Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hate Crime: Sarah Palin's Church Torched

Attempted murder of several churchgoers, including children, at the Wasilla Bible Church not declared a "hate crime" by authorities, despite the well-known fact that Palin-hating liberals reside in Alaska.

UPDATE 1/28/09: Murder intent

-- From "Palin's church targeted by arsonist" by Mark Kelly, Asst. Editor, Baptist Press, 12/16/08

The arsonist who tried to set fire to Wasilla Bible Church -- the home congregation of former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- placed accelerants at building exits and almost certainly knew people were in the building at the time.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found accelerants in several locations outside the church building, including doorways, ATF spokesman Nick Starcevic told the Anchorage Daily News. Five people, including two children, were inside Dec. 12 when the fire was set just before 9:40 p.m., and a half-dozen cars were in the parking lot at the time, according to the congregation's senior pastor, Larry Kroon.

The building's occupants all escaped unharmed and the most serious damage was limited to a back corner of the church where offices and a classroom were located. The blaze caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the two-year-old building, which is valued at upwards of $4 million, according to news reports.

The ATF spokesman said it was unclear what type of accelerant had been used in the crime, but samples had been sent to the state crime lab in Anchorage for testing. Wasilla police said authorities had no suspects or motive at this point. Kroon told reporters he did not recall the church receiving any threats.

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