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May 2008
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Dominionist hate crime against Catholic church in AL

http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1129454355261710.xml&coll=1&thispage=1
http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/051004/church.shtml
http://www.hartselleenquirer.com/articles/2005/10/05/news/news1.txt
http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1128417430152490.xml&coll=1
http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/opinion/editorials/051009a.shtml
http://www.waff.com/Global/story.asp?S=3931806&nav=0hBE
http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/051003/assault.shtml
http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1128503864150130.xml&coll=1
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051005/NEWS02/510050350/1009

Two persons--neither of which are from the Hartselle, AL area--interrupted a Mass held at a Hartselle-area Catholic church and attempted to destroy the altar claiming they did so "on orders from God".

The article does not detail which churches they are affiliated with, but the description of theology by the two persons (being held in jail) indicate they may be involved in the "third wave"/"spiritual warfare" flavours of dominionism. There are also indications the reason they destroyed objects in the church is on account they saw people in the church as "worshipping objects".

In fact, per statements from witnesses (http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1129454346261710.xml&coll=1) the church invaders were accusing the church of "idol worship" before the attempt to destroy the altar.

Per other reports (http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/051005/church.shtml) the persons who disrupted the service have been in town for approximately one month, mostly in libraries reading "religious books"; http://www.waff.com/Global/story.asp?S=3931897&nav=0hBE has a video interview with a neighbour of one of the persons accused of attacking the altar.

At least one report (http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2005/10/05/suspect_says_attack_on_church_followed_vision_from_god/) indicates they may have even felt the present pope was the Antichrist.

The second article is especially telling in regards to the potential involvement of dominionist groups into "deliverance ministry/spiritual warfare", as they are reported to have harassed a coffeeshop owner (who has also been subjected to hate speech due to claims he is having Wiccan meetings in the coffeeshop--see http://www.hartselleenquirer.com/articles/2005/09/28/news/news1.txt for further details) and who in fact were called to the area because of the article re the coffeeshop in the Hartselle Enquirer.

Per http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/051017/church.shtml the FBI is now investigating the act as a hate crime.

I am noting this as a) this sort of theology is very common in dominionist circles (in that, especially in regards to dominionist groups practicing "third wave" and/or "latter rain" theology it is literally preached that people are being used as "God's puppets" to institute a theocracy) and b) I intend to post a very large post to this community later today regarding dominionism (and in particular the groups associated with dominionism) as coercive groups.

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