From the Summer, 1997 issue of Touchstone
Is <title>Church News from Washington by Mark Tooley

Church News from Washington

by Mark Tooley

No Evidence Found for Church Arson Conspiracy

A recently released report by the National Church Arson Task Force has confirmed that there never was any evidence of an upsurge in racist, fiery attacks upon black churches, despite the media spotlight of last year. The report told us little that is new. Insurance statistics already had shown that 500–600 churches suffer arson every year. And no comprehensive data ever indicated that black churches were any more vulnerable to attack than white churches.

Still, the federal report was greeted with headlines expressing surprise. For most Americans, it was news that the task force had found no evidence of a racist plot, found that more white churches than black churches were s . . .


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