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California church known for anti-LGBT beliefs is BOMBED… and county official's answer is ‘unity' to address ‘hate issues'

Added 01-24-21 07:37:02pm EST - “A church east of Los Angeles that had been branded as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of its anti-LGBTQ views has been damaged in an IED attack, prompting a county official to essentially blame the victim.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “California church known for anti-LGBT beliefs is BOMBED… and county official's answer is ‘unity’ to address ‘hate issues’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis noted that “violence is never the answer, even in response to hate speech,” but her plan of action following Saturday's bombing of First Works Baptist Church in El Monte was to call for community leaders to come together to “address hate issues.”

My statement on this morning’s explosion at a local church in the City of El Monte. https://t.co/viTRZiy7slpic.twitter.com/os4Nih6bW0

The FBI is investigating the attack, in which a homemade explosive device was apparently thrown into the church. Responding to the scene shortly after 1am local time, firefighters encountered smoke coming out of the windows and saw the front of the building vandalized with graffiti.

The FBI responded overnight with @elmontepolice & @LASDHQ to an #IED attack at the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, CA. Bomb Techs & the FBI's Evidence Team continue to process the scene. If you have a tip about the responsible party, please call 3104776565. #SeekingInfopic.twitter.com/LobrjbrZtx

The controversial civil rights non-profit SPLC has been tracking First Works Baptist as an alleged hate group going back to at least 2019. The watchdog similarly condemned the Family Research Council for alleged anti-LGBTQ bigotry, partially inspiring an August 2012 attack by a gunman who sought to kill as many employees there as possible but was disarmed after shooting a security guard.

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