As a matter of fact, yes, lightning does strike white churches. As the Los Angeles Times recently reported, one house of worship that’s been routinely counted among the rash of black church burnings is a white church the county fire chief is “98 percent sure” was caused by a lightning strike.
Also almost certainly started by a lightning strike, it was announced today, was the fire that gutted the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, S.C., on Tuesday.
CNN also reports that lightning is the primary suspect: “A forensics report of lightning strikes by CNN meteorologists shows four strikes occurred in the immediate vicinity of the church, all at 7:18 p.m. ET Tuesday.”
Kudos to Jesse Jackson for exercising restraint and referring to “church fires” and not “church burnings” or arson.
ABC News 4 today has an extensive, must-read list of recent church fires and the status of the investigation into each. Some are being investigated as arson, others vandalism, while others have been ruled out as electrical fires. While many complained that the media was willfully ignoring the rash of church fires, the media is now compelled to report on every church fire, perpetuating the belief that someone must be behind them.
Michelle Malkin writes in her column today:
The last thing the community and our country need are hysterical journalists compounding the pain with inflammatory reporting on an unsubstantiated “epidemic” of black church arsons.
Reminder: Several of the hyped hate crimes against black churches had been committed by black suspects; a significant number of the black churches were, in fact, white churches; and the complex motives behind the crimes included mental illness, vandalism and concealment of theft.
Once again, falsified history is repeating itself.
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The fire chief says he doesn’t know where the governor got her information.
Which leads us to ask: Where did Chris Hayes get his information? MSNBC?