming target of hate crimes and attacks in America,” he said.


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