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Fake hate crime in Atlanta

A 60-year-old black man was arrested in Atlanta last month after he allegedly vandalized a historic Baptist church with spray-painted imagery of swastikas as a hanging.

Atlanta Police arrested James McIntyre on February 19 in connection to the vandalism after surveillance cameras caught him tagging Providence Missionary Baptist Church on Benjamin E. Mays Drive, according to Fox 5. Officials said that during the investigation, they found McIntyre sitting across the street from the scene of the crime.

According to 11 Alive, the front of the church was tagged with several messages including "devil worship 666," "apostate," "Satan," "sin," and at least one homophobic message. The main doors had a backward swastika and imagery of a hanging painted on them.

Atlanta Police said that McIntyre had been removed from the property the previous Sunday for trespassing.

Reverend Doctor Gerald Durley, the church’s former pastor, told Channel 2 Action News that he hopes those responsible will be prosecuted under hate crime laws.

"This is an atrocity to America. It’s sad when on a Sunday morning when people come to worship that these kinds of abusive markings are placed all over the building." Durley said. "Any words are offensive when they attach someone’s race, gender or faith."

In response to a TikTok video posted of local news coverage of the vandalism, in which a photo of McIntyre was not shown, some users appeared to presume that the suspect was white.

"I have been to that church in the pass [sic] for black political conference, still have pictures. White Racism and WP is mother nature’s worst mistake," wrote one TikTok user.

"Wow…Gays Blacks Jews n Christians….these racist people are full of venom and incurable poison."

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by Anonymousreply 13March 18, 2023 12:58 PM

It’s not a fake hate crime.

by Anonymousreply 1March 18, 2023 5:50 AM

Is that Jussie Smollet's father?

by Anonymousreply 2March 18, 2023 5:52 AM

Sorry OP but graffitiing a Christian Church with "devil worship," "666," "apostate," "Satan," and "sin," and at least one homophobic message....

[bold]... is probably a real hate crime.[/bold]

by Anonymousreply 3March 18, 2023 7:14 AM

Oh shit.. Hahaha! OP's link is RightWing Covid-Conspiracy site, The Post Millennial.

Yikes. The closet cases are out tonight.

by Anonymousreply 4March 18, 2023 7:16 AM

That man is too old to be acting like the fool. Throw the book at him.

by Anonymousreply 5March 18, 2023 7:42 AM

This isn't going to help my appeal.

by Anonymousreply 6March 18, 2023 9:06 AM

He’s either mentally ill or he is a conservative Black man who thinks this mainstream Black church is too political. It would be fake if he were trying to get sympathy for the church.

Not all Black people have the same political views.

Is he a member there? I doubt it.

by Anonymousreply 7March 18, 2023 10:12 AM

Fakers always overdo it

by Anonymousreply 8March 18, 2023 10:21 AM

A "backward swastika"... backward or forward, it's still equally offensive and meant to instill fear and intimidation, it's vile, all of it is vile and vulgar, people are insane... :-/

by Anonymousreply 9March 18, 2023 10:54 AM

I never even knew there was such a thing a a backward swastika.

by Anonymousreply 10March 18, 2023 10:57 AM

A backward swastika... Isn't it a buddhist symbol in Asia?

by Anonymousreply 11March 18, 2023 10:59 AM

R10 R11 It's called a manji.

by Anonymousreply 12March 18, 2023 12:54 PM

Racist Anti Semite. So he’s doing it but no one’s as outraged as if it was a white racist doing this. Racists are hateful. Period.

by Anonymousreply 13March 18, 2023 12:58 PM
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