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Minnesota Churches Damaged with Rocks, Homophobic Messages by Vandal 'Angry at God'

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with attacks on six churches in Buffalo, Minnesota. The places of worship were damaged with rocks and posters containing homophobic messages that relayed the vandal's "anger with God," according to police.

The Star-Tribune reports: Mnchurches

"The suspect explained that he was motivated to commit these acts due to his anger with God over personal issues; there was no mention of, nor any indication of, political motivations to the suspect's actions," Weinzetl said Wednesday night. The chief had said earlier that when there are multiple attacks on religious institutions, it gives authorities a reason to believe that the attacks have a "religious bent."

"An attack against a religion in and of itself is a bias or a hate crime," he said. He added that the material on the posters was "blasphemous and also included homosexual references" that are "an attack on a class of people."

Weinzetl declined to give specific examples of what the messages contained, other than to characterize them as "inflammatory" and add that "the word gay is mentioned, and there are other terms mentioned that would be derogatory to people of a homosexual nature. ... And it probably doesn't take a genius to figure out what those words may be."

One of the pastors at a damaged church, Rob Jarvis, is uncertain whether the vandalism is related to Minnesota's upcoming ballot measure on same-sex marriage:

"I originally thought the vandalism might have been related to the amendment because of the poster, but there was nothing indicating the amendment on the posters, and the random selection of churches would also probably dismiss that theory," Jarvis said. "But I wonder if all the talk about the [marriage] amendment might have aggravated this particular person."

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  1. I believe that should read "Buffalo, MN", not "Buffalo, NY".

    Posted by: Chad | Sep 27, 2012 12:04:44 PM

  2. Also, the Star Tribune says it's a 30yo man.

    Posted by: Syrax | Sep 27, 2012 12:30:00 PM

  3. Whatever details emerge about this, the perpetrator must be pretty internally tormented to lash out like this. I hope he gets the help he needs.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 27, 2012 12:45:48 PM

  4. When heterosexual males feel they've been "wronged" they take it out on other people, animals, or objects. Be careful.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Sep 27, 2012 1:11:13 PM

  5. Let me guess. The guy is angry at God for making him gay?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 27, 2012 2:27:19 PM

  6. Gay men do that even more, Billy. And in much worse ways than this. (Be VERY careful).

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 27, 2012 4:22:16 PM

  7. Yupp the troll is yet another alias of Rick/Jason. Ignore it and the troll will die off.

    Posted by: MateoM | Sep 27, 2012 6:40:43 PM

  8. Mateom also goes by Paul II ; the Count ; Noodles ; and Doodles. Just ignore them.

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 27, 2012 8:41:31 PM

  9. Angry at God, so let's vandalize His houses? Wow...if he's angry now, wait until the courts have their way with him. He will have a whole new world of hate if and when he enters prison. If these rubes ever understood the consequences of their actions, they might not ever commit them. Throw the book at the idiot. Make him scrub that vandalism off those churches with his toothbrush, if he even owns one.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Sep 28, 2012 1:39:00 AM

  10. Another crazy Christian on meds, thank God he did not have a gun and murder people.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 28, 2012 11:41:39 AM

  11. This particular homophobe must be even dumber than most of the others. I mean why attack a church? Most of them are on *his* side.

    Posted by: Robertliness | Sep 28, 2012 5:55:28 PM

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