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.

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Mark Tooley directs the United Methodist committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (www.ird-renew.org) in Washington, D.C.

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