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Six Churches In The Ferguson Area Have Been Set On Fire This Month

Since October 8, six churches, most of which have predominantly black congregations, near Ferguson, Missouri have been set on fire.

Officials, including the police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), confirmed each fire was intentionally set.

The fires were all started in the same manner: The churches' doors were sprayed with accelerants and set on fire. Luckily, the fires have, for the most part, not caused a lot of damage in the churches and were started after people left.

David Triggs, the pastor of New Life Missionary Baptist Church, which was set on fire this past weekend, told The Washington Post,

There's been speculation that this is a white man coming against black churches, but we don't know that. It could be a black man coming against black churches. We don't know if there's any race barrier to this; but we know it is a sin issue and it has to be addressed as such — through prayer.

Many people have been criticizing the lack of public and media responses to these attacks, saying it's a result of apathy and racism, especially given the mass coverage of protests in Ferguson.

Pastor Rodrick Burton of New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, a church also set on fire, told Fusion,

I have just been stunned by the apathetic response in the faith community. I have been stunned by the lack of response, period.

The ATF and Crime Stoppers are offering a $2,000 reward for information about the fires, Fox reports.

Citations: Arson suspected at six St. Louis torched churches (The Washington Post)

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Alexandra is the Senior News Editor at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos
Alexandra is the Senior News Editor at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos

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