Church Arson in Canada

Attacks on churches and pro-Christian causes are not met with the same outcry as other hate crimes.


John Stonestreet

Timothy D Padgett

On February 9, a church in Regina, Saskatchewan was burned by an arsonist. A video posted by the Christian Emergency Alliance showed a masked man pouring gasoline on the front steps before igniting it. 

The arsonist has not made a statement since his arrest, so it’s not clear what his motives were. However, given Canada’s recent history, it’s likely that this was another in a long line of attacks on churches. 

Even worse is the government’s response to the attacks, which has been underwhelming to say the least. Eerily similar to how attacks against pro-life pregnancy centers have been handled on this side of the border, it seems that some state officials believe that only some hate crimes are worth rebuking. However, when those with the power and call to protect don’t call out all violence, at least with the same enthusiasm as they do other violence, it only encourages more attacks. 


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