First Baptist Church in Gravois Mills

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The First Baptist Church in Gravois Mills was vandalized and threatened by homosexual activists and received obscene phone calls. An FBI agent refused to list the incident as a hate crime.

The First Baptist Church in Gravois Mills was harrased by homosexual activists. The Baptist Press reported the following:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has refused to investigate threats made by homosexual activists against a Missouri Baptist Convention church in the Lake of the Ozarks area, The Pathway convention news journal has learned.

Ted Haynes, who has pastored First Baptist Church in Gravois Mills the last eight years, said he was treated rudely by an FBI worker when he attempted to report the threats against his church, obscene phone messages and the defacing of his church's sign along Missouri Highway 5 about eight miles south of Versailles. [1]

Pastor Haynes stated he was referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) because local authorities felt it could be classified a federal hate crime.[2] However, the agent classified the crime as vandalism and not a hate crime.[3] According to Pastor Haynes the agent warned him not to say anything to the homosexual activists 'if they come down and start demonstrating' and he was also warned to not call them any names or he would be infringing on their minority rights.[4] According to the Baptist Press, "Jeff Lanza, an FBI spokesman in Kansas City, said it would not be proper for him to comment on the conversation that occurred between the agent and the Baptist pastor because "I wasn't there to hear what was said back and forth."" The incident involved an anti-homosexuality Bible verse on the churches' sign.[5]

References

  1. Pastor finds FBI unresponsive to homosexual activists' threats, Bob Baysinger, Baptist Press, Nov 13, 2003.
  2. Pastor finds FBI unresponsive to homosexual activists' threats, Bob Baysinger, Baptist Press, Nov 13, 2003.
  3. Pastor finds FBI unresponsive to homosexual activists' threats, Bob Baysinger, Baptist Press, Nov 13, 2003.
  4. Pastor finds FBI unresponsive to homosexual activists' threats, Bob Baysinger, Baptist Press, Nov 13, 2003.
  5. Pastor finds FBI unresponsive to homosexual activists' threats, Bob Baysinger, Baptist Press, Nov 13, 2003.
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