Originally published in The Christian Post
Rioters carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs threw Bibles into a fire in front of the federal courthouse in Portland and burned an American flag, leaving bystanders wondering what that act of arson had to do with protesting against police brutality.
“People began starting a fire in the street in front of the federal courthouse which started with burning a Bible, then an American flag, until more and more items were added,” according to KOIN reporter Danny Peterson. “Finally around 1am (Saturday), yellow-clad members of the group Moms United for Black Lives Matter went over to the fire and put it out with bottles of water and stamped it out.”
“Left-wing activists bring a stack of Bibles to burn in front of the federal courthouse in Portland,” Ian Cheong, managing editor of Human Events, wrote in a post with a video that shows Bibles being tossed into a fire. “Do not be under the illusion that these protests and riots are anything but an attempt to dismantle all of Western Civilization and upend centuries of tradition and freedom of religion.”
Riots in Portland have been ongoing since the May 25 death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. President Donald Trump sent federal law enforcement to Portland to protect federal buildings and crackdown on violence.
After “repeated requests” from Oregon Gov Kate Brown, the federal government “agreed to a phased withdrawal of federal officers,” which began this week. Brown said the federal officers had acted as an “occupying force” and “brought violence and strife to our community.”
The Department of Homeland Security said Saturday that violence is abating and their “enhanced presence on the ground will remain for the time being until the department determines that the courthouse and other federal property are safe.”
On Friday, 18-year-old Gabriel Agard-Berryhill was charged in a criminal complaint for allegedly throwing an explosive device into the entrance of the federal courthouse in Portland.
“No legitimate protest message is advanced by throwing a large explosive device against a government building,” US Attorney Billy J Williams said, according to Fox News. “Mr Agard-Berryhill’s actions could have gravely injured law enforcement officers positioned near the courthouse, other protesters standing nearby, or himself.”
BLM protesters storm church service
Meanwhile in Troy, New York, Black Lives Matter protesters stormed a worship service in Troy, New York, taking over their sanctuary and shouting “Black lives matter”, and insulting worshippers and telling them “Jesus don’t love you,” reports News Punch.
The small worship service at Grace Baptist Church was underway when at least 10 BLM protestors walked into the church and announced “Black lives matter.”
Christians at Grace Baptist Church in Troy, NY we’re gathering to worship Sunday when BLM stormed their sanctuary and took over their church.
Violent BLM members stopped the service and assaulted the peaceful Christians verbally and physically.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 6, 2020