College ‘Pranksters’ Charged with Alabama Church Fires

Nine fires set at Baptist churches in Alabama last months apparently were neither racially motivated hate crimes nor attacks on organized religion or the Baptist faith, but instead a prank that got out of hand, authorities said Wednesday in announcing the arrests of...

Church Fires Hit Home

The rash of rural church burnings in Alabama became personal to me this week. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the First Baptist Church of Dancy was damaged by smoke and fire. The good work of the volunteer fire department in the community saved the building. About six years ago I...

More Church Fires Hit Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–Fire erupted at three more rural Alabama churches Tuesday, less than a week after five Baptist churches burned in the state. State and federal investigators were dispatched to the sites, said Ragan Ingram, assistant commissioner of the Alabama...

Who Would Burn a Church and Why

Once again churches are being burned in Alabama. Nine so far, but with great fear that there will be more. We’ve seen this before in the 1990’s, rural churches, mostly African-American congregations, torched and left in ruins. This round may be different....