Vigilante Justice? Suspected arson destroys a Mississippi church that refused to abide by local coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
A church in Mississippi was destroyed by a suspected arson fire, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on gathering restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak.
First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, burned down Wednesday morning, news outlets reported. When investigators from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office got to the scene, they found graffiti in the church parking lot that read: “Bet you stay home now you hypokrites.”
WMC Action News 5 reports:
A Mississippi church at the center of an arson investigation is the same church currently in a battle with city leaders over a COVID-19 safer-at-home order.
First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs was destroyed by what investigators believe is an arsonist.
Investigators found graffiti on pavement in the church parking lot that reads, “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits (sic).”
Jerry Waldrop, the pastor of the church, said they “have no idea” who would want to see the church destroyed:
However, the church has been the center of controversy after refusing to follow local coronavirus restrictions by holding an Easter church service and Bible study in defiance of the law.
We’ve kind of racked our brains and we have no idea. No enemies that we know of. We don’t know anyone that we even think could be capable of doing something like this.
In fact, the infraction was so egregious that local law enforcement officials had to be called to break up the gathering because it posed such a dangerous health hazard.
As a result of that incident, “Waldrop filed a lawsuit in April against the City of Holly Springs. The 14-page document claims local police officers disrupted a mid-week bible study and the church’s Easter service…”
And so the question remains – who burnt down the church? Who is the arsonist? Now it may be that the arsonist was someone angry that the church had placed many lives at risk by violating the coronavirus pandemic restrictions; or, it may have been a member of the church attempting to vilify those who support the coronavirus restrictions and condemned the church’s irresponsible and dangerous actions.
Currently, the investigation into the suspected arson is active and open.
Bottom line: Suspected arson destroyed the First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, after the church refused to abide by local coronavirus pandemic restrictions, and in so doing placing the lives of many community members at risk.